Monday, May 11, 2020

TOP TIP: Here's My Top Critique Comments of the Day! (YOURS for FREE)

CRITIQUE COMMENTS DU JOUR from THE PICTURE BOOK MECHANIC

1. If the line of text or dialogue doesn't move the story forward, replace it or delete. 
2. Don't stack prepositional phrases, usually they lengthen and weaken the sentence, and often, will be shown in the art. 
3. In general, sentences in picture books should be, on the average four - eight words to match the attention span of the 4-8 year old reader. If there are too many words, the sentence becomes cumbersome and hard for the reader to remember all the details. Write tight and bright :) 
4. Replace all weak verbs like is, are, was, were, has, have, want to, started to, began to, etc. with active verbs, instead, if at all possible. Look at it as a fun challenge. 
5. You can usually delete the word the from in front of a noun and the sentence will read better, with less weaker words. 

Hope these help. Happy Revising!

SPECIAL OFFER: If you read this post and mention CODE: FastPitch and you will get a FREE (Up to 50 - Word) Pitch Critique with your Critique or Critique Package Purchase (One Per Critique). 




Wednesday, May 6, 2020

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: When Day Is Done by Natalee Creech




When Day Is Done is a soothing bedtime book, perfect for calming down after a busy day.
When Day Is Done began with a line that just popped into my head one day when I sat down to write. The words, “We sleep when day is done” floated into my mind seemingly out of nowhere, so I decided to play with them. Over the next weeks and months, I finished the poem, smoothing out the sounds until each phrase fit the quiet mood I was aiming for. 
Looking back, the seeds of this story (and the desire to write) were probably sown in my childhood with the books my parents read to us each night before we went to bed, so it seems appropriate that my first picture book is also a bedtime book. 
Every evening either my mother or father would faithfully sit down and read whatever books we wanted to hear before tucking us in for the night. At the time we lived in a small town with a population of about 1000. A tiny library kept us well-supplied. (It’s only now that I realize how lucky we were that a community of that size had a library. We could even borrow records!) 


There were four of us children and we each wanted to hear our personal favorites, so that meant a lot of reading. I can remember times my parents drifted off mid-sentence, they were so tired. Fortunately for us, they continued to read to us long after we could read independently, because it wasn’t about the actual reading so much as it was sharing that special time together. I can picture us tucked under Dad’s arm or sprawled across the back of the couch craning to get the best view of the illustrations. There was probably a great deal of fighting and jockeying for position too, but memory is selective! Looking back, I see what a gift my parents gave me: with the stories of my childhood they sowed the seeds of a love of words and language. 


When I wrote When Day Is Done I aimed for a soothing bedtime book that would help children settle before going to sleep – a book that would remind them that all the fun things they wanted to do would still be there the next day. I pictured children snuggling up with parents to hear these words and I imagined them surrounded by love. I hope this book becomes part of a comforting bedtime routine for children. 
What I love about reading is that each time we read a book we may notice or feel something different. The meaning we take away may change because of how we ourselves have changed, because of new life experiences, or our feelings at that particular moment. When I wrote the following stanza, I was thinking about a common experience of my own family; living overseas and saying goodbye/goodnight to friends and family far away.
These days (during the coronavirus pandemic) the words take on new significance. 


Authors may have a particular message in mind when writing, but the readers always bring their own meaning to the words, and this is part of the magic!
For children, familiar words that are part of a routine can be comforting, especially in a world that is uncertain and changing. And sometimes, even in the midst of the familiar, we are surprised with something new. Aren’t stories amazing?
You can purchase a copy of When Day is Done Here.


Natalee Creech is the author of When Day Is Done (Beaming Books, 2019) and Nothing (WorthyKids, Hachette Book Group, 2019) She is equally at home in Canada, (where she grew up) in the U.S., (where she studied education) and in South Korea (where she taught for many years). Regardless of where she lives, she is probably sneaking more children's books into the house, much to the delight of her children and the dismay of her husband. Oreo, the family cat, remains indifferent.


