Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 30, 2019

Book Giveaway: SOCCER TIME! by Terry Pierce

Terry Pierce has a new easy reader titled, SOCCER TIME! It is illustrated by Bob McMahon and published by Random House Books for Young Readers. Terry has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Terry and Bob!

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!


GOOOOOOOOAL!! This Step 1 introduction to practically every child’s first team sport is a win for emergent readers.

No hands–just feet. The game starts. Tweet! Young soccer enthusiasts will build their reading confidence as they learn about basic skills and the thrill of scoring a goal in Terry Pierce’s rhythmic, rhyming Step 1 Reader. As she did in Jack and Jill and T-Ball Bill and Tae Kwon Do!, Pierce captures the excitement of sports while scaffolding reading with alliteration and word families.

Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words for children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading. Rhyme and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story.


I suppose the journey of Soccer Time! is just about every writer’s dream. The short of it is that my editor, Heidi Kilgras, asked me if I’d like to write the book. Wow! I know, every writer’s dream, right? To have an editor ask you to write a book for him/her. One might wonder, how does that happen?

It started with a good relationship. My second easy reader with Random House, Jack and Jill and T-Ball Bill (ill. by Sue DiCicco), was coming out in March of 2018. While corresponding with Heidi about that book, she asked me if I’d be interested in writing a Step 1 reader on soccer. Of course, I said, “Yes!” But there was a minor problem…I knew nothing about soccer! (Shhh, don’t tell anyone!). I’d only watched one soccer game in my life so I knew I’d have to learn about the game.

I immediately started reading children’s books on soccer. This was a good start for some basic information, but I wanted to capture the fun and action that little kids have while playing. So, I watched every YouTube video I could find showing kindergarten-aged children playing the game (so funny and cute!). After this, I was able to write a first draft, which I showed to my writing group. Fortunately, some of the members either played soccer themselves or had children who played soccer. Their input proved to be invaluable in polishing the first draft!

Soon after, Heidi wrote me again, asking about the book. I sent her the first draft (so glad I jumped right into working on it). And like any great editor, she sent it back to me with revision notes. In fact, we collaborated on the manuscript for a few weeks until we arrived at the final draft. I was incredibly fortunate that she had a good understanding of children’s soccer and easy readers. My job was to incorporate her suggestions into my story to create a rhyming, sparsely worded text, packed with all the action, excitement and fun of a real children’s soccer game.

A few months after the editorial team had accepted the final draft, Heidi informed me that Bob McMahon was illustrating the book. Bob and I are in the same SCBWI chapter, so I was familiar with his work—and thrilled with their choice. Bob’s illustrations bring life to the text in a fun, active, engaging way. I supposed you’d say that the book scored a goal!


TERRY PIERCE is the author of twenty-four children’s books, including Soccer Time!, Mama Loves You So, Mother Earth’s Lullaby, and Tae Kwon Do! (2007 Bank Street College Best Children’s Books).

Her love for books started early in life.  She fondly remembers her first bookstore trip, where she chose her first book to buy and keep, The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss (which she still has).  She read all kinds of books and wrote poetry in elementary school and even made her own “library” in her room.

Terry holds a B.A. degree in Early Childhood Development and an International A.M.I. Montessori teaching diploma.  She was a Montessori teacher for twenty-two years before deciding to follow her dream of writing for children. Terry holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, including the Picture Book Concentration certification. She now writes full-time and teaches Picture Book Writing for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

Though she lived in various parts of the U.S. as a child, she now lives in California, dividing her time between the high desert and the high Sierras. Nature inspires her writing, wherever she finds herself. She lives with her husband and is a servant to two crazy cats.

Her upcoming books include Love Can Come in Many Ways (Chronicle 2020) and Eat Up, Bear! (Yosemite Conservancy 2021). Please visit her at


Bob McMahon’s work for the past 20 years has ranged from advertising, toy concepts, movie posters, educational and children’s books. Bob enjoys creating his unique humorous illustrations from his home studio in Southern California where he lives with his wife, daughter and his crazy dog Sam.

Bob was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Click here to see his feature. Or visitg his website at:

Terry, thank you for sharing your book and its’ journey with us. It is nice to see a fun book with great illustrations for kids learning to read. Gook Luck with the book!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thank you for sharing you book’s journey. I would like to write easy readers some day. My son learned to read from those books. He wanted me to read the superhero ones over-and-over.

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  2. Congratulations Terry and Bob! Soccer Time is sure to be a hit with all the little soccer players out there. This is a perfect blend of text and illustrations and so much fun!

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  3. This book is absolutely darling – both the text and illustrations. Terry makes great use of rhyme, which is a smart technique with children who are beginning readers. Bob’s illustrations exemplify exuberance! My adult daughter began playing soccer in kindergarten, and this easy reader brought back fond memories.

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  4. I shared on FB, twitter, and Pinterest. Looks great!

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  5. Super cute! Thanks for sharing the journey of this book.

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  6. Soccer is becoming so popular! Great topic. Congratulations! I follow your blog by email, Kathy. Happy November!

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  7. I’ve rarely seen soccer books for kids this young, so I’m glad to see someone is working on filling that niche!

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  8. What a fun, sporty book for kids.

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