The Pirate Crew!

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The Pirate Crew!

To celebrate the publication of my debut picture book, Pirate's Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime, (Doubleday BFYR), illustrated by Tim Bowers,

I am hosting an online pirate party called Pirate of the Day.

Here are the wonderful entries I've received so far.

Help me celebrate. Be Pirate of the Day and you could win a signed copy of Pirate's Lullaby!


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The Rinka kids are Pirate of the Day!

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The Rinka kids are Pirate of the Day!

Pirates must run in the family!  Today, our Pirates of the Day are my niece and nephews. They are all grown up now, but weren't they cute little mutineers? They were big fans of the Patch the Pirate radio show thus the matching outfits.

Thanks to my sister in law for sending in this old family picture to help us celebrate the publication of Pirate's Lullaby.

Would you like to be pirate of the day?  Enter the Pirate of the Day contest and you could win an autographed copy of Pirate's Lullaby.


 

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King Cake Baby is Pirate of the Day!

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King Cake Baby is Pirate of the Day!

Shiver me timbers, y'all!  The King Cake Baby is Pirate of the Day! 

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Wait?! What's a king cake? And why is there a baby inside?

Everyone knows they celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Mardi Gras or Carnival season officially begins on January 6th or "King's Day" - also known to Christians as the Epiphany. Epiphany comes from a Greek word that means "to show". Bethlehem is where infant Jesus first showed himself to the world. As a symbol of this holy day, a tiny plastic baby is placed inside each King Cake. The King Cake tradition is thought to have been brought to New Orleans from France in 1870.

A King Cake is an oval-shaped bakery delicacy - a cross between a coffee cake and a french pastry that is rich in history as it is in flavor! It is decorated in royal colors or Purple which signifies "Justice", Green for "Faith", and Gold for "Power". These colors were chosen to represent a jeweled crown honoring the wise men (the Three Kings) who brought gifts to the Christ Child on the Feast of Epiphany. In the past, such things as coins, beans, pecans, or peas were hidden inside each King Cake. Today,  a tiny plastic baby is the common prize. At a party, the King Cake is sliced and served. Each person looks to see if their piece contains the baby. If so, then that person is named "King for a day" and bound by custom to host the next party and provide the next King Cake!

The King Cake Baby is also a character in my friend, Keila Dawson's, adorable picture book, The King Cake Baby, a tasty New Orleans style retelling of the Gingerbread Man.

I can't believe King Cake Baby has all of the important pirate accessories - a ship, a map, a treasure chest, a hat & sword! So cute!  And with all of this talk of cake, I'm hungry! Maybe we should have a king cake to celebrate Pirate of the Day! Here is a picture of the one my wee mutineer & I made two years ago for Mardi Gras. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Thanks for your adorable & tasty entry, Keila!  Would you like to win an autographed copy of Pirate's Lullaby?

Enter the Pirate of the Day contest!

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Return of the Pirates!

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Return of the Pirates!

Nan's grandsons are making a special return appearance in the Pirate of the Day contest!

Look at this wee mutineer's outfit!  I love his robot t-shirt.  And the giant mustache? Too cute!  Do you think he's going to make someone walk the plank with that sword? Aye, aye!

Is that a Jack and the Never-land Pirate costume? My wee mutineers really liked that show, too! Yo, ho! Let's go!

Here's one last picture. Nan's grandkids pillaging and plundering for Halloween treats! I bet they scored a whole treasure chest full of candy! So cute.

Thanks for sharing, Nan!  Join the pirate crew & you could win a copy of Pirate's Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime

Find out more about the Pirate of the Day contest, here.

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Abby is Pirate of the Day!

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Abby is Pirate of the Day!

Can't you almost hear this wee mutineer shouting, "Yo, ho, ho!"? I just love Abby's face paint.

Abby is a pirate after my own heart! A few months ago, I attended a birthday party and had my face painted, too.

Thanks for your entry, Becca & Abby. Abby, you can be my pirate pal any day!  Abby has been entered into the contest to win an autographed copy of Pirate's Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime.


For your chance to win, enter the Pirate of the Day contest. Join the pirate crew! Arr!


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Evan is Pirate of the Day!

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Evan is Pirate of the Day!

Look at this fine swashbuckler! It looks like he was celebrating a birthday! Would you look at that cake! A fine ship as any I've ever seen. Hope your day was great matey!

Thank you for this fantastic picture, Mary! See Evan's great smile? He's smiling because he's been entered into the contest to win an autographed copy of Pirate's Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime.


Would like to enter, too? Join the pirate crew. Details here.

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Kristin's Daughter is Pirate of the Day!

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Kristin's Daughter is Pirate of the Day!

I always thought a pirate's favorite food was arrrrtichokes. Turns out it might just be scrambled eggs! Thanks to Kristin for sharing this darling picture of her pirate chef. I'll be right over for breakfast!

Thank you for sending in your entry, Kristin. Kristin's daughter is Pirate of the Day and her family has been entered to win an autographed copy of Pirate's Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime.

To learn how you can be Pirate of the Day, click here. Join the pirate crew. Be a pirate! Arr!

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Nan's Grandsons are Pirates of the Day!

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Nan's Grandsons are Pirates of the Day!

My friend, Nan, sent me this great photo of her grandsons & their uncle playing pirate. Who do you think is going to win this sword fight? My money's on the wee mutineer with two swords.

Congratulations to Nan & her family. They are now entered into the Pirate of the Day contest. Join our pirate crew and you could win a copy of Pirate's Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime.

For more information about the Pirate of the Day contest, click here.


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