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.

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New Releases Coming Up on Kid Lit Love!

Hello and Happy Monday! I am thrilled to have some fabulous picture books and author/illustrator features coming up on Kid Lit Love!

Look for BENJAMIN’S BLUE FEET and author/illustrator Sue Macartney featured on June 15th!
HOUND WON’T GO by Lisa Rogers and Meg Ishihara date TBA
Look for THE LULLABY MONSTERS with a feature on illustrator, Paula Nasmith coming up June 29th!
Look for RESCUING MRS. BIRDLEY and a feature with illustrator, Emma Reynolds coming up July 5th!
And look for SOAKED! with a feature on author/illustrator Abi Cushman is coming on July 19th!

Here’s a List of Past Kid Lit Loves features and interviews in case you missed them!

Summer Reading Challenge Week 4

Still going with the Summer Reading Challenge!   Week four already!

The top of my list this week has to be Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld!  Book #22 Have you read this one?  If not, go to a library and find it… as soon as you can.  I’m sure the little ones in your life will love this book and it is so easy to read over and over again.


And I found a playful place to read…our backyard playhouse!


Look by  Jeff Mack was a new discovery for me.  Book #23 What a challenge to write an entire picture book using only two words!  And yet the words and pictures work together to tell the story so very well.  Easy reading for the adult but lots to talk about in the images. IMG_5107

The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena is really wonderful.  Book #24 A lovely story about grandparent and grandchild with realistic questions from the main character.  IMG_5070

Ellie by Mike Wu from Disney’s Pixar was a pleasure to read.  Book #25 This was Mike’s first picture book.  A great story about how a little elephant with a paintbrush saves a zoo from closing.


The Tree House That Jack Built  by Verburg and Teague features a book within a book. Book #26 This tree house is truly a magical place and reminded me of my wish for a treehouse in childhood.  We never quite had success building one but there was no lack of trying.  This book I chose to read someplace big in my oversized chair.  Honestly, this chair can fit two people (okay, slender people but still).


A Hungry Lion and a Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Ruth Cummins was book #27. Even though I’m not having fires these days, I sat by my fireplace (someplace warm).   And what a great book to introduce children to a word like dwindling.


And Oops! I almost forgot Bee by Britta Teckentrup Book #28.  This one is a peek through book with absolutely gorgeous illustrations.  To really see everything in the images, you need to take a little extra time to take it all in. A book that appreciates bees is valuable and so I purchased this one for my collection!

Join me next week and discover more new picture books as I continue the challenge.  I hope these posts are giving you some new picture books to look for at your library or in the book store.  If you’re enjoying this series, you can show your appreciation by liking my Facebook page. Or follow me on twitter

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Summer Reading Challenge: Week 2

This week I discovered more great picture books as I continued my summer reading challenge with librarian, Rena Traxel.  Here they are:

  1. Black Cat, White Cat by Silvia Borando Read someplace airy.
  2. My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits Picture by Gabi Swiatkowska Read someplace fluffy.
  3. Edmond And The Moonlit Party by Marc Boutavant Read someplace green.
  4. Mixed Me! by Taye Diggs Read dramatically.
  5. Willow’s Whispers by Lana Button Read someplace cozy.
  6. Lulu’s Party by Kit Chase Read lying down.
  7. Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker by Cynthia Mackey Read somewhere breakfast-y.

Aside from my own book, (which I felt compelled to include while reading in a breakfast-y location and savoring golden brown pancakes) each one of these picture books is brand new to me so I felt happy to discover them.  My personal favourite of the bunch is Willow’s Whispers written by Lana Button, an early childhood educator.  The book features a child who cannot bring herself to use a voice above a whisper.  Her shyness gets in the way and it causes her some problems too.  Finally in the end, her big voice just wiggles it’s way out!

I was a bit disappointed with Black Cat, White Cat by Silvia Borando and yet, the simple illustrations were rather cute.  Maybe you will like it more than I did.

You can still join in the summer reading challenge with me! Just read one picture book each day and catch up by reading two a day for some days.  That’s still do-able.  If you have children in your life, they will be happy to spend the time with you 🙂

Have a great day!