Wednesday, November 6, 2019

11th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards - VOTE FOR MOLDILOCKS

                          VOTE FOR  MOLDILOCKS! 

The 11th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards is going on and you can WRITE IN votes! Please help my little adoptee see the light of day by writing her in. 

If you reread this book, you will see that this book is not only a fun Halloween read, but shows an adoptive family and adoptee pre-adoption and examines some of their needs and also subtly shows that it is not easy to acclimate into a new household. Importantly it shows that adopting a child isn't always a wonderful thing for just the child, but the family. Everybody wins! There's so much more to this book than meets the eye! 

For those who don't realized I'm an adoptee and there's little flecks of my own knowledge and experience in this book. 

I've copied and pasted the rules below in case there's any confusion. Moldilocks is not showing up now, but you can write her in, and hopefully will show up as one of the top-five written-in votes. Please help me get this little adoptee the recognition she deserves. A vote for Moldilocks is a vote for bringing families together!

Thanks in advance for your continued support!  

2019 Rules & Eligibility

The 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards have three rounds of voting open to all registered Goodreads members. Winners will be announced December 10, 2019.

Opening Round: Nov 05 - 10

Voting opens to 15 official nominees, and write-in votes can be placed for any eligible book (see eligibility below).

Semifinal Round: Nov 12 - 17

The top five write-in votes in each of the categories become official nominees. Additional write-ins no longer accepted.

Final Round: Nov 19 - Dec 02

The field narrows to the top 10 books in each category, and members have one last chance to vote!

2019 Eligibility

Books published in the United States in English, including works in translation and other significant rereleases, between November 16, 2018, and November 15, 2019, are eligible for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards. Books published between November 16, 2019, and November 15, 2020, will be eligible for the 2020 awards.
We analyze statistics from the millions of books added, rated, and reviewed on Goodreads to nominate 15 books in each category. Opening round official nominees must have an average rating of 3.50 or higher at the time of launch. Write-in votes may be cast for eligible books with any average rating, and write-in votes will be weighted by the book's Goodreads statistics to determine the top five books to be added as official nominees in the Semifinal Round. A book may be nominated in no more than one genre category, but can also be nominated in the Debut Novel category. Only one book in a series may be nominated per category. An author may receive multiple nominations within a single category if he or she has more than one eligible series or more than one eligible stand-alone book.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019


It was a busy day for me today for many reasons, most of all busy with doing important author stuff like promotion and marketing, but that doesn't mean I didn't take some time to celebrate this wonderful book's birthday with a nice bowl of Korean Ramyun. To be honest I just LOVE this book and am so happy with the way it turned out.

My lunch choice was inspired not only by my love for travel and for Korea, but because I was so sad to have finally finished watching all 20 episodes of the K-Drama REPLY 1988 last night. While it took a while to get off the ground with so many characters, it is definitely one of my top favorites!

Here's a Korean Ramyun recipe in case you want to join me!

I was too busy to make the authentic Danish Cinnamon rolls and share the recipe and pictures here as I had planned, but I will, soon! These were inspired by my visits to Denmark this summer.

And here's some tasty reading for when you're done!

The appetizers...

2019-11-05 Lets Eat Journey on Writing and Illustrating Blog

2019-11-05 Simply Seven - Jena Benton

And here's how to get the main course:

THANK YOU for Celebrating with me! Let's Eat! 

Friday, November 1, 2019

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY Barnyard Bubbe's Hanukkah by J.Klein-Higger and B. Sharf (by the Authors)

JKH: Hi Lynn Marie! Thanks so much for inviting us to share our “story behind the story” with you. I’m Joni Klein-Higger.

BS: I’m Barbara Sharf.

 JKH and BS: And we are the co-authors of Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah.

JKH: The initial concept for our board book, Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah, was inspired by Susanna Leonard Hill’s “Ho Ho Ho” writing challenge: Create a children’s holiday story using the basic format/concept of the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” A song! I thought it would have been a breeze for me to write since I was a songwriter with plenty of holiday songs under my belt.

Wrong. Though I had the nuts and bolts of a cute holiday story, it still needed spunk, so I called my funny (and fun!) friend, Barbara Sharf, to help bring my story to life.

BS: “You want me to help you write a book? You’re kidding, right?” Though Joni and I collaborated on musical spiels in the past, I never thought writing a book would be in my future, let alone writing a children’s picture book. But then I thought, hey, why not? Joni had the idea of a “bubbe,” (Yiddish for “grandmother,”) who makes potato latkes for Hanukkah. I love animals and thought it would be fun to have farm animals anonymously leave a present for Barnyard Bubbe each night of the holiday.

