Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 19, 2020

Book Giveaway: IF SUN COULD SPEAK by Kourtney LaFavre

Kourtney LaFavre has written a new picture book titled, IF SUN COULD SPEAK, Illustrated by Saki Tanaka and published by Clear Fork Spork. Kourtney has agreed to share a copy 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 Kourtney & Saki!

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!


Sun is out to impress in this slightly egotistical first-person account that sheds light on the facts, history, and myths about its existence. Sun seeks to inspire readers to wonder and search for discoveries in this witty STEM-infused exploration of the center of our solar system.


My inner child is where I found the inspiration for IF SUN COULD SPEAK, my debut picture book illustrated by Saki Tanaka. I was enrolled in a course with​ ​​​Children’s Book Academy, directed by Mira Reisberg. We were reviewing ways to think of enticing book topics, and she said to think of a problem or question you had as a child. That piqued my interest, so I set the intention to recall a childhood memory that would make a great story. It was the next day that a memory from my childhood popped up.

I think I was about five or six when I first discovered that the sun doesn’t actually rise and set. I had assumed that the sun was moving up and down in the sky, because the word RISE means to move upward. That was the definition that my five year old self understood, and five year old brains are very literal. It totally blew my mind that it was the earth’s movement that created sunrises and sunsets. And I felt mad that I was mislead to believe inaccurate information. I was frustrated whenever I heard people say anything about the sun RISING. That’s where the concept of a book told from the sun’s perspective began, to clear up any misunderstandings about the sun.

    I took my childhood feelings and transferred them to the main character, Sun. Sun would be a feisty character, wanting to teach people the truth. I pictured Sun saying things like, “How dare they think I rise. I do not rise.” The title to my first draft was I DO NOT RISE. The main character, evolving through many revisions, kept a slightly egotistical trait. It happens when the world revolves around you. The character of Sun has two goals when talking to readers. One is to share information about who Sun is and what Sun does. And the second is to inspire readers to wonder and search for discoveries.

The journey continued once the manuscript was picked up by Clearfork. Saki Tanaka began her illustrations and the “picture book whisperer,” Mira Reisberg, began the editing process. I really enjoyed how the three of us worked together transforming the words into a beautiful creation. For example, Saki had some ideas that required me to make changes to the manuscript so that she could create the outstanding images. We even created a whole new spread for scientists who made discoveries about the universe, that wasn’t part of the original manuscript. Because we all had the highest good of the story in our hearts, we created something really wonderful.


As a former elementary teacher, I’m very excited about how this book can be used to not only enjoy a great story, but as a teaching tool as well. It’s jam packed with  science information, history, and myths.

I hope that the biggest take away from “If Sun Could Speak” is to plant the seed that there are remarkable things happening all around you. I hope that it encourages readers to look around and ask themselves, “Why is this happening? How did it come to be?” The search for truth never ends as long as you keep seeking. Science isn’t just what you know, it’s also a way to think. So while this book can be used as a tool to teach facts about science, history, and myths, it’s also a catalyst for scientific thinking. There will be a downloadable educator’s guide and Pinterest board available on my website. “If Sun Could Speak” provides opportunities to connect with the Disciplinary Core Idea of Next Generation Science Standards for grade K-4 including earth’s systems, earth’s place in the universe, and energy.


Kourtney is an educator and writer living and learning with the rhythms of nature in the woods of New Hampshire. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Studies. Kourtney was awarded “Outstanding Early Childhood Studies Major” at Plymouth State University as a person considered most likely to make a lasting contribution to the Early Childhood profession. She has 20 years experience teaching and working with families in elementary classrooms, preschools, head start, and other community programs. Kourtney is a former elementary teacher.
As a homeschooling mother of four, she believes the world is their classroom and searches for beauty and lessons. With pockets full of rocks and treasures she feels at peace among the trees. Kourtney is a life-long learner who strives to live a life filled with passion and purpose. She writes to inform and inspire.

Kourtney would love to connect with readers! Here’s where you can virtually find me:

Twitter:  @KourtneyLafavre
Website printables:

Kourtney is a now published former student of Mira Reisberg. MIra worked with Kourtney to edit and art direct this debut book.  Kourtney will be joining Mira’s live in one of the Live Facebook Friday Specials, popping in and out throughout the day and talking about writing creative nonfiction and and helping students with their stories. It should be quite wonderful!!! And Mira has extended the scholarship application dates to this Friday and the $100 discounts for the Craft and Business of Writing and Illustrating Picture Books until Monday the 23rd with the 2020PBLove discount code.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. What a wonderful book! Congratulations! Such a fun way for children to learn at the same time!

    Kathy, I receive your blog and I’m sharing to Facebook and Twitter! Thanks!

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  2. I love books on nature and this one truly shines bright! Thank you for writing it and a big, solar CONGRATS! 🙂

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  3. This sounds like a terrific intro to science for youngsters. Thanks for the post.

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  4. Such a unique approach to STEM material. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post:, and pinned an image on Pinterest with a link too:
    I also follow your blog daily by email: crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com
    Thanks again, have a safe day everyone!!

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  5. A fun concept. I look forward to seeing it.

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  6. This book sounds cute. I’m signed up for email updates, too! 😉

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  7. I love books that encourage and spark curiosity and this one DEFinitely looks like one! 😀 Congrats, Kourtney and Saki…this looks WONderful!

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  8. Looks like a beautiful book! My toddler already has questions about the sun and moon, he would love this. Off to retweet on Twitter:-)

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  9. I love the new creative nonfiction books such as If Sun Could Speak. When I taught elementary science a million years ago I would have loved accessible books such as this.

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  10. This looks like a wonderful book! Congratulations and best wishes!

    I will share on Twitter and I follow your blog by email, Kathy.

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  11. OMG what a gorgeous, wonderful book. Best of luck to both of you! Reach the stars!

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  12. Congrats to you on your book!


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