Fifo The Bear

March 8, 2012

And the Winner is…

Filed under: Fifo Blog — hayley @ 3:38 am

Hooray…Fifo “When I Grow Up” wins its first award placing second in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards in the category of “Children’s Picture Books Five and Under.” AND… Fifo “50 States” wins four more making this twelve awards in twelve months! Fifo “50 States” placed, first in “Best Illustrations”, second in “Children’s Picture Books Six and Older”, second in “Travel” and honorable mention in “Education.” It’s been a good year for Fifo. :) http://​​bookcontest/​winners.html#2012rdbawin

December 16, 2011

The Children’s Author Show – Interview

Filed under: Fifo Blog,Interviews — hayley @ 9:53 pm

There’s a new interview up about Fifo “50 States” at the Children’s Author Show.  :)

Year of Jubilee Review

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Fifo ’50′ States – Hayley Rose

As part of our homeschooling this year I thought it would be fun to take a ‘tour’ of each state. We have utilized various resources to find facts, recipes and the history of each state. I have read numerous picture books to the kids of the various states. Fifo ’50′ States incorporates fun information into each of the states in kid friendly, rhythmic prose. Hayley Rose mentions the capital, state bird, flower and and tree for each state that Fifo visits.

The illustrations incorporate all of these facts and show Fifo on a grand adventure in each state. Kentucky for an example has Fifo riding a horse in the Kentucky Derby!

Fantastic reference book for homeschoolers and teachers. Add it to your library and suggest to your local public library to add Fifo ’50′ States to its offerings.

Many thanks to Hayley Rose for providing me with a review copy of this book. It has been well loved and treasured all ready.

Visit Fifo at his website and find some fun activities to go along with the book. While you are there check out Fifo’s first book “When I grow up”.

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December 2, 2011

Thank you Midwest Book Review!

Filed under: Book Reviews,Fifo Blog — hayley @ 7:56 pm

“Fifo ’50 States’” is a handy bear’s alphabetical travelogue featuring all 50 of the United States of America as toured by the bear, Fifo. Told in verse, illustrated in quirky color miniature travel posters, “Fifo ’50 States’” is the second book in this multi-award winning series. Designed to be memorable and enjoyable, “Fifo ’50 States’” packs lots of U.S. history and geography into 100+ pages of illustrated verse. Children age 4-10 will learn lots of fascinating things about all 50 states as they follow Fifo in his dreams of exploring the United States of America.

MBR: Children’s Bookwatch, December 2011

November 3, 2011

USA Book News Names Fifo “50 States” as Finalist, Twice, in The USA “Best Books 2011” Awards!

Fifo “50 States” by Hayley Rose, is selected as an Award-Winning Finalist in the Children’s Educational, and Children’s Picture Book: Softcover Non-Fiction categories of The USA “Best Books 2011” Awards., the premiere online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of The USA “Best Books 2011” Awards on November 1, 2011. Over 500 winners and finalists were announced in over 140 categories covering print, e-books and audio books. Awards were presented for titles published in 2010 and 2011.

Keen, of, says of the awards, now in their ninth year, “The 2011 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States. With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of the USA ‘Best Books’ Awards, this year’s winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the upcoming holiday retail season.”

Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Random House, Penguin, Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons and hundreds of independent houses contributed to this year’s outstanding competition. Keen adds, “Our success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”

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October 21, 2011

Librarians Love Fifo Too!

My Rating: 5 Stars Out Of 5

Fifo “50 States” is a whimsical picture book that introduces children to each state in the United States. The book was written by Hayley Rose and illustrated by Jessie B. Orlet. This book was published by Inkwell Productions in 2010. (ISBN: 9780981464824)

Are you looking for an enjoyable way to introduce the 50 states to your child? This book is written in rhyme and illustrated with delightful color pictures. Your child will love learning about the United States with Fifo.

About the Author
Hayley Rose grew up in the beach side town of Pacific Palisades, California, to a family of visual artists. In the early 1990′s she traveled the U.S. with her band Crush Violet. Along with writing children’s books, Hayley has been working in entertainment business management for the past 15 years, specializing in concert touring. She is currently a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and resides dually in Los Angeles, CA and Scottsdale, AZ.
Her first book, Fifo “When I Grow Up” was published in 2002.

