Fifo The Bear

August 6, 2011

Finalists For The 2011 Readers Favorite Book Awards Selected!

Filed under: Book Awards — hayley @ 11:48 pm

The finalists have been selected and Fifo “50 States” has made the cut.  Winners are announced September 1, 2011.  Fingers crossed!  :)

July 10, 2011

Readers Favorite – Review



By Readers Favorite “Book Reviews and Award Contest” (Hawesville, KY USA)

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Fifo 50 States by Hayley Rose is an excellent tool for teaching children about the 50 states. Information pertaining to each state is included in a poem, as well as the state bird, flower and tree. This small book also teaches the state capital and the state number. The rhythm will help the child to learn the information. The illustration contains clues to something for which the state is well known. At the bottom of the page with the poem is the state motto.

I’ll use Kentucky as an example of the information offered for each state. Kentucky was the fifteenth state, and Frankfort is the capital. The state flower is goldenrod, and the state tree is the yellow poplar tree. The state bird is the red bird, also known as the Cardinal. The state motto is United We Stand and Divided We Fall. The illustration shows a horse because Kentucky is famous for fast horses. The illustration also shows the state bird. Tobacco and coal are the main crops. Daniel Boone National Forest is located in the eastern part of the state. The state is well known for Fort Knox where all the national gold reserves are hidden.

Hayley Rose offers teachers and parents a tool to utilize in making learning fun. I was excited when I received this book to review. Learning should be fun, and Rose has created an excellent way that children can relate to. We need more books of this caliber for our children. The amount of information stored in this small book is amazing. I shared Fifo with my grandson. Maddix loved the bear and the poetry held his attention. He asked me to read it again; that’s how I judge a book to be worthy of my shelves.


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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.

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Fifo by Hayley Rose


by Hayley Rose

Giveaway ends July 31, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

June 15, 2011

Fifo “50 States” Wins Two Purple Dragonfly Book Awards!

The judges of the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature, have spoken, and Fifo “50 States” by Hayley Rose, has won First Place in the Children’s Picture Books Six and Older, and Second Place in the Educational/Instructional categories.

 “We want to help parents give their children only the best in reading excellence. Geared toward stories for children between the ages of four and 10, the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are designed to bring families together with great children’s literature, and a Purple Dragonfly seal on a book’s cover lets parents choose new titles for their bookshelves with confidence,” explains Linda Radke, president of Five Star Publications, the sponsor of the Dragonfly Book Awards. “Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score of 72 out of 80 must be earned for a 1st Place award, 64 out of 80 for a 2nd Place and 56 out of 80 for an Honorable Mention – even if it is the sole entry in a category. Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”

Thank you Purple Dragonfly Awards!



June 12, 2011

The Interview at the Mom’s Choice Awards booth at BookExpo America.

After winning this prestigious award for my book, Fifo “50 States”, I was given the opportunity to exhibit at BookExpo America.  One of the largest book conferences in the world, and this year it was held in New York City.  The venue was full of excitement, and I was able to sit down with Terry from the Mom’s Choice Awards and talk about the new book and future plans for Fifo.

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May 19, 2011

National Indie Excellence Awards Honors Fifo “50 States”!

The National Indie Excellence Awards® names Fifo “50 States” by Hayley Rose “Finalist” in Children’s Picture Books. 

The National Indie Excellence Book Awards® contest is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence of presentation.

“The judges for this competition are industry leaders that take their responsibility very seriously. We had the best pool of submissions ever and it was not easy because of the excellent books we received in every category this year. I am constantly thrilled at the outstanding work we’re seeing. Excellence is not easy to achieve and the book industry needs it more than ever…the NIEA salutes authors and publishers who make excellence a priority.” said Reid, president of the NIEA.

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April 26, 2011

Inspired by Savannah – Review

Filed under: Book Reviews — hayley @ 5:21 pm

5 stars out of 5

 What a great book, Fifo “50 States” is.  You follow a cute brown bear named Fifo as he travel from state to state learning about each state’s flower, bird, capital, tree and when it became a state.  This book is great for children who are beginning to learn about geography.  If they are having trouble remembering the state capitals or other facts about a given state, with the help of Hayley’s rhyming book, they will have fun learning about each of the 50 states.  I loved the illustrations in the book, as they seemed to capture all the important features of each state, including the actual drawing of how the state looks on the map and its abbreviation.  