Twitter: @nataleecreech
Facebook: nataleecreechauthor

Monday, May 4, 2020

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: A Doll for Grandma - A Story about Alzheimer's Disease by Paulette Bochnig Sharkey

The Story Behind the Story of A Doll for Grandma:
A Story about Alzheimer’s Disease
by Paulette Bochnig Sharkey
The seed for my debut picture book, A DOLL FOR GRANDMA, was planted at a
a pizza party, when a musician friend mentioned visiting his grandmother in her memory-
care home. She’d told him, “I had fried mosquitoes and a cup of hot tea for lunch.”
That would be a good line in a picture book, I thought.
I've been writing for children since the 1980s -- games and puzzles and short non-
fiction articles for magazines like Highlights, Cricket, Ladybug, and Hopscotch. But my
long-term goal was always to write a picture book, a genre I’ve loved since my daughter
was little and we read tall stacks of them every bedtime.
I'm also a pianist. After retiring from my job as a reference librarian about 15 years
ago, I started working as a volunteer pianist in assisted-living centers and memory-care
homes in my community. My volunteering led to a blog. Writing muscles limbered up,
I revisited by goal of writing a picture book. Now I had a topic: Alzheimer’s disease.
And I had that great “fried mosquitoes” line! In 2017, I joined SCBWI and signed up for
a Writer’s Digest University picture book course. I finished the class with a solid draft of
A DOLL FOR GRANDMA.
The story went through several rounds with my critique group. I revised, paid for professional critiques, revised again.
Then I queried that manuscript hard. Mostly I got no response or a form rejection. Occasionally someone labeled the story “too quiet.” (Editor Frances Gilbert says “too quiet” can sometimes be code for “I don’t like your book” but can also mean it’s a gentle story. My story is gentle. I intended it that way.) There were a few encouraging comments, too, including this one: “There is a deep sense of love that pervades these pages.”
Along with querying, I entered A DOLL FOR GRANDMA into all the writing contests I could find, including one held by Beaming Books. Although I didn’t win, editor Naomi Krueger offered to take by entry through their general acquisitions process. They soon passed. Several months later, I heard from Naomi again: There was renewed interest in my manuscript. Could she take it through acquisitions a second time? Yes, please! A month later, while I was in Alaska awaiting the birth of my first grandchild, I received an offer letter.

A DOLL FOR GRANDMA: A STORY ABOUT ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE (illustrated by Samantha Woo, Beaming Books, 2020) is about a little girl named  Kiera who is very close to her grandmother. When Grandma develops Alzheimer’s, the old ways they played together no longer work and Kiera needs to figure out new ways to connect.
She gives Grandma a doll and together Kiera and Grandma care for their “babies.

"Kiera models the best way to interact with people living with dementia: by accepting their version of reality, rather than trying to bring them back into ours
     It’s a story about kindness and empathy, about the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren, and about loving and accepting people as they are, even when they change.
     To create the character of Grandma, I drew on my experiences in memory-care homes. For example, Grandma can still sing familiar songs because musical memories are held in a part of the brain often left undamaged by Alzheimer’s disease. I’ve seen this a lot. Even people who can no longer speak can sometimes still sing when I play a song from their younger years.
     I also used experiences I had caring for my mother, who had dementia. In the hospice facility where she spent her last week, she had a lovely moment with a therapy dog. I put that into the book. And that “fried mosquitoes” line as well! 
     After writing A DOLL FOR GRANDMA, I discovered Pearl’s Memory Babies, a beautiful example of embracing the altered sense of reality that Alzheimer’s disease causes. This nonprofit organization delivers baby dolls to people living in memory-care settings. The dolls soothe and comfort the residents, give them something to care for, and help them feel needed again. Alzheimer’s disease takes away memories, but it doesn’t take away the ability to love. 
     According to the Alzheimer’s Association, someone in the U.S. develops the disease every 65 seconds. I am fortunate to be able to donate all my author proceeds from A DOLL FOR GRANDMA to support Alzheimer’s research. We must find a cure. Your purchase helps! 

