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  • Writer's pictureStacyBurch


Hi, reading fans! In March of 2021, I was super fortunate to win a coveted spot in the PB Party showcase, hosted by Mindy Alyse Weiss. Out of 1,000+ entries, my picture book - THE EXTRA STOCKING - was 1 of 50 selected based on the query and first 60 words. Who knows what delightful things will come from this, but it was truly an HONOR just to be selected! I can't possibly thank Mindy and the judges enough.

*PB Party artwork by Melissa Escobar!

Here is a little blurb about my story:

When Mama hangs an extra stocking, Oona plans for a mystery guest. But as she rushes to make gifts to fill the stocking, Oona learns that even the empty can be full of memories from long ago.

THE EXTRA STOCKING celebrates a Christmas tradition about the endless beauty of familial love. Complete at 385 words, this story is similar in content to ALL THE COLORS OF CHRISTMAS by Matthew Paul Turner & Gillian Gamble (2020) but with the non-rhyming, lyrical style of HOME IN THE WOODS by Eliza Wheeler (2019). However, unlike other holiday picture books, THE EXTRA STOCKING tells of a unique tradition not written about in today’s market, a tradition my own family celebrates each year.

If you're interested in reading my query, just send me a message, and I'll happily share to help a fellow writer!

Remember: chin up, pen down - just keep writing!

With Gratitude,


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