An author in the Spotlight

Tomorrow, I’m honored to be featured in the Children’s Books Spotlight Series which shares stories of authors and illustrators. You probably enjoyed the Last full moon of the decade and I’ve shared many other moon photos in my blog over the years. I’ve learned through many readers how strong an impact the moon has onContinue reading “An author in the Spotlight”

Making Hanukkah Memories

This post is my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Holiday contest. The rules can be found here: Details and fine print Making Hanukkah Memories (225 words) Shaina knew the Hanukkah story … the miracle of one night’s oil lasting for eight … how this connected her with Jews around the world and throughout history.  She couldContinue reading “Making Hanukkah Memories”

Cooking Up Halloween Decorations

I am pleased to share my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill’s 9th annual writing contest. The full details and rules can be found here: Halloweensie Contest – the fine print This is a wonderful way to connect with other picture book writers and there are some amazing prizes, too. The basic rules are that the storyContinue reading “Cooking Up Halloween Decorations”

Reflections on a School Visit

I’ve been meaning to share this for a week but I’ve been under the weather and had a few deadlines. I love visiting schools to share ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON with children. It’s fun to watch them respond to the story and then talk about it afterwards. I also share a slide show withContinue reading “Reflections on a School Visit”

Bookstore Magic

The picture book community is full of supportive people who help each other in a variety of ways. We are an interconnected web of authors and illustrators who may have never met in person, but truly are friends. The photo above, taken last Friday, has two of the most supportive members of this community. JulieContinue reading “Bookstore Magic”

Q & A with author Laura Roettiger plus GIVEAWAY!!

Q & A with author Laura Roettiger plus GIVEAWAY!! https://lydialukidis.wordpress.com/2019/05/28/q-a-with-author-laura-roettiger-plus-giveaway/ — Read on lydialukidis.wordpress.com/2019/05/28/q-a-with-author-laura-roettiger-plus-giveaway/ An interview and an opportunity to win a signed copy of ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON 💜🌙📚

Author-of-the-Month (follow up to Shop Local)

I truly enjoyed the month of April as Author-of-the-Month at all four Timbuk Toys stores in Denver. It was lovely meeting people and sharing Aliana Reaches for the Moon. Toy stores are such a happy place. I received a warm welcome each time I visited a store from both the employees and shoppers. I enjoyedContinue reading “Author-of-the-Month (follow up to Shop Local)”

The Promise of Spring

Spring photo Spring in 150 words or less? A contest? Sure, I’ll give it a whirl! The Promise of Spring The first warm day brings the promise of hope. Bulbs planted months ago poke through the ground. Colors appear. We bend to admire them, catching the scent of hyacinth. Deep breath, eyes closed. Senses awakened.Continue reading “The Promise of Spring”

Shop Local

There are so many ways and reasons why it’s important to support local businesses. Independent book stores are my favorite places to visit no matter where I travel. It’s been a while since I shopped for toys, but for the month of April I’ll be spending a lot of time at a Denver toy store,Continue reading “Shop Local”

Why I love Social Media

More from my visit to Chicago I was a teacher and reading specialist in Chicago for ten years. My final year was full of wonderful memories of children I will never forget. I had the good fortune to work with two first graders that made every day rewarding. They were both the little sisters ofContinue reading “Why I love Social Media”