Coloring Page and Hidden Picture Puzzle for Easter


A special treat! A hidden picture puzzle and coloring page for Easter by Liz Ball. To order books with her hidden picture puzzles or other books (like Topsy Turvy Land written by Mama Donna) from Hidden Pictures Publishing, click HERE. Enjoy!

*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.

Ava and the Easter Bunny

Did you know the Easter Bunny is one of the characters in Ava's Secret Tea Party? The book would make a perfect addition to any child's Easter basket - or a cherished gift any time!
Did you know Easter Bunny is in Ava's Secret Tea Party? The book would make a perfect addition to a child's Easter basket - or a cherished gift any time! 


Easter Coloring Page - Easter Bunny and Ava


*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.

Hidden Picture Puzzle for St. Patrick's Day


A special treat! A hidden picture puzzle for St. Patrick's Day by Liz Ball. To order books with her hidden picture puzzles or other books (like Topsy Turvy Land!) from Hidden Pictures Publishing, click HERE. Enjoy!

*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.

Would you like to know more about St. Patrick? Click HERE to visit History.com to read all about him.

PiBoIdMo and Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland

For the past three years, I've participated in PiBoIdMo or Picture Book Idea Month, the creation of Tara Lazar on her excellent blog, Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).


The challenge for participants is to create thirty picture book concepts in thirty days. Writers who register and complete the challenge are eligible for prizes. This year, I received a wonderful prize - a signed hardcover copy of "Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook" written AND illustrated by Michael Garland.


What a fun book! It tells the tale of a teacher with a magical storybook where the characters leap from the pages into the classroom. The word 'incredible' is used in the title to describe the storybook, but what's really incredible is the artwork. If you look closely, you see many, many favorite characters from your childhood fairy tales. I'm sure this book will inspire many children to develop a love for books and discover that reading is not just a chore or an assignment, but one of the most fun things you can do!

Valentine's Day Hidden Picture Puzzle

A special treat! A hidden picture puzzle for Valentine's Day by Liz Ball. To order books with her hidden picture puzzles or other books (like Topsy Turvy Land!) from Hidden Pictures Publishing, click HERE. Enjoy!

*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.

One Writer's Journey: Donna J. Shepherd, Ava's Secret Tea Party, plus #giveaway

Would you like to win a copy of "Ava's Secret Tea Party"? Click the link below! 

One Writer's Journey: Donna J. Shepherd, Ava's Secret Tea Party, plus #g...:

AUTHOR: Donna J. Shepherd BOOK TITLE: Ava’s Secret Tea Party PUBLISHER: Guardian Angel Publishing

Coloring Page - Santa and Ava

*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.

Christmas Coloring Page - Sully from Sully's Topsy Tale


Illustrator of Topsy Turvy Land (Hidden Pictures Publishing), Kevin Scott Collier, sent this delightful coloring page of Sully, the Singing Snake who is the star of Sully's Topsy Tale. 

*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.
 

A Coloring Page for Christmas Featuring Poodle and Doodle


Isn't that just like the Doodle? Always getting into something!

To see more fun illustrations, visit Jacktoons.
Visit Oodles of Fun for more funny pics and coloring pages.

Connie Wilson, Author, Visits Topsy Turvy Land

It's December and the start of the December showcase at the National Writing for Children Center. Today my guest is Connie Wilson. Day 2 of Connie's virtual book tour sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center. 



The Writer's Life with Children's Author Constance (Corcoran) Wilson
I am a "streak" writer, and proud of it. It was music to my ears to learn at ITW (International Thriller Writers) conference last July in New York City that Anne Rice (Interview with a Vampire) is a streak writer, as well.

I do like to focus when I'm "in the zone". I cannot have distractions, or I procrastinate. My best (and longest) streak on one of my 4 novels (the first was a science fiction novel from Lachesis) took place when I couldn't leave the condo because of a blizzard---if that tells you anything.

After retirement, I purchased a 2-bedroom, 2 bathroom "Writer's Lair" in Chicago, where I  hole up to write when I really need to meet a deadline. Since 2003, I have written 15 books  and contributed to a couple of anthologies, as well as continuing to "write short."

That means that I still do such fun things for online blogs as cover the 2008 DNC and RNC and the Chicago Film Festivals, for Yahoo and other online clients. (I was named Content Producer of the Year for Yahoo in 2009 and just yesterday I went out to photograph a tugboat that is sinking in the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa, and spilling fuel oil into the water.) Google Connie Wilson and sign up to follow my articles on Yahoo or on my own blog, www.WeeklyWilson.com, where I review film and books and write about interesting things.

It is true to say that I also bought the Chicago condominium because my son and his wife and granddaughters live in Chicago, and I thought my daughter was going to attend college at DePaul (she ended up in Nashville, TN!), but I do force myself to go to Chicago and isolate myself to finish projects that are "on deadline." Otherwise, I live on the border with Iowa in the Illinois Quad Cities (350,000 people).

I have 3 ongoing series (plus some random titles). The Christmas Cats books (www.TheXmasCats.com) are for my granddaughters and the girls are integral to helping me plot new books. They can't write yet at only 4, but, this way, I know that they will learn how to write well, by assisting me.

Another series I write is a novel series for adults and YA readers entitled The Color of Evil, with the second book (Red Is for Rage) named a Pinnacle Thriller winner in spring, 2013 by NABE (National Association of Book Entrepreneurs) and soon to be featured (December, 2013) on Shelf Unbound online magazine as a Page-turner Winner. Khaki = Killer will be out in February.

I was named  Midwest Writing Center Writer of the Year (March 20, 2010) and Illinois Women's Press Association Silver Feather Winner (June 6, 2012) by the Chicago chapter. I've written for 5 newspapers and 11 blogs.

Since 2003, I have averaged 4 books a year. I have an agent, and I've had 6 small publishers, but, with the advent of POD printing and self-publishing, I'm enjoying publishing my own works as Quad Cities' Learning, Inc.,  doing business as Quad Cities' Press (www.quadcitieslearning.com).

You can read more about my adult works at www.ConnieCWilson.com. 


Be sure to learn how to follow the rest of this tour by going to www.writingforchildrencenter.com

Topsy Turvy Land