7th Annual Becky's Hugs challenge - Sweet 16 edition (Feb. 2017)

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My daughter, Becky (BC screen name N-R-Jyzer), was killed on 30 August 2010 when she was struck by a car while riding her bicycle. She would have celebrated her 16th birthday next Valentine's Day. During each of the last six years, we have remembered her and celebrated her short life by releasing books in her memory. It has been extremely gratifying to see books being released around the world in her honor.

I would like to continue this release challenge again this year, to celebrate her "Sweet Sixteenth" birthday. The challenge will run the entire month of February 2017, but is especially focused on 14 February 2017. Any children's books would be appropriate for this release, but here is a list of theme ideas that would reflect Becky and her interests: She loved animals in general and particularly cats and horses. She enjoyed skiing, soccer, horseback riding and bicycling. She was a fan of Winnie-the-Pooh, Harry Potter, Disney Fairies, and the Magic Treehouse books. She had also just discovered the Beverly Cleary and Nancy Drew books during the last few months of her life. And because she was born on Valentine's day, books that are somehow related to the ideas of love, hearts, hugs, valentine's or her favorite colors (pink and red) would all also be appropriate.

Please indicate in release note or a journal entry that the book is being released in Becky's memory. If you could also include a link to the Becky's Hugs page ( http://www.BeckysHugs.com/ ), it would be greatly appreciated. If you are registering books specifically for this challenge, there are Becky's Hugs bookplates available from the supply store: https://goo.gl/bUWGDv and https://goo.gl/1e5bMz . You can also download printable labels (compatible with the Avery 5163/8163, 2 inch x 4 inch, 10 to a page format) here: http://www.bcindc.zoiks.org/---/remembering-becky

Any books released for this challenge will be appreciated (both wild and controlled releases are welcome). My personal goal will be to release at least one book every day during February, and 16 on Valentine's day to celebrate Becky's Sweet Sixteen.

If you have any questions, please post them here and I'll try to answer them. I'm looking forward to seeing the books released in February! When February rolls around, post links to your releases here as well. Thanks.


I'd be honored to participate in your release challenge next month.


wing6of8wing 2 yrs ago
Of course
you can count on me again -- I have had a growing stack in my place just for this occasion.


Will once again, be my honor...especially this Sweet Sixteen Edition. Been thinking about you and keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers, ResQgeek. ; ) XO


Yes, I'll start looking for appropriate books.


I'm happy to participate again.


You can also download printable labels (compatible with the Avery 5163/8163, 2 inch x 4 inch, 10 to a page format) here: http://www.bcindc.zoiks.org/---/remembering-becky

I was almost set to register my books, then found I'm a few Becky's Smiling Face : ) Book Store Purchased Bookplates short for my planned releases this time round, but I had a few unused Avery Shipping Label sheets available, so I decided to download and print one of yours to fill in the gap. It didn't come out (align) quite right though, and the second one I tried hasn't either. Both of the pages scrolled down a bit too far before they started actually printing on the label sheet, so the labels are off a bit more as you go down the page to the point where they aren't complete because the BCID Box prints onto the top of the next label down. I'm going to be creative and use them anyway by trimming them and then just writing the BCID on the book page, but I am wondering if there is a way to adjust the line it starts on, if it's my printer, or perhaps it's just because these newer label sheets purchased within the last year or two may have changed a bit. The number is listed as 18163 now (an extra "1" in front of the 8163 you have listed), but the package also says use Avery template 5163, so it's the same and only available 2 x 4 x 10 to a sheet label the stores here seem to have. I don't normally have to use a template (and don't have one), and just print right to the label sheet. Do you know if I am doing something incorrectly?


The file for the labels is a .pdf that was created using templates, but isn't *actually* a template anymore, but just a complete document. In my experience, alignment problems usually arise out of the settings on the printer or the printer driver. One setting that I've had trouble with is the "fit to page" setting. This should be disabled/turned off, or it will shrink the document slightly, which can cause mis-alignment (although your issue doesn't sound quite the same as this). My best suggestion is to check the settings in your printer dialog box to see if you can see anything that might be causing the problem.


One setting that I've had trouble with is the "fit to page" setting

Hmmmm...I do remember seeing a check mark on a box next to these words in the dialog box that came up on the printer/computer I was borrowing. I'll bet you are right on the money!!! ; ) I'll give it another try when I next have an opportunity to borrow, and let you know. Hopefully that will be soon, as I have a surprise in the works for Becky's Sweet 16, and need to get my "herd" "branded" and sent on their way. : ) THANK YOU, ResQgeek!!! : ) Have a great day!!! : )


Update to label alignment issue...unclicked "fit to page" box, and BINGO...problem resolved...THANK YOU AGAIN, ