‘At the Zoo with Lil Boo’ WINS PURPLE DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARD

‘At the Zoo with Lil Boo’ WINS PURPLE DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARD

‘At the Zoo with Lil Boo’ WINS PURPLE DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARD

CHANDLER, AZ (June, 2012) – The judges of the third annual Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature, have spoken, and At the Zoo with Lil Boo by Daddy Bookins, won an Honorable Mention Place in the Animals Pets category.

“Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score of 72 out of 80 must be earned for a 1st Place award, 64 out of 80 for a 2nd Place and 56 out of 80 for an Honorable Mention – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc., the sponsor of the Dragonfly Book Awards. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”

At the Zoo with Lil Boo is about is an illustrated children’s book based on the creative experiences and imagination of Daddy Bookins son, Lil Boo.  From the moment the sun rises, join the adventurous duo Lil Boo and Onote on a journey across the zoo. They will learn about an array of animals from penguins to zebras, as well as making a new friend named, Roo! You never know what surprises will turn up in a child’s imagination.  It retails for $13.50 and can be purchased at any online retail outlet, by request at most brick and mortar stores and of course personally autographed copies on the Daddy Bookins website.  For a complete list of winners including all 1st and 2nd places and Honorable Mentions, visit www.FiveStarBookAwards.com and click on “Winners.”

The Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, which honors all genres of books in 50 categories, is currently in progress with an October 1, 2012 deadline. However, Royal Dragonfly submissions postmarked August 1, 2012 or earlier are eligible for the Early Bird reward: a free e-copy of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing or Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show. The fourth Annual Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest is already underway with a March 1, 2013 early bird deadline and May 1 final deadline. There is no publication date restriction as long as the titles entered are still in print.

                For complete winners’ lists including 2nd Place and Honorable Mention wins, rules and entry forms for any of the Dragonfly Book Awards contests, visit www.FiveStarBookAwards.com. For more details on Five Star Publications, email info@FiveStarPublications.com or call 480-940-8182.

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Horatian Ode – At the Zoo with Lil Boo – First Draft Exclusive

Horatian Ode – At the Zoo with Lil Boo – First Draft Exclusive

I have been reluctant to post this rough draft of the second book.  Why? Perhaps just my own insecurities.  Perhaps I was afraid of dishonoring the great poet Horace.  Perhaps…well I just don’t know, quite simply enough it was my first ever attempt at writing a Horatian Ode and I was unsure how or if anyone would accept it.  I was at odds with some inner writers turmoil…(how’s that for an excuse?)…

Without further adieu for your reading pleasure the original first unedited version of At the Zoo with Lil Boo before we changed it into quite a successful charming prose, enjoy!

P1

The bright morning sun is gleaming

Casting rays on a boy dreaming

Off in another land

Lil Boo’s day is planned.

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P2

Rise and shine, busy he will be

Many adventures he will see.

Wanting to look his best

He gets himself dressed.

P3

A hungry boy he is indeed

Growing frantically like a weed

Sitting at the table

Waiting like an angel.

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P4

Breakfast is important to eat

Maple oatmeal is Lil Boo’s treat

With a latte in hand

Looking down in dreamland

P5

There was a delightful array

Of many animals at play

The adventure began

Just as he had planned.

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P6

They looked up at him and smiled

“Treasures await you, young child!”

Happy as he could be

Lil Boo smiled with glee.

P7

Off he went to finish his chores

Brushing his teeth slamming the doors

One shoe on, one shoe lost

Lil Boo was crisscrossed

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P8

With the help of his mom and dad

Worries were gone and he was glad

The time had come to go

Packed, ready and so

P9

In the car and off down the road

The laughter and chatter echoed

Silly as they could be

Singing songs so cutely

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P10

Then out of the blue it appeared

“A mystery key”, Lil Boo cheered

Down the path he wandered

Twirling it he pondered

P11

I wonder how fun it would be

Just to mosey about you see

Animals at the zoo

From a boys point of view

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P12

With his friend Onote at his side

The two began to walk in stride.

The Zoo was packed galore

With animals and more.

P13

Where would they start, what would they do?

Stumbling into a friend named Roo.

