I’m excited to announce that my latest picture book, What am I? Fruits has won 1st place for the food-related category in The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards run by Story Monsters. The awards recognize and honor “books that are original, innovative and creative in both content and design” that are geared toward children. For a complete list of winners, follow this link: https://www.storymonsters.com/book-briefs/2019-purple-dragonfly-book-award-winners
In the United States, June is designated as National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, which promotes healthy eating and tasty fresh and local foods. Fruits and vegetables are celebrated for their nutrition (bell peppers have more vitamin C than oranges), types and varieties (there are about 7,500 apple varieties worldwide), and cooking versatility.
Why don’t you participate this month by trying a new vegetable or fruit, growing some veggies in your home garden, or visiting a local farm market (they should be getting locally-grown produce soon). Here’s a handy link from the USDA to help you find a farm market in your area via ZIP code: https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets
What a fun way for preschoolers and early graders to learn about the fruits they eat while picking up some additional language skills. Drawn upon these three dozen tinted pages are colorfully drawn fruits with their names boldly printed. Accompanying these fruity depictions on the facing pages are rhyming riddles asking the reader to guess what the fruit is. The speckled banana is claimed to be shaped like a smile that is bright yellow, and in rhythmic verse, the reader is told to remove its peel for a soft, tropical meal. Let the child guess what fruit resembles a blue colored marble, or which plant has red watery flesh, and grows on a long, green vine. Think of the citrus, so orange bright and a lover of daylight. Children will have fun mimicking the melodious words while dreaming of the colorful fruits, while their imaginative tongues sample the fruits’ delightful textures and flavors. As an educational tool, this little book provides a colorful introduction to the foods we eat, along with a nourishing supply of imaginative language.
Only three more days until What am I? Fruits is released! Many fun fruit riddles await, including cherries, blueberries, oranges, pineapples, and much more. Order your hardcover or paperback copy today or share this post with a friend who might be interested.