Seven Days Until Book Release: The Lullaby Monsters

Hi Guys! I’m happy you’re here and I’m so excited that there’s only 7 more days until my picture book/early chapter book release THE LULLABY MONSTERS! This is a longer than usual picture book divided into chapters for added suspense. It is a big like FROG AND TOAD. At the same time, there are plenty of illustrations for little ones to enjoy and in its larger format, it will work well for group story times in classrooms and libraries.

Meet Trixie! Fun facts about Trixie the monster…

  • Name: Trixie (she who brings happiness)
  • Age: 3 years
  • Birthplace: Cavern City
  • Hobby: Tricycle Racing
  • Greatest Fear: Thunderstorms
  • Favorite Foods: Peas and Broccoli
  • Favorite Lullaby: Monster-town Ride

Meet each character as we do a countdown to the book release! Sign up for my newsletter to find out how to get book marks, book plates and stickers while supplies last.

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In this night time adventure, Kelsey is always her brother’s hero. She bravely helps with lost teddy bears, scraped knees, and favourite picnic foods. But when Thomas can’t sleep because of the lullaby monsters, Kelsey isn’t sure she can help.  Then Thomas’ precious lullaby box is stolen and Kelsey must face her monstrous fear. In doing so, she discovers that the lullaby monsters are a lot like Thomas.

This book a hybrid between an early chapter book and a picture book and will appeal to those who love Frog and Toad, Charlie and Mouse, or Jack and Annie (Magic Treehouse). Divided into 6 short chapters, it is ideal for children aged 5-8 years who want a slightly longer read-aloud story or are beginning to read for themselves. If your child enjoys ghost stories with a dash of suspense, this will be for them.

Release date: June 2020

Thank you so much for stopping by! On June 30th, the book birthday, we’ll celebrate here with a giveaway. There will be a chance to win a copy of the book and some awesome book swag! PLUS there will be two more new release picture books in the prize package for your summer reading.

Feel free to leave a comment. You are welcome back any time!

Wednesday Writing Update

Hello Friends in the Blogosphere!

Here’s my weekly writing update; keeping myself honest about the progress I’m making with writing for children.IMG_2680

This week I watched a free webinar by children’s book author, Arree Chung.  It was so good in that he reminded me that the only way to become a published author is to do the work.  So I got down to work.  I revised a couple of manuscripts and for the first time ever, I requested a critique in the facebook group Kidlit 411, Manuscript Swap.  Wow! what a community!  I couldn’t believe the quick response I got from people willing to read and give feedback.  It is amazing.  And with that feedback, I can learn and grow as a writer. If you are a children’s writer and you’re on facebook,  I highly recommend joining the groups Kid Lit 411 and Kid Lit 411 Manuscript Swap!  They are super helpful in developing your craft.

Visit me on my Facebook Page; likes are always appreciated.  Plus I’m doing a giveaway you might be interested in 😉 Have a wonderful week!

Back to School Blog Giveaway! Coming Soon!

Greetings and welcome to my blog!  I wanted to let you all know I’m in the planning stages for my next blog/facebook giveaway.  It has been too long since the last one 🙂

I’m working on the prizes right now and what they ought to be.  You can expect a picture book or two in the package, that’s for sure.  But what else?  Hmm… an Amazon gift card might be a pretty good prize.

Do you have ideas for prizes? Ha! Silly question.  I’m sorry, I am unable to give you a trip for two to Paris.  C’est impossible!  I’ll think on it some more…

Hey, here’s a thought…any teachers of preschool/kindergarten looking for some amazing activity ideas based on some amazing picture books? How about a set of story stretchers to go with my amazing picture book giveaways.  Now that would be awesome for back to school!

Books by Cynthia


Summer Reading Challenge: Week 1

Welcome to a new weekly feature here on my author blog!  I’m participating in Rena Traxel’s summer reading challenge and having a ton of fun while reading and discovering new and different picture books.  Here are some photos from this week. Rena has challenged us to find new a different places to read with a different book each day.  By the end of the summer, I will have read 62 picture books!  Yay!  This is the perfect challenge to encourage me to research in becoming a skilled picture book writer.

July 1st:  I began with a bright red strawberry lemonade and enjoyed reading The Moccasin Goalie by William Roy Brownidge in celebration of Canada Day. After all what could be more Canadian than a story about a child who plays hockey on an outdoor ice rink while wearing moccasins? Read someplace in celebration.

July 2nd: Still celebrating from Canada Day, I moved my chair into a new spot and chose another Canadian picture book, When We Go Camping by Margriet Ruurs and Andrew Kiss.  This book tells the story of the camping experience while at the same time serves as a search and find book with opportunities to look for animals camouflaged in their natural habitat.  It has a very Canadian feeling. Read someplace new.

July 3rd: I found a swing! The Best Places to Read by Debbie Bertram, seemed a perfect choice for this reading spot.  Though I’m not sure a swing like this one is best for reading as it makes holding on and swinging a little tricky.  Still fun!  Read on a swing.

July 4th: This was a week of hiking for me so I decided to take books along to some of my hiking spots.  The first book was Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik which I took along to the Kinsol Trestle Bridge (built in 1920) where we hiked for the morning…14.8 km in my new hiking boots. No bears in sight on this hike. Whew! Read someplace old.

July 5th: We found a magical spot in East Sooke Park and my friend, Sara, asked me to read to her so I did: Spotted Owlets by Victoria Miles and Elizabeth Gatt was my book of choice.  Read someplace magical.

July 6th: We found the perfect log while hiking in the Mystic Beach area and stopped to read The Owl and the Pussycat with illustrations by Stefanie Jorisch.  This was just the right seaside location as the book begins “The owl and the pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat”; I can picture them out for a ride… Read on a log.IMG_4873

July 7th: I sat on a park bench near my home to read this picture book about a very difficult topic: living in a residential school.  Though this is not a part of our history to be proud of, we certainly do not want to ignore the injustices done to children in these British Columbia schools.  Bravo for dealing with a difficult topic and making it appropriate for children.  The book is titled Shin-chi’s Canoe is by Nicola I. Campbell.  Read on a bench.IMG_4903
What will I be reading next week? Check back and find out!  And though it is too late to join Rena’s challenge, you can still read along with me all summer!  It’s easy, just pick a new book each day and try reading someplace new each day OR follow along with locations from Rena’s blog.


Blog Giveaway This Week!  You can win a free picture book, my own, Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker.  Giveaway closes midnight tonight, Pacific time.  Visit my blog at to enter.