Come join us on our way

First stop, a bird of prey

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P14

Sneaking in to play in the snow

Slipping and sliding to and fro

The snow is cold and wet

Not a place you will sweat

P15

Appreciate this penguin’s home

Even being under a dome

Far away from their home

On our journey we roam

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P16

Waddling and walking they stroll

With bamboo and fruit in a bowl

The panda is eating

While slowly depleting

P17

Soft and cuddly the giant plays

Living in harmony these days

Far away from her home

On our journey we roam

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P18

Turning the corner, looking high

A tree is moving in the sky

A giraffe is eating

With a tongue so greeting

P19

A long neck and a bumpy head

Happy are they to be widespread

Far away from their home

On our journey we roam

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P20

The adventurous group moved on

Over the Zoo paths and beyond

Together they charted

For creatures big hearted

P21

A few of the largest on land

New surroundings that were unplanned

Far away from their home

On our journey we roam

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P22

Living in a “pride” you will see

Lions resting up in a tree.

Belting out a large roar

This you may not ignore

P23

Soft is its mane

The lion is quite tame

Far away from its home

On our journey we roam

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P24

Flapping about her hefty ears

Spewing dust this elephant fears

Protection from the sun

Or her day will be done.

P25

Using her trunk to eat and drink

Stomach growls will make an eye blink

Far away from her home

On our journey we roam

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P26

Munching on an array of grass.

Startled he charges in first class

Bad temper he has not

Poor eye-sight on the dot

P27

The rhino is known for its horn

Crashing about you have been warned

Far away from his home

On our journey we roam

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P28

Black and white stripes, each is unique

Very social, zebra’s will speak

Nomadic is the herd

Predators are blurred

P29

Taking a bath in dust and mud

Protects them from a lot of crud

Far away from his home

On our journey we roam

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P30

The adventurous group moved on

Over the Zoo paths and beyond

They were lost with no map

Lil Boo wanted a nap

P31

Scurrying down the path with speed

The Zookeeper found friends in need

Lil Boo and friends asleep

Snoring with sounds of sheep

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P32

A soft voice said, “Wake up Lil Boo”

We have arrived here at the Zoo

Stunned he opened his eyes

Adventures are his prize

Please feel free to comment below, let me know what you thought – good, bad and/or indifferent.

Welcome to the YOB Years!  Where all you need is a BIG Hug!

Peas Out!

~Daddy Bookins

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – It is true, I never would have imagined at the ripe age of 6 where I would have been at 20, 30 or even now coming up to 36 (Yes, I just gave away my true age).  The other week, I was fortunate enough to spend some time with #lilboo’s classmates and read the wonderful Dr. Seuss book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! for Read Across America Day.  While reading the story to them, I was pondering – where will these children go in 10 – 20 – 30 years from now?  As I myself began reflecting back running across a playground in Kinder, learning how to read, do math, spell…the list goes on and on…

Fast forward to yesterday morning – Lo and behold, there is this amazing new platform that is all the rage with suburbanites and well everyone for that matter called, Pinterest.  Yes, I officially join yesterday so please come join Daddy Bookins on Pinterest.  Giving credit where it is due, a friend of mine Becca from the blog Our Crazy Boys and a HUGE Daddy Bookins fan had a Pin from A Sprinkle of This.  It is an absolutely incredible idea and one of which I am going to do for #lilboo.

Are you ready?

Pick up a copy of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and secretly have each teacher sign the book (include something unique about them from that year) from now until the end of their Senior year of school.  Then give it to them as a gift for graduation.  It’s a simple idea and a pretty unique keepsake.  Just imagine the places they’ll go! 

Welcome to the YOB Years!  Where all you need is a BIG Hug!

Peas Out!

~Daddy Bookins

You’ve Been Booed!

You’ve Been Booed!

It’s that time of year again!  “You’ve Been Booed!” signs should be popping up in your neighborhood!

I updated the original “BOO Poem” written a few years back.  It is a great way to get out and know  your neighbors while having a bit of fun with your lil boo’s n roo’s!

Just click on the free printable PDF “You’ve Been Booed!” Poem and have a Boo’ing good time!!!

Have some fun and BOO your neighbor!

Welcome to the YOB Years!  Where all you need is a BIG Hug!

Peas Out!

~Daddy Bookins