JKH: Barbara and I always worked well together, and once she got involved in writing Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah with me, the creative sparks started to fly. We finished our book in no time flat. The greatest challenge was agreeing to the sounds different animals made.

BS: Baah or Maah?  What sound would a dog’s paw make knocking on a door? You get the idea.

JKH: Then we tweaked, tweaked and tweaked some more until we were ready to send it to Lerner Publishing Group/Kar-Ben Publishing.

BS: Since then, Joni and I have collaborated on several other stories, and I’m proud to say I recently joined SCBWI and am writing picture books of my own.

JKH: I’ve seen her manuscripts, and must say, she’s off to an awesome start!
Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah hit the shelves September 1, 2019, and Barbara and I love sharing it with children around the country.

BS: And we have such a fun musical author presentation. We sing some of Joni’s original songs.

JKH: And “you know who…” that’s right, the funny lady sitting next to me…, uses her acting and singing talents to portray Barnyard Bubbe.

BS: That’s the story behind our story. Thanks for reading, everyone.
JKH: And thank you, Lynne Marie!

Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah was released by Lerner Publishing Group/Kar-Ben Publishing September 1, 2019.

You can view the book trailer for Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah at:

You can see a book sample here:

Joni Klein-Higger is an award-winning children’s book author, songwriter and musical theater playwright. Her middle grade novel, Coby Ryan Harris is Officially Fat, won a Children’s Literary Classics Gold Award, and her picture book, Rainbow of Friendship, is the recipient of the 2015 Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award. Joni’s songs have been recorded by various artists, have been featured in motion pictures, and her children’s songs and musicals can be frequently heard ringing throughout the halls of preschools, elementary schools and middle schools across the country. Visit Joni at her website: and Facebook: Joni Klein-Higger Books

Barbara Sharf is a children’s book author and actor who loves writing fun, quirky picture books. Her love for animals frequently shines through in her work. Just ask her dog, Sophie! Originally from Philadelphia, Barbara now lives in Tampa Bay, Florida and is a member of SCBWI and WIFT. This is her debut picture book. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

THREE REASONS TO READ: Birdsong by Julie Flett

TITLE: Birdsong
PUBLISHER: Greystone Kids, 2019

JACKETFLAP: When a young girl moves to her new home far away from the sea, she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next door, who shares her love of nature and art. 

As the seasons change, can the girl navigate the failing health of her new friend?

Award-winning Cree-Metis author Julie Flett's textured images of birds, flowers, art and landscapes bring vibrancy and warmth to this powerful story, which highlights the joys of inter-generational friendship and shared passions. 


1.    It's lovely and lyrical book about a rare and beautiful friendship. 
2.    There are few books which highlight Native American characters and its nice to see that this one does. 
3.    This book is a soothing portrayal of loss and how to look at it in an honest and reverent perspective that leaves room for healing. 

BONUS TAKEAWAY: It is written in a way that really appeals to adults as well, so it is a wonderful book to be shared between adult and child. 

Buy the book here:


Thursday, October 24, 2019

THREE REASONS TO READ: All Colors by Amalia Hoffman (Board Book)

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TITLE: All Colors
PUBLISHER: Schiffer Kids, 2019

JACKETFLAP: This board book introduces children to COLORS and textures while conveying a message about friendship, tolerance and inclusion. Each page introduces a new color, creating the image of a boy. Different strokes make up each body part, and at the end the boy joins his friends, all made of different combinations, leading him to the discovery that friends come in all colors.

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1.    It's a unique portrayal of colors.
2.    It fosters creativity and inspires related activities.
3.    It inspires us to embrace differences.

See the author perform!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

CHECK OUT: My Interview in the Palm Beach Post

Check out My Latest Interview, in South Florida's Palm Beach Post!

THREE REASONS TO READ: Little Red Rhyming Hood by Sue Fliess Illustrated by Petros Bouloubasis

TITLE: Little Red Rhyming Hood
AUTHOR: Sue Fliess
ILLUSTRATOR: Petros Bouloubasis
PUBLISHER: Albert Whitman & Company, 2019


Red only speaks in rhyme. 
And now she's bullied all the time. 

Little Red's poetry skills make her a target for Big Brad Wolf -- and friendless. But one afternoon, she hears about a rhyming contest that could change everything.

Maybe I'll meet kids like me, 
who also speak in poetry!

Then Brad sneaks up and scares the rhyme right out of her and into him!

Help me! Make it go away!
I don't want to rhyme all day!

Can they learn to work together to right the rhyme?


1.    Such a clever, modern fracture of the Little Red Riding Hood tale.
2.    Such a clever twist for a bullying tale.
3.    Such a satisfying resolution.

BONUS REASON: We should always try to walk in someone else's shoes before putting them down. Also, working together is better than working against one another.