GIVEAWAY: Paulette has kindly offered to give away a copy of the book! Please comment below for your chance to win:
1. 2 Extra Chances for Tweeting and tagging @Literally_Lynne @PBSharkey and @BeamingBooksMN (please share link in comment)
2. An extra chance for Sharing this Post on Facebook or other
    Social Media (please share link in the comment) 
3. An extra chance for ordering the book into your library online
    (please mention this on comments). 
4. An extra chance for gifting a copy of the book (forward receipt to LiterallyLynneMarie@gmail.com). 
5. A chance for leaving a comment! 
GOOD LUCK! A winner will be chosen on May 30, 2020. 

Author Bio: Paulette Bochnig Sharkey worked for many years as a librarian, first in
her home state of Michigan, and later in Australia, Nevada, and Wisconsin. She has
also been a proofreader, ghostwriter, developmental editor, recipe indexer, and transcriber
of children’s books from print into braille. Her writing has appeared in magazines
including Parents, Hopscotch, Highlights, and Cricket.

A DOLL FOR GRANDMA: A STORY ABOUT ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE is her first
picture book.


To order A DOLL FOR GRANDMA: paulettesharkey.com/books/
twitter: @PBSharkey

Sunday, April 5, 2020

My #COVID19 Quarantine Inspirational To Do List (Including JOURNALING, WRITING and CREATING)

I wanted to inspire others to make #COVID19 Quarantine Lists of things they will do/learn during this time. Here's mine.

DAILY: Keeping a Journal - This is a standard quick activity to stay sane. The other items on my list are to bring extra light :) 

1. Make 1000 Japanese Paper Origami cranes to fill a Jar like in REPLY 1988.
2. Begin my Korean Language Learning for my Trip
How to Say Rabbit in Korean – Word of the Day | Learn Basic Korean ...

3. Paint a Picture
Fluffy Flamingos - Burlington Paint and Sip Studio
4. Create a Cut-Paper Art Picture















5. Write that PB Bio I've been meaning to Write
Anime waifus are better then historical figures. : Animemes

6. Address my Christmas Cards Early















7. Read a Book I've Been Meaning to Read FOREVER!
The Island of Sea Women: A Novel by [See, Lisa]
8. Clean out my Closets (I WISH)
Custom Closets | Design and Install | Closet Factory
9. Start a Yoga Routine
YOGA! Gentle and Hatha Yoga Sessions - Bellaire Chamber of Commerce
10. There's that proposal I owe my publisher ---
Write - Apps on Google Play
BONUS: Play MORE Board Games
The Value of Board Games – WOW! Children's Museum
Bonus: Learn to Play Korean Baduk (Go)
Cornerstone Baduk - Home
Bonus: Grow vegetables from scraps
How to Regrow Vegetable Scraps - Simple Bites
And to add to this list once any item drops off!

Please make your own list. We can get through this.

Feel free to share in the comments. It's hard, but as Authors and Writers we must write through this. 

STAY SAFE AND BE WELL. 

WRITE THROUGH THE TOUGH STUFF.

YOU CAN DO IT! 


Friday, April 3, 2020

Zoom Picture Book Tune-up with The Picture Book Mechanic

Does Your Picture Book Manuscript Need 
Tune-Up?

Look No further!

Schedule an appointment with
The Picture Book Mechanic!

Now taking appointments for Tuesday and Thursday Zoom Picture Book Tune-ups.

Introductory Cost is only $10 for Daytime Tune-ups 
and $12 for Night-time Tune-ups.

Instructions on How to Participate

1. Friend Lynne Marie on Facebook and PM me. I will then add you to the Picture Book Mechanic - PB Tune-Ups Group. 

2. You will then search for the a post for the day/date/time you wish to sign up under. These are held most Tuesdays and Thursdays, usually at 1:30 PM EST and 7:00 PM EST. Night sessions are dependent upon a minimum of two participants. 

3. If there are not yet any sessions posted, please be patient and wait or PM me for pricing on a private session. Once the dates are posted, you will take a spot by signing up in the comments. I take up to 5/6 people in each group.  You would put #1 your name, if you are first, #2 if you are second, etc. 

