Kid Lit Author and Advocate


My name is Michelle Eastman. I am a children’s author, teacher, and mom who is passionate about children’s literacy and the power of picture books.

I am the author of two children’s books, The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy’s Tale, and Dust Fairy Tales: Absolutely Aggie. Books are available at,, and Ingram distributors worldwide. Personalized books are available on my website

Working with children, and my passion for picture books, inspired me to found the literacy initiative Picture Book Pass it On (PBPiO), to get free books to kids in need.

Every March, I host a special book drive called MARCHing Books to Kids. Although the drive is in March, you can donate books anytime.

We collect books for the VNS of Iowa Storybook Project, serving children of incarcerated parents.
Each month, VNS of Iowa volunteers record incarcerated moms reading selected books aloud. Each participating inmate’s child receives his/her mom’s recording and the book to keep. The mothers may select new books each month.

After you donate, please share at and tag a friend and challenge her/him to “MARCH” it on with their own donation. #MARCHingBookstoKids

You can mail (please ship via “media mail” to avoid damage to the package) here:

VNS of Iowa, Storybook Project
c/o Tabby Kuehl (please label MARCHing Books to Kids)
1111 9th Street Suite 320
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

Learn more about how the books you donate help incarcerated moms connect with their children here:…/volunteer-to-help-chi…/default.aspx/


In addition to MARCHing Books to Kids, I celebrate the power of picture books year-round, with the Picture Book Pass it On challenge. #PBPiO challenges others to get books to kids in need by creating their own grassroots movements.

I hope you will join Picture Book Pass it On by accepting 3 calls to action:

Join in the fun! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

#1 Pledge to donate a new or gently used picture book/s to a children’s charity in your area.

#2 Post your pledge on our Facebook page. Share it on your blog and on social media. Please include our badge and #PBPiO

#3 Pass it on. When you post about your pledge, challenge one or more friends to join your #PBPiO giving chain. Encourage them to take the pledge and keep passing it on…

Please share your giving stories on this page. We love to see how books are reaching kids all over the globe.


16 Comment(s)

  1. Mariam aka Mimi

    October 7, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I Michelle!!
    I am running the Book Blog awards this year and wanted to let you know nominations have been extended and are now open until october 12th. I would recommend your blog for the children’s category. There are 13 awards up for grabs. You may nominate your own blog or ask your readers to nominate you. Readers vote on November 15th.

    Please leave a comment on my blog or tweet me @emancipatedmimi to get the badge to add to your site. You may use it to encourage your readers to vote for your blog on Nov 15th. The awards are intended to be fun and exciting, and get your blog some exposure as well. Hope you will join =) I’m usually on twitter so tweet me anytime with questions or comments =)

    official announcement video:
    NOMINATE here:
    VOTE HERE on Nov 15:


    • Michelle R. Eastman

      October 7, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      Hi Mariam. I think what you have created with the recognition awards is fabulous. I am happy to participate. I love the idea of recognizing and encouraging others in the book blogging community. I just started an experimental project where I post a “Cyber-Samaritan Shout-Out” each week. The shout-out is intended to thank and recognize the many individuals who have helped me on my journey to self-publishing my first children’s picture book. I’ll post my first official shout out tomorrow. Here’s a link to the original post
      Thanks again for reaching out, and I wish you joy in all of your endeavors.



      • Mariam aka Mimi

        October 8, 2014 at 2:10 am

        thank you so much for your kind words michelle!! happy to have you!! I think the cyber Samaritan shout out is a great idea I will drop by tomorrow to check it out and share it on my social media — facebook and twitter =) feel free to add me @emancipatedmimi on twitter and facebook: =)


      • Mariam aka Mimi

        October 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm

        what is your email, Michelle so I can send you your nomination badge?


  2. Michelle R. Eastman

    October 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I am at dmeastman at msn dot com

    Thank you!


  3. jdtcreates

    October 15, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Hello! I just wanted to say that I’ve nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. Why? Well, that’s because I like reading your blog. I’m preparing for my own attempts at children’s book publishing myself. Here’s the post if you wish to see:


    • Michelle R. Eastman

      October 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Hi there! Wow! Thanks for reading and nominating my blog (you were one of the very first people to follow my blog). I popped over to take a quick look, and the spreading the love site and concept are awesome. I am all for “spreading the love”. I’ll be able to take a deeper look at it this weekend. Thanks again, and my best to you as you begin your publishing adventure. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions. I am always happy to help.

      Take care,

      Liked by 1 person

  4. plmstudio - pictures books for childrens

    October 27, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Great work !!!
    Could you take a quick look to our pictures books for children’s.
    A new world for kids with miniatures only and real photographs.


  5. TvKapherr, CatsattheBar & BackHomeinBromont

    November 9, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    I love that one of my main stars is named Dust Bunny. (He’s also my avatar) I look forward to reading more of your work. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. jjspina

    November 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    What an adorable book and cute idea! Best wishes with it! Illustrations are beautiful too!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Opinionated Man

    February 17, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Hi Michelle,

    You once shared your blog and book with us on my blog. I wanted to drop by to share this new book promotion I am running on my new self-hosted blog if you are interested. If you aren’t feel free and remove this comment. Thanks! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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