April Hilland, Author, Educator, Librarian
Lights Out, Imagination On: 10 Must-Read Picture Books for Kids Before Bedtime.
10 of my FAVOURITE picture books to share with my own children at bedtime. Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems - An amusing story that follows the antics of a determined pigeon who tries to stay up late. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin - A hilarious...
“Transform Your Child’s Bedtime from Chaos to Calm with This One Simple Trick”
As a children's book author and teacher-librarian, I know how important reading is for a child's development. Reading together with your child is not only a great bonding experience, but it also helps build language skills, sparks imagination, and fosters a love of...
10 things I wish I knew before publishing my first children’s book.
Target Audience: Identifying your target audience is crucial when writing a children's book. Knowing the age range and interests of your readers will help you tailor your writing style, themes, and illustrations to their needs. Story Planning: Proper planning is key...
Why Girls are the Future of STEM.
Encouraging young girls to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers is of the utmost importance. STEM fields have the potential to offer exciting and rewarding careers, but they have traditionally been male-dominated. By encouraging...
Pickles hits the BIG LEAGUES!
https://youtu.be/awP-4frIFa4 KidTimeStoryTime read PICKLES on her fabulous and entertaining channel. I'm so thrilled!
4 things you MUST do before launching a successful Kickstarter campaign for your book.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aprilhilland/billi-the-maker-a-story-of-perseverance-and-ingenuity April Hilland's Kickstarter was fully funded less than two weeks into her campaign. Launching a new book in itself is incredibly daunting but launching it as a...
Why should you care about diversity in children’s books.
Why is it important for representation in children’s books? I want you to take a moment and think back to a favourite book you read as a child or teen. What is it about that book that resonated with you? As a teacher-librarian and children’s author, I feel...
Billi the Maker Book Launch on Kickstarter!
Billi, The Maker will be launching on Kickstater! I will be launching my latest book "Billi, The Maker" on kick starter. BUTTON -> Link to Kickstarter. SHARE TO SOCIAL MEDIA BUTTONS.
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What people are saying!
Very whimsical, lovely story with the mythical magic of unicorn creatures. The illustrations and water colours are very beautiful. Great read for kids who love lyrical flow style books!
My 4 year loved me reading this hilarious children's book to her. It is narrated by a dill pickle who believes pickles get a bad deal in life. The illustrations are as fun as the jokes. Very entertaining and a joy to read.
My mom has an old record of the song teddy bears picnic that my son loves listening to. He's also is a pretty big fan of unicorns. This is just the perfect amalgamation of the two! Cute pictures and a classic story with a twist. What a great combination!
Cute book! My students loved the story and the illustrations! A winner on my classroom bookshelf!
This a really cute story. If your child loves unicorns then this will be a favourite. The Illustrations are well done. A must in any book collection.
Nice pictures..started good with unicorns hid behind the trees, looked cute. A strange story. I read this book to my six year old granddaughter. The review are her words, the stars mine.
Unicorn's Picnic by April Hilland Colorful children's book that you can tap and enlarge text. They are only there til 6pm when their parents will take them home. All the animals are watching the special day the unicorns have their picnic. About the author and illustrator are included at the end.
The little unicorns are going to have their big picnic. Its been a long day & they are all wore out. Lots of fun & at 6:00 PM mom/dad unicorn will come get them & take them home. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great colored beautiful watercolor illustrations & proper font & writing style. A very well written children’s unicorn adventure story book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great children’s unicorn adventure movie, or a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free author; Roony K Press; BookSends; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
This is a wonderfully vibrant and upbeat rhythm book about unicorns shown with watercolors. This is a great team read book for the little ones. ( They follow along with their finger or they read a page you read a page.). This story is about all the unicorns holiday and celebration of going into the woods for a picnic. Enjoy!!y
Well written, delightful book for children of all ages. I enjoyed it more than my Grandson.
Love the book. Me and my 4 year old little one enjoyed the story. She was so fond of the unicorns.
This would be a wonderful book for a quick read when putting young children to bed. Simple yet cut illustrations will make anyone who likes unicorns smile.
Unicorn's PIcnic is a fun book to show what Unicorn's do in their spare time. Just a wonderful fantasy book to let a child get away from the worries of the world and just be a child. A must-have.
It is a sweet book with cute drawings that will attract any child. Hard not to sing along while you read!
I really like the illustrations in this book. I work in child care and believe the children would love reading it and flipping through the pages.
I loved the book! Teddy bears picnic was one of my favourite childhood songs. I would definitely recommend this adorable book.
A cute, short read. Beautiful illustrations. Would make a good addition to any unicorn collection. I would recommend this book.
I really enjoyed the rhythm of the book and the illustrations were reminiscent of Sandra Boynton books which I love. Nice job!
Read it to our toddlers and they loved it! We will keep this in our daily roster! So very cute
This book is beautifully written and illustrated, unicorns are very popular with kids nowadays, so it’s a great way of encouraging reading and story time!
Unicorns are a huge hit for little girls. My daughter loves it and wants to have her own unicorn picnic! Super cute & great illustrations!
This book has quickly become a favourite in our house. The kids love the story and are captivated by the colourful illustrations.
Love this book!! Super cute with the cutest little unicorns ever!! Definitely something the kids will enjoy 🙂
This is a great book. Quick delivery as well. My little niece loves this!!! She loves to look at the pictures and is captivated by the story.