4. On the date of the session, you would PM me your payment either via Paypal (Friends and Family or Paypal with Fees added) to ThePictureBookMechanic@Gmail.com or Venmo to @Lynne-Marie-1) and send your Manuscript (Please Mark 650 Words) to me at ThePictureBookMechanic@gmail.com AT LEAST 1/2 hour before the session. 

5. At least 15 minutes before the session, I will post the link to join in the appropriate chat in the Facebook Page. You will need to have downloaded Zoom beforehand. 

6. During the chat, I will pull up the manuscripts and read them, commenting on them as I go. When I am done giving my feedback, I invite the other participants to add. We usually spend about 15-20 minutes per manuscript. 

Please note I am also available to do Zoom PB Manuscript Tune-ups for Critique Groups as well. Please contact me for further information. 

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at ThePictureBookMechanic@gmail.com.

I look forward to being a part of your journey! 


Monday, March 16, 2020

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS and WANDERINGS (& More) Collected and Shared by Lynne Marie (Check Back for Updates)

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VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS and WANDERINGS
Shared by Children's Author Lynne Marie
Let Your Thoughts, Imagination and Education Run FREE!
[To Be Updated Periodically During COVID-19 Quarantine] 

Let's use this time to become better humans -- kinder, smarter, more creative and compassionate. So that when this is over we can appreciate the beauty of this world and preserve what's good and create a better one.

FREE INFORMATION BOOK FOR KIDS ON CORONA VIRUS:
[4/6] https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/

It all begins at home and with learning from history and growing with creative play and expressing ourselves with art and appreciating beauty.

ATTENTION - 

Friday April 3rd -- 
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Streams Online For FREE
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Andrew-Lloyd-Webber-Musicals-Will-Stream-Online-Free-Catch-JOSEPH-This-Friday-April-3-20200402

April 10 -- SING ALONG WITH THE HAMILTON CAST!
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Sing-Along-to-the-HAMILTON-Cast-Recording-With-Cast-Members-on-April-10-20200404

First, I offer this for all parents and kids, because we all need it:

[3/17] MONTERAY AQUARIUM - Live Jellyfish Feed
https://youtu.be/2gHKDHmgVlU

[3/17] NATIONAL AQUARIUM - Broadcasting Live
https://www.aqua.org/Experience/live


INSPIRATION TO FIND WAYS TO WORK TOGETHER:

[3/26] ROTTERDAM ORCHESTRA plays Beethoven's 9th
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eXT60rbBVk

AND NOW, FOR OUR FIELD TRIPS AND ACTITIVIES...

7 MUSEUMS THAT OFFER VIRTUAL TOURS
https://www.simplemost.com/museums-visit-online-virtual-tours/

10 FREE LEARNING WEBSITES
https://www.facebook.com/MissKindergarten/photos/a.281083878595656/2751024784934874/?type=3&theater

[3/17] 10 HISTORIC HOMES YOU CAN VIRTUALLY TOUR (Includes Buckingham Palace!)
https://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/g31677125/historic-homes-you-can-virtually-tour/

12 FAMOUS MUSEUM TOURS
https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

[3/28] 15 FREE RESOURCES TO KEEP YOUR CHILD BUSY from FORBES MAGAZINE
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristenmoon/2020/03/26/15-free-resources-to-keep-your-child-busy-while-school-is-out/

20 VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS TO TAKE WITH YOUR KIDS
https://adventuresinfamilyhood.com/20-virtual-field-trips-to-take-with-your-kids.html

30 GREAT EDUCATIONAL NETFLIX SHOWS
https://www.weareteachers.com/educational-netflix-shows/

[3/27] 50 FUN ACTIVITIES FROM GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/craft-ideas/how-to/g1389/diy-kids-activities/


[3/18] 360 DEGREE PARKS BY GOOGLE
https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/25/google-now-lets-you-explore-u-s-national-parks-via-360-degree-virtual-tours/

