Blooming Rose Blasts Off!


Book Title:  BLOOMING ROSE BLASTS OFF! by Lauren Piland
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Jan 10, 2023
Content Rating:  G for all kids.
Rose loves to write, draw, and play―but what happens when she has to face a project she’s never done before?! With encouragement from her best friend, Brady, and some brainstorming with Dad, does Rose’s rocket launcher project turn out to be less than stellar or out of this world?!


Blooming Rose Blasts Off is just the kind of book I would have loved as a child. One with a strong female lead who takes on a fun and exciting adventure.


Rose is a discouraged when a class assignment doesn’t interest her and feels like quitting before she even starts because building a rocket isn’t in her wheelhouse. With the encouragement of her family, and assistance from her dad, she not only finishes her project, but is happy and proud of her hard work.


I love how Rose’s family stands behind her and inspires her to use critical thinking. She shows the reader to persevere when things are difficult, and that practice leads to success. I also like the tone the narrator offers, addressing readers directly and prompting them with personal questions.


This book is sure to inspire young readers to keep on keeping on and that hard work pays off. The pages are sturdy, the illustrations are adorable, and the message is important. And don’t miss the note to teachers and parents in the back of the book where additional learning objectives and downloadable exercise bundles are offered.

First Line: Do you ever feel like giving up when something is difficult? 

Series: Blooming Rose Series

Genre: Children’s STEM

Author: Lauren Piland

Page Count: 38

Reading Age: 4-8


#CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions are 100% mine.





As a former second grade and elementary art teacher, Lauren Piland is a Louisiana native turned Texas homesteader who knows the importance of engaging read-alouds both in class and at home. After taking a step back from the classroom to raise her second child, she realized the gap some campuses face between the undersupported emotional struggles of students and the overwhelming responsibilities of teachers. “When we can use tools such as books and relatable characters to open up those more meaningful conversations, both at home and in the classroom, it aids in that process of peeling back layers of getting to know each other better and building trust,” says Piland. “Children need to feel seen, feel heard, and feel protected. And we do that by tapping into our emotions.”

Piland also wanted to further support teachers by including ready-to-use, curriculum-based exercises to go along with each book that focus on learning objectives such as reading comprehension strategies, vocabulary building and word mechanics exercises, writing prompts, whole group projects and STEM exercises with differentiated versions for students in Pre-K all the way to fourth grade.

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Creating Connections Through Storytelling

by Lauren Piland


The creative arts have been touching and inspiring humankind since the dawn of time. Heartbreakingly somber music. Delightfully artistic landscapes. Fashion forward statement wardrobes. Vivid & imaginative storytelling.  


And this especially rings true in our children’s stories, where whimsical lands and boisterous characters are par for the course. But beyond a fanciful story lies the true magic. The ability to dive into the minds of our children and meet them in their world. Where imagination meets reality. Where abstract meets concrete. Where emotions meet understanding. 


As a children’s author, I’m constantly striving to write stories that bridge that gap between the harshness of adulthood and the dreamy state of childhood to help guide our children through all the obstacles, life is surely to throw their way. When children can see themselves, feel themselves, and relate themselves to our characters is when they hear that these big feelings are ok. It’s when they see that rocky times can be navigated. And when they believe that they too can overcome anything. 


To help create those connections, I like to start and end my picture books with prompts. Our beginning prompts are meant to spark their curiosity and interest in the story itself, so that they can truly listen and comprehend what lies ahead. And our ending prompts are meant to build text to self-connections, reinforce story lessons and jumpstart conversations of sharing their experiences that relate to these concepts. 


Some sample prompts I like to use include: 

         Was there a time you felt this way??

         Do you remember a time where something similar happened to you?

         How did you feel when

         What did you like about this character? 

         What would you do in this situation? 

         What do you think might happen next?


Here’s to connecting, guiding and sharing the magic of storytelling with our kids.  



  1. And a shout out to our amazing illustrator Kristen Humphrey for this gorgeous cover!

  2. Thank you so much for your thoughtful review, Cheryl! And for the opportunity to share a guest post - I love talking all things picture books and cover design, so if anyone has any questions, I'm happy to share! Thanks again, Lauren

  3. Do you have any advice for new writers?

    1. My first piece of advice for new writers would be to think about your goals for writing/publishing, because there are many avenues to publication that can vary pretty widely, so knowing your intentions will help you decide what route might be the best fit to pursue for your book, whether it be traditional, self publishing or hybrid publishing!

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    1. My favorite splurge breakfast is any kind of pastry, but since I'm a native Louisianian living in Texas, anytime I can get my hands on a good king cake this time of year that's usually the top pick!

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    1. Since we live on a small farm, picking a favorite animal would be like picking a favorite child ;) But I am very fond of our low maintenance mamas - the chickens and cows

  6. When's the last time you were on a date?

  7. What is your favourite bag that you own?

  8. What did you make for dinner this evening?

  9. What did you make for breakfast this morning?

  10. Where do you want to go on vacation if you could go ANYWHERE in the world?

  11. Have you ever been out of the country?

  12. This sounds like a sweet and charming book.

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