I just can’t stop raving about this book and what an excellent teaching tool it is.  I remember when I was growing up and learning about geography and state facts they only had flash cards, which really weren’t fun to study and learn more.  But, now, with Fifo, “50 States,” your child will enjoy learning and want to share this book with their friends.  You will be surprised when they begin walking around the house and naming each state capital and sharing tidbits of information with you at the dining room table.  

And, this would make a great gift for children who love to pretend they are travels.  Or, if you are planning a cross country trip or trip down the coast this summer, why not pick up this book and prep your children with useful and fun facts about each state you will pass through.  You can make a game out of it.

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Booksnatchers – Review

Filed under: Book Reviews — hayley @ 4:11 pm

by 11-year-old Ladybug:

Hi, this is Ladybug. My sister, brother, and I just read an adventure state book with Fifo! We have learned a lot of things about most of the states like where our Great-Grandma lives in Arizona. We did not know that it was the 48th state and that the capital was Phoenix. So we read more about it.

After reading a few more pages, I myself felt smarter than ever! So I think, that when we travel this book just might come in handy to tell us which state has what wonderful things. Maybe our next family adventure will be to Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, or…New Jersey.

My little sister LittleOne liked finding things in the pictures as my brother and I switched back and forth reading. We read this book in the car on the way to school, at night before bed, and whenever we had the chance to read about one of the states. Since I am more into dogs than bears, I wish Fifo was a dog but oh well, the book was good and you should read it too.

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April 18, 2011

Mom’s Choice Awards Honors Fifo “50 States”

 The Mom’s Choice Awards® has named Fifo “50 States” from Inkwell Productions among the best in family-friendly products and services.

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) is an awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and other for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services.

An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, and librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, and others. A sampling of panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, creator of Baby Einstein and The Dunstan Baby Language; Patricia Rossi, host of NBC’s Manners Minute; Dr. Letitia S. Wright, D.C., host of the Wright Place(TM) TV Show; and Catherine Witcher, M.Ed., special needs expert and founder of Precision Education, Inc.

MCA judges are bound by a strict code of ethics which ensures expert and objective analysis free from any manufacturer association. The evaluation process uses a proprietary methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost.

The end result of the evaluation process is a list of the best in family-friendly media, products, and services that parents and educators can feel confident in using.

Fifo “50 states” is a colorful reference-like book, where Fifo discovers the wonders each state has to offer. He learns along the way each state’s capital, shape, flag, motto, and much, much more. The possibilities are endless!

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Stay tuned for more details!



April 14, 2011

Bluerose’s Heart – Review

Bluerose’s Heart‘s review

Apr 14, 11

Fifo “50 States”

status: Read in April, 2011

As a mom who hopes to homeschool, I’m thrilled to have Fifo “50 States” on our bookshelf!! There is just so much information in it, and there’s really something for all ages. I know it is mostly intended for ages 4-8, but I doubt most of us know all of the facts about each state. There’s a great deal that I don’t know, so it’s a great lesson for me, too.

Each state has its own two pages. On the left side is a poem that teaches the state’s number, capital, flower, tree, bird, and the state’s motto is at the bottom. The poem for each one is basically the same, except certain words are replaced for each state. You may or may not like this, but I loved that about it. I’m not a teacher, but it seems like it will make it easier to learn.
On the right page is a picture with all kinds of different highlights from that state, including the flag and a picture of the state. Of course, since each state has different things that make it stand out, all the pictures are very unique. I think it would be fun to let your child go on a “treasure hunt” in each picture and find all the different highlights of the state. For example, Pennsylvania has a groundhog and Hersheys kisses in its picture, along with lots of other items! This isn’t a book you would want to just read straight through.

The only somewhat complaint I have is that it is paperback. I would have preferred hardcover for this type of book, but I think it provides such a fun learning experience that I’d overlook the paperback part. :)

I just adored this book, and again, I’m so glad it is on our shelves. We will definitely make use of Fifo “50 States” when we start to study geography, whether we homeschool or not!

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