Happy Birthday, Bear and Rabbit! Plus, GIVEAWAY!

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Happy birthday, Dear Bear,

Happy birthday, Dear Rabbit,

Happy birthday, Happy birthday.

Happy 1st book birthday to you!








YAHOO! My book, No Bears Allowed, illustrated by Tara J. Hannon and published by Blue Whale Press (Clear Fork) is one year old today! It’s hard to believe a full year has gone by, and yet it took many years for this book to come to life and be published. The journey has taught me many valuable lessons, like learning how to trust my words and leave space for the illustrator, and also, how to create character driven stories.


















Each book is wonderful step on this journey, and now it’s time to celebrate!







In honor of this book birthday, I’m giving away a FREE signed copy of No Bears Allowed along with some bookmarks. How can you enter this giveaway contest, you may ask? Easy- leave a comment on this blog and name your favorite character driven picture book of all time. The lucky winner will be picked on July 10, 2020. Good luck to all!

12 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Bear and Rabbit! Plus, GIVEAWAY!

    Judy Shemtob said:
    July 11, 2020 at 7:52 am

    Love Chrysanthemum from Kevin Henkes’ CHRYSANTHEMUM! Congratulations on your book birthday for NO BEARS ALLOWED! May you have many more wonderful books out in the world.

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    Judy Shemtob said:
    July 11, 2020 at 7:48 am

    I just saw this. Wish I could still be in the Giveaway. Sigh! Congratulations on your anniversary! My favorite characters are Chrysanthemum in Kevin Henkes book Chrysanthemum.

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    Shannon Chadwick said:
    July 2, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    Congratulations on your book! My favorite character driven PB would have to be David from No, David! By David Shannon.

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    Aileen Stewart said:
    July 2, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Congratulations. Here’s to many more book birthdays! No Frogs in School is a goody.

    Liked by 1 person

    Sarah Meade said:
    July 2, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Congratulations on your book birthday! One of my favorites is Little Blue Truck.

    Liked by 1 person

    Shaunda K Wenger said:
    July 1, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Congratulations, Lydia! A character I’ll offer up is Bruce in Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

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    Judy Sobanski said:
    July 1, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Congratulations Lydia! So many wonderful character driven PB’s but…I think I would choose Katelyn Aronson’s new book PIGLETTE.

    Liked by 1 person

    marsue77 said:
    July 1, 2020 at 10:44 am

    I love so many. But one that stands out to me is Red Crayon.

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    Angie said:
    July 1, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Yay! Congratulations! Great news! Hmmm, I have so many favorites…But from yesterday, I love Dot from Wolfie the Bunny. Best wishes with your new book! I look forward to reading it very soon!

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    Jeannette said:
    July 1, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Mary had a little lab

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    Kari Gonzalez said:
    July 1, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Eeek just one? I have to go with Olivia from the Olivia series. The illustrations are perfectly paired to her larger than life personality. Thanks for the great post, Lydia!

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      July 1, 2020 at 9:23 am

      Wow, I didn’t know that series!! I”ll be taking notes here, because I love character driven books.


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