“Spring Fling” Kidlit contest entry

Ciara O’Neal has an annual SpringFling contest where Kidlit writers pair 150-words-or-fewer stories with an animated .gif. In my case, I chose to use a silly poem I had written. Read all about Spring Fling on Ciara’s blog.

Here is my entry for 2021. 🙂

(Band-aid guy gif via Giphy.)

I Think I Need a Band-Aid (111 words)

Remember when I bumped my arm?
I think I need a band-aid.

That summer I stepped on that nail at the farm?
I think I need a band-aid.

My forehead feels quite hot, you see.
I think I need a band-aid.

This paper cut keeps bothering me!
I think I need a band-aid.

My legs are bruised from my scooter crash.
I think I need a band-aid.

My arms are sore from taking out the trash.
I think I need a band-aid.

My brain hurts from spelling ‘weird’ and ‘friend.’
I think I need a band-aid.

And now I bit my tongue at the end,
I thick I neeb a bandhaid.

New book out by Jessica Young and Rafael López

I was delighted to be selected by the talented Jessica Young for a picture book mentorship this year, through SCBWI MidSouth. Of course, the big reason I was so thrilled was because of Jessica herself!

Well, she’s got a new book out this very week–illustrated by the amazing Rafael López–titled, “I’ll Meet You in Your Dreams” (Little, Brown), and I just can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I pre-ordered it but it’s taking just a minute to get out to me, thanks to living on the other side of the world right now.

While I’m waiting for Mr. Postman to show, I thought I’d share a link to the fabulous book launch they did (virtually, naturally) in conversation with Julie Danielson of the children’s literature blog, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. It was a really fascinating and compelling look into the beautiful stories behind the beautiful story.

You can see their conversation (even if you don’t have a Facebook login) at: