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Noah Noasaurus

by Elaine Kiely Kearns

Illustrated by Colin Jack

Everyone can relate to having a bad day, a “NO!” kind of day, and this book can help young readers see how to turn that around. In Noah Noasaurus, Elaine Kylie Kearns takes something kids love – dinosaurs – and something kids say – NO! (because they are in a bad mood) – and pairs them together with hilarious results, showing that even a bad day can turn out okay with friends. Illustrator Colin Jacks’ brightly colorful, adorably fun illustrations highlight the story and humor as well (the facial expressions on the dinos are especially delightful). Makes for a fun read aloud too!


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Fiona Woodcock is back after her charming book LOOK with this delightful ode to summer. Hello is a story about a brother and sister visiting a seaside amusement park and beach for the…

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Interview of Elaine Kiely Kearns, author of NOAH NOASAURUS!


Elaine Kiely Kearns is a light in the kidlit community. I first met her in 12×12 and later interviewed her here on Writer’s Rumpus soon after she and Sylvia Liu launched Kidlit411. I’m thrilled to interview her now at the release of her debut picture book, NOAH NOASAURUS!

Kirsti Call: Can you tell us about your journey to becoming a published children’s author?

Elaine Kiely Kearns: I had always thought about writing but life was busy working as an elementary school teacher. It wasn’t until I had my girls and was home with them that I decided to pursue the idea. I joined the SCBWI right away and right after that I found Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 (where I also met my critique group members). I took a few classes after that (Susanna Leonard Hill’s Making Picture Books) and it took off from there. Once I got into the industry…

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Kid Lit Love: Noah Noasaurus

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Elaine Kiely Kearns does so much for the kid lit community. She and Sylvia Liu are responsible for the kid lit 411 website which provides a wealth of information for aspiring writers. If you haven’t checked it out, I encourage you to do so.

I was excited to receive a copy of Elaine’s debut picture book, titled NOAH NOASAURUS. This book has the winning combination of a popular dinosaur theme paired with a recognizable stage of childhood development. Many parents can relate to the “No” phase where a child’s favourite word becomes “no.” And for that reason alone, parents and children will love the book.

From the Wooly Mammoth Slippers to the Smilodon Toothpaste, Elaine has fully explored the dinosaur theme in a playful manner.


The bright and colourful illustrations by Colin Jack along with the increasing parade of dinosaur friends who follow Noah on his grumpy journey are delightful.

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All About The Lyrical Language Lab Online Writing Course

Interview with founder Renée M. LaTulippe by Julie Hedlund
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I am SO delighted to be hosting my friend Renée LaTulippe today. I met Renée initially through my 12 x 12 challenge, and quickly discovered her talent and effervescence as a children’s poet/actress/performer. So much so that I corralled her to serve as the “Poetry Elf” for 12 x 12 these past two years, where she passes her poetic passion onto other bards to be (and already are… no not to be…).

Renée has long been an advocate for poets and a supporter of poetry for children, but now she’s passing on her gifts in a course designed to help ALL writers write more lyrically and rhythmically in her course THE LYRICAL LANGUAGE LAB: Punching up Prose with Poetry. Because I am signed up to take this course in July, Renée gave me a sneak peek into the course and a spot in the private Facebook group.

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Writing Process: The Writing of the Poem “Elegy for a Daffodil”

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Every now and then I participate in a yearly event called March Madness Poetry…

in which poets are assigned a difficult word and then given 36 hours to compose a children’s poem using that word. Since it’s a high-pressure, high-stakes kind of game, I thought I’d share the feverish process that is devising a poem for March Madness.


For Round 1, I had 36 hours to compose a poem for the word GAIETY. In light of words like verjuice, parallax, and grok, I thought I had it easy, but this word gave me some trouble indeed. Besides that pesky extra syllable, I felt boxed in by the meaning of the word. I had to write a poem about frolicking, it seems, so I dutifully made my list of words.

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