Monday, 2 April 2012

Earth Day

We're delighted to welcome award winning children's writer Kathy Stemke today as she starts the second week of her book tour showcasing her lovely picture book, Trouble on Earth.
Join Kathy on her VBT and, if it's not there already,why not put Earth Day--April 22--in your calendar as a possible  idea for a linking blog post?

And whether you are a keen photographer or just a happy snapper, try sending your best Earth Day photo to dancekam1 AT yahoo DOT com (no spaces) to be displayed on the last day of the tour. A winner will be selected and awarded a $10 gift card.

Welcome Kathy. Please tell us some more about Shelby and the part she plays in your new book.


With Earth Day approaching on April 22nd it's time to focus on educating our children about conservation. Trouble on Earth Day would be a great resource for this purpose and a super addition to any school or home library.


Shelby the squirrel shares what she learned in school about conservation with her parents. Together they discover many things around their house that can be recycled.

Book illustration by Kurt Wilken

When Shelby follows the cries of an animal in the woods she finds and befriends a homeless bluebird. This unlikely pair of friends unites to solve the bluebird’s “Trouble” and bring singing back to the forest.

Unlikely Friends 

Let’s take a look at some more unusual alliances. Which one do you like best?

1    All photographs removed owing to the difficulty of establishing ownership and copyright.

Sorry--they were cute....





 Let me know your favorite by commenting below.

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Award winning author, Kathy Stemke’s first children’s picture book,Moving Through All Seven Days, was published on Lulu. 
Her next two picture books, Sh, Sh, Sh Let the Baby Sleep,  
and Trouble on Earth Day were released in 2011.
Both these books have been awarded
the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 

 A teacher for 37 years, Kathy understands and loves children. It’s her desire to give parents and teachers exciting books and resources to help them teach their children all the things they need to have a successful life. She offers great teaching tips and children’s book reviews as well as a monthly newsletter titled, Movement And Rhythm, on her blog.
Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep is available through the publisher,
Trouble on Earth Day is available at a discounted price on Kathy's blog:
Both are also available through Amazon, B & N, and other online stores.
 For more information on Kathy and her books visit the first day of her blog tour hosted by Susanne Drazic.


  1. Thanks Anne. The post looks Good. In the first paragraph-you left out the word DAY.

    For me, It's a toss up between #3 Love the monkey's expression! and #5- love the "who cares" attitude of the dirty boy and dirty dog!

    1. Sorted Kathy. Earth Day photo it is.
      I have to choose 1 as a horse lover but like you, I find 5 very appealing.

  2. Gosh, I can't decide between Nos. 2,4 and 5.
    I know the book is great; I've seen the enthusiasm at school and library readings given by Kathy.
    Check the book out, it's a valuable tool.

    1. Difficult to choose isn't it?
      And the book has been attracting rave reviews from readers and reviewers. Wonderful news.

  3. Kathy, I'm so glad you are celebrating earthday as part of your book promotion. It's amazing how many authors don't utilize this kind of opportunity for their books. Contact me to see if we can work something out for my blog that day.

    Carolyn Howard-Johnson
    Excited about the new edition (expanded! updated! even more helpful for writers!) of The Frugal Book Promoter, now a USA Book News award-winner in its own right (

    1. Hi Carolyn

      Thanks for dropping yet another snippet of advice about using calendar events to help with promotions.

      Chase's calendar at

      is an excellent way of finding events for every day of the year and a good way of finding new ideas for blog posts lol

  4. Kathy, love your photos, but I have to say...being a cat lover, I have to choose #2 thought it's a hard decision!

    1. I expected the cat to get more votes too.
      Looks like you're in the discerning minority this time Nancy lol

  5. Gorgeous pics!I also like #3. It's too cute.

    1. Agreed Shirl. The more I see it, the more I see in it.

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  7. So far we have.....
    #1 1 vote
    #2 2 votes
    #3 3 votes
    #4 1 vote
    #5 3 votes

    Which photo will win??

  8. I have to go for the monkey (#3) - that soft hand and delicate care in such an unlikely combo is pretty moving. Great promo idea too Kathy.

  9. I like the boy and the dog. They both ave the same hair and the same expression!! Real pals!!

    BOOKS for Kids - Manuscript Critiques

  10. Hi Maggie and Margot.

    you're keeping the tie between number 3 and number 5 lol

  11. I noticed an immediate smile pull at my face and a little lurch in the stomach when I saw #5 The scruffy boy and his dog, even though the others are beautiful too.

  12. I vote for #3! The monkey's expression is so precious!


  13. I love the monkey and horse equally. Very effective tour strategy!

    Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing

  14. Okay, if I have to choose one it's #3.

  15. one more small boy and two monkeys. so number 3 in the lead...just.
    Thanks Karen, Kathleen and Wendy :-)

  16. I love them all, but #5 takes my heart.

    1. Me too Susan but looks like we may be outvoted here...

  17. Thanks Mary Jo. You're tipping the scales.

  18. Looks like #3, the monkey and bird win the vote!! Thanks for participating everyone. It was fun!


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