50 States and a Ton of Fun!
Fifo “Fifty States” is a charming picture book in rhyme. It is also a wonderful learning tool for children. Each state is featured with a rhyme and a delightful color picture. There is an amazing amount of information presented in the text and the illustrations complement and add more interesting details to the text.

The book presents the following information about each of the 50 states;
The geographic section of the country that the state is located in ( North, South, East, West, Midwest).
The chronological order that the state entered the Union. (Ex. The 26th state)
The name of the state capitol.
The name of the state flower.
The name of the state tree.
The name of the state bird.
The state motto.
The illustrations add even more details about the states;

A small state map with a star to spotlight the capitol city.
The state flag.
A glimpse of the landscape and tourist attractions.
Some of the main products and occupations (corn, cherries, mining, farming, livestock, etc.)
Famous state events (Ex. Hot Air Balloons in New Mexico, Rodeos in Oklahoma, etc.)
Famous events in the state’s history.
The best thing about the illustrations is that Fifo is featured right in the middle of the page wearing a costume that is appropriate for the state that he is visiting!
I would like to share one page from the book so that you can feel the rhythm of the text and view one of the illustrations;

“Down in the south
lies the 28th state.
It is called Texas
and I hear it’s just great.
Austin is the capitol
and there are many things to see.
like the Bluebonnet flower
and the yummy Pecan tree.
The crazy little Mockingbird
lives in Texas too.
It’s a wonderful place to visit,
I’d like to go there, wouldn’t you?”

Children will love to travel the country with Fifo the Bear. This book will make learning fun and kids will be eager to read it over and over again.

My Thoughts
Fifo “50 States” is fun, fantastic and full of facts! Kids will love the rhythm and repetition of the text. This book offers many opportunities for parents and teachers to share the joy of traveling with Fifo. I was overwhelmed by the detail in the illustrations. Children will spend hours exploring and investigating the fact-filled pictures.
The beautiful thing about this book is that it is appropriate for children of all ages. Young children will delight in hearing their parent/teacher reading the text and looking at the colorful pictures of Fifo. Older children will find this book educational and intriguing. I think this book will give students just enough information to make them go searching for more. I highly recommend this book to children, parents and teachers. This book rocks!

Fifo “50 States” was recently selected from over 1000 entries to be included on the K.A.R.T Kids Book List for the 2011/2012 school year. The book has also won a “Mom’s Choice Award”, a “2011 Readers Favorite Book Award” and many other honors.

You can download Fifo coloring sheets and word games from Fifo’s Web Page. These resources will be very popular with young and old alike. Great fun for Fifo fans!

Fifo The Bear Books [Book Trailer]
If you would like to learn more about the Fifo the Bear books, please click HERE to view the book trailer.

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October 20, 2011

Have Fifo Visit Your School!

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October 19, 2011

The New Fifo “50 States” Book Trailer!

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October 14, 2011

2011 K.A.R.T. Kids Books List Winners Announced!

Filed under: Book Awards,Fifo Blog — hayley @ 6:58 pm

The K.A.R.T. Kids Book List is assembled each year to introduce children’s books with age appropriate content that are memorable and enhance the gift of learning as a child grows. Titles for the list are picked by the South Jersey Children’s Literary Festival selection committee. Fifo “50 States” was one of 32 titles selected from over 1000 entries to be represented for the 2011/2012 year.  The list is published in November 2011.

The Kids Are Readers Too (K.A.R.T.) Foundation is the charitable giving branch of PediNatural® Books. The K.A.R.T. Foundation believes that introducing books at an early age will allow children to naturally master the developmental milestones that are essential to solid learning foundations. KART is committed to promoting and implementing children’s literacy programs and services throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware by awarding grant requests in various amounts to qualified organizations whose programs meet our guidelines and shared vision. The K.A.R.T. Foundation also distributes new books to children through educational learning institutions & libraries.

So, to celebrate we are giving away two copies of Fifo “50 States” on Goodreads.  Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Fifo "50 States" by Hayley Rose

Fifo “50 States”

by Hayley Rose

Giveaway ends November 30, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

July 4, 2011

We’re Giving Away Books!

Here’s your chance to win a copy of  Fifo “When I Grow Up” and the new award-winning book, Fifo “50 States” from  All winning copies come with bookmarks and tattoos.  Good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Fifo "50 States" by Hayley Rose

Fifo “50 States”

by Hayley Rose

Giveaway ends July 31, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Fifo by Hayley Rose


by Hayley Rose

Giveaway ends July 31, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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