500 MUSEUMS FROM YOUR COUCH
https://lifehacker.com/you-can-virtually-tour-these-500-museums-and-galleries-1842343589

[3/18] 300,000 BOOKS FOR FREE - New York Public Library
https://www.timeout.com/newyork/blog/you-can-now-download-over-300-000-books-from-the-nypl-for-free-071216

[3/23] AIR FORCE MUSEUM
https://www.dayton.com/places/museum/the-air-force-museum-may-closed-but-you-can-take-virtual-tour/QBL7uZWJ4XHyXNEhT15aeI/

AN AMERICAN IN ROME: Italian Museums to Visit for Free
https://anamericaninrome.com/wp/2020/03/italy-museums-visit-for-free-online/

[4/6] ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/the-art-institute-of-chicago/fwE_H6dfZC3ZwQ

[3/21] AUDIBLE FREE BOOKS
https://www.radiotimes.com/news/radio/2020-03-20/audible-just-made-hundreds-of-titles-completely-free-to-help-during-coronavirus-crisis/

[3/22] AUTHOR VISITS - VIRTUAL STYLE from KitLit Authors!
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AmP8ql984cO9Yg8N7Nn5eiiJKpzNVcODCn-8m2v-zD4/edit

[3/18]ANIMAL LIVE STREAMS
https://www.thedailybeast.com/stay-sane-during-your-quarantine-with-these-animal-livestreams

[3/21] ARREE CHUNG'S CREATIVITY CAMP FOR KIDS
https://arree.com/camp/

[3/20] BAKING TUTORIALS FROM A LONDON BAKERY
https://secretldn.com/baking-tutorials-instagram/

[3/27] BASEBALL - MARLINS - BILLY'S ACTIVITY ZONE
https://www.mlb.com/marlins/fans/home-fun

BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON
[4/2] https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

BROADWAY PLAYS AND MUSICALS YOU CAN WATCH FROM HOME
https://www.playbill.com/article/15-broadway-plays-and-musicals-you-can-watch-on-stage-from-home

[3/24] CARLSBAD CAVERNS VIRTUAL TOUR
https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/carlsbad-caverns-new-mexico-virtual-tour

[4/2] CHALK BOARD GAMES (FUN!)
https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/137063/chalk-board-games/

[3/17] CINCINNATI ZOO DIGITAL SAFARI
https://www.citybeat.com/arts-culture/culture/blog/21122185/cincinnati-zoo-offering-digital-safaris-during-coronavirus-closure
http://cincinnatizoo.org/home-safari-resources/

[3/17] COLORING PAGES
https://everychildareader.net/cbw/coloringpages-2020/

[3/21] DAILY FITNESS PE WORKOUTS
https://www.playpennies.com/free-things-to-do/joe-wicks-is-the-nations-pe-teacher-with-free-daily-kids-workouts-on-you-tube-186068

[3/18] DANCE CLASS with DEBBIE ALLEN!
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Debbie-Allen-Will-Teach-Free-Dance-Class-Tomorrow-from-Instagram-20200317

[4/15] DISNEY PARKS VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS
https://adventuresinfamilyhood.com/virtual-visit-to-disneys-animal-kingdom-3.html

[4/4] DISNEY-INSPIRED WORK-OUT VIDEOS
https://family.disney.com/articles/disney-workouts/

[3/20] DISNEY PARKS LEARN TO DRAW with a Disney Artist
https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/03/draw-mickey-mouse-at-home-with-a-disney-parks-artist/

DRAW EVERY DAY
https://www.youtube.com/studiojjk

FARM TOURS
http://origin.americandairy.com/news-and-events/dairy-diary/virtual-farm-tours-while-your-stuck-at-home.stml

FREE AUDIO and ONLINE COURSES:
http://www.openculture.com/2020/03/use-your-time-in-isolation-to-learn-everything-youve-always-wanted-to.html

[3/27] FUN BRAIN
https://www.funbrain.com/

[3/17] GEORGIA AQUARIUM LIVE CAM
https://www.narcity.com/things-to-do/us/ga/atlanta/georgia-aquarium-has-live-cameras-that-let-you-explore-from-home

