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The 7 Days of HoliYAY: DAY 1

Welcome to Day 1 of The 7 Days of HoliYAY! #KidLitHoliYAY

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Today on the blog, I'm featuring the book LET'S DANCE by Valerie Bolling, illustrated by Maine Diaz.

It's a wonderful picture book that features different countries and various types of dance:

Spain: Flamenco

India: Kathak

Ireland: Irish Stepdancing

China: Chinese long-sleeve dance

West Africa: Kuku Dance

Break Dancing

Country Western: Line dancing

Cuba: Cha Cha



A few things I love about this book:

-It's inclusive of all cultures and types of dance.

-It's got short text, which keeps kids engaged.

-The text rhymes, which teaches word families.

-The illustrations are adorable!

-It has back matter explaining each of the featured dances.

Who would be a great recipient for this book?

Children aged 3-7

Just for fun, here's a picture of me when I was a young dancer!

Ideas for sharing this book:

-If you're a teacher, you could read this to your students to introduce different cultures & ways of expressing yourself.

-If you're a P.E. teacher, you could read this book during a dance unit.

-If you're a parent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent, you could read this to little ones right before nap time/bed time and get those wiggles out.

-If you're celebrating Christmas or any of the upcoming holidays, you could wrap this book up and give it as a gift.

-There are lots of possibilities on how to share this book!

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If you're interested in winning this book for FREE, then follow the directions below:

  1. Subscribe to my blog (enter your name and email below where it says "Subscribe")

  2. Retweet my pinned tweet (If you don't have Twitter, then tag a friend on my Instagram post)

If you win, I will buy this book from Amazon and have it shipped to your address. OR if you prefer to have me buy the book from an Indie bookstore where you can pick it up, I can do that!

This giveaway will end on Sunday, December 6th at 5 P.M. Pacific Time (8 P.M. Eastern). My winner will be announced on Monday, December 7th.

I hope you stick around the rest of this week for The 7 Days of HoliYAY and a chance to win fun books and prizes! Check out the schedule below for whose blog to visit next AND the prize you could win! On Sunday, I'll be wrapping up the giveaway with an extra special prize: a 15-min. Q&A phone call with author Valerie Bolling or a PB MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE from her!

**Sorry to our international friends! The book giveaways are for U.S. residents only, but the PB manuscript critique is open to all :)

I hope you participate in The 7 Days of HoliYAY!

Click the PDF below to view the giveaway schedule.

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Here are the books/prizes this week & the links to take you to each of the blog posts. I'll update them each day:

Mon. 11/30 Maryna's blog: (You're here already!)

Tue. 12/1 Dedra's blog: THE LITTLE REINDEER by Nicola Killen. Click here!

Wed. 12/2 Sarah Meade's blog: SANTA AND THE GOODNIGHT TRAIN by June Sobel and Laura Huliska-Beith. Click here!

Thurs. 12/3 Nicole's blog: HAPPY LLAMAKKAH by Laura Gehl and Lydia Nichols. Click here!

Fri. 12.4 Sarah Heaton guest blogging on Maryna's blog: BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert. Click here!

Sat. 12/5 Ciara's blog: WILD SYMPHONY by Dan Brown & Susan Batori. Click here!

Sun. 12/6 Maryna's blog: 15-min. Q&A with Valerie Bolling OR a PB manuscript critique from her. Coming soon!

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