[4/13] GEORGIA AQUARIUM BELUGA WHALE CAM
https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/beluga-whale-webcam/

[4/3] GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/solomon-r-guggenheim-museum-interior-streetview/jAHfbv3JGM2KaQ

[4/5] HARING / BASQUIAT 3-D EXHIBIT
https://my.matterport.com/show/

[3/25] HISTORIC FILMS
http://historicfilms.com/

[3/25] HOGWARTS DIGITAL ESCAPE ROOM
https://nerdbot.com/2020/03/21/theres-a-hogwarts-digital-escape-room-you-can-play-to-pass-time/

[3/20] HORN BOOK Free Contest
https://www.hbook.com/

[4/14] HOW TO MAKE A FIRE SNAKE from Sugar and Baking Soda
https://food-hacks.wonderhowto.com/how-to/make-fire-snake-from-sugar-baking-soda-0164401/

[4/12] HOW TO MAKE DISNEY'S DOLE WHIP!
https://www.deseret.com/entertainment/2020/4/8/21213907/disney-frozen-dole-whip-recipe-disneyland-disney-world-closures

[3/20] JUNGLE ISLAND OFFERS FREE ONLINE LESSONS FOR CHILDREN
https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/03/20/jungle-island-offers-free-online-lessons-for-children/

[4/17] JUNGLE ISLAND'S CHATS WITH CHATFIELD
https://www.facebook.com/jungleisland/videos/1776461572495529/

[4/27] KEUKENHOF GARDENS, HOLLAND
https://www.countryliving.com/uk/travel-ideas/abroad/a27340790/visit-keukenhof-gardens-holland-full-bloom/

LUNCH DOODLES WITH MO WILLEMS!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjaYnyCJDdU&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0COkzOgMtRDqsP8j-wc4p7WBoTo5TDbgZvya5sJr6i4stizVoP7H4yw6M

MANGA VOLUMES RELEASED
http://epicstream.com/news/NobelleBorines/Coronavirus-Outbreak-Leads-to-Over-450-Manga-Volumes-Released-Online-for-Free

METROPOLITAN OPERA: Nightly Livestream
https://operawire.com/metropolitan-opera-to-offer-up-nightly-met-opera-streams/

[3/20] GARDEN TOURS (Monet's and More!)
https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/gardening/g31746949/gardens-you-can-virtually-tour/

[4/14] MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Free Online Art Classes
https://robbreport.com/shelter/art-collectibles/moma-free-online-classes-coursera-2912967/

[3/18] NASA MEDIA LIBRARY
https://www.diyphotography.net/nasa-makes-entire-media-library-publicly-accessible-copyright-free/

NATIONAL MUSEUM'S Virtual Field Trips
https://www.nationalww2museum.org/virtual-field-trips

NATIONAL PARK TOURS: Take for FREE!
https://totallythebomb.com/heres-33-national-park-tours-you-can-take-virtually-from-the-comfort-of-your-home

-or- Another Link
[3/17] NATIONAL PARKS FROM YOUR COUCH
https://crafty.diply.com/121060/you-can-virtually-tour-a-whole-bunch-of-national-parks-from-your

[3/26] NATIONAL THEATRE -- Free Plays Every Thursday!
https://www.timeout.com/london/news/the-national-theatre-is-going-to-stream-a-free-play-every-thursday-night-032620

[3/27] NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MUSEUM
https://www.womenshistory.org/womens-history/online-exhibits

NON-SCREEN ACTIVITIES TO DO AT HOME
https://www.facebook.com/PlatoElementaryDPS/photos/a.242071002619081/1429688023857367/?type=3&theater

[4/13] The NORTHERN LIGHTS LIVESTREAM
https://explore.org/livecams/aurora-borealis-northern-lights/northern-lights-cam
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/live-stream-northern-lights-tonight-181600934.html

NY TIMES DAILY WRITING PROMPTS
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/15/learning/students-can-respond-to-daily-writing-prompts-inspired-by-the-new-york-times-at-home-for-free.html

[3/24] OPERA WIRE STREAMING
https://operawire.com/a-comprehensive-list-of-all-opera-companies-offering-free-streaming-services-right-now/

PARIS MUSEUM IMAGES
https://kottke.org/20/01/paris-museums-put-100000-images-online-for-unrestricted-public-use

[3/28] PETRA, JORDAN - Virtual Tour
https://secretldn.com/explore-petra-jordan-google-street-view/

[3/21] PHILADELPHIA ZOO
https://patch.com/pennsylvania/roxborough/philly-zoo-launches-live-streaming-series

[4/4] RIJKSMUSEUM / NETHERLANDS
https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/rijksmuseum/iwH5aYGoPwSf7g

[4/2] ROCKETTES DANCE CLASS
https://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/the-rockettes-will-launch-a-weekly-dance-class-_90851.html

SCHOLASTIC'S Free Online Courses for Kids
https://www.foxcarolina.com/general/scholastic-is-offering-free-online-courses-so-your-kids-can/article_0f5c0892-c871-57d2-8056-a0872fb4224f.html

SCIENCE WEBSITES FOR KIDS from AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology

[3/21] SHAKESPEARE AT THE GLOBE ONLINE
https://londonist.com/london/theatre-and-arts/globe-theatre-streaming-plays-online

[3/21] SPANISH STORIES FOR CHILDREN
https://www.thespanishexperiment.com/stories

STORY TIME FROM SPACE
https://www.scarymommy.com/astronauts-story-time-in-space-kids-books/

[4/13] THE VATICAN
http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en.html

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku_w/preview?

[3/22] WALT DISNEY WORLD VIRTUAL RIDES
https://www.wfla.com/community/health/coronavirus/kids-stuck-at-home-should-go-on-these-virtual-disney-world-rides/

WRITER'S COURSES FOR KIDS from my FABULOUS BOSSES at CHILDREN'S BOOK INSIDER
https://writingblueprints.com/p/writing-course-ages-6-10

[4/6] VAN GOGH MUSEUM, Amsterdam / Netherlands
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/van-gogh-museum?hl=en



BONUSES:

25 Things Teenagers Can Do in Isolation
https://www.facebook.com/hilaryrhodesdesign/photos/a.927697884030441/2008115049322047/?type=3&theater

77 Stem Activities for Families
https://www.facebook.com/dailystem/photos/a.2553147348098910/2872974919449483/?type=3&theater

150 Educational Shows to Stream on Netflix
https://homeschoolhideout.com/educational-shows-on-netflix/?fbclid=IwAR2DR2PEuWiehRfXTCkJDCHZ_IkCCy5HlHB2aUnKh6CQ-pOSMwo6eVbcLBM

[3/17] CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS WITH RECIPES TO MAKE TOGETHER:
http://www.seattleschild.com/Kids-picture-books-with-recipes-you-can-make-together/

BOOK READINGS:

AUTHORS

JUST SO WILLOW with Sara Shachter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJtf0kJibg0&feature=youtu.be

CELEBRITIES

[3/18] CHRIS PINE reads CLARK THE SHARK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgZRMptA0Lk

[4/13] CHRISTOPHER WALKEN reads WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
http://forreadingaddicts.co.uk/childrens-literature/christopher-walken-reads-where-the-wild-things-are/43209

[3/17] JOSH GAD (Frozen's Olaf & More) IS READING BOOKS!
https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1OdKrqwYAgyxX

[3/26] JULIE ANDREWS READS
https://www.julieslibraryshow.org/

[3/22] KEVIN HENKES reads OWEN
https://londonist.com/london/theatre-and-arts/globe-theatre-streaming-plays-online

[3/24] WANDA SYKES reads THE CASE OF THE MISSING CARROT CAKE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UO-fLPG1kg&feature=youtu.be

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COOKING

[4/16] DISNEY DINING: Disneyland's Blue Bayou's Monte Cristo Sandwich
https://d23.com/blue-bayou-monte-cristo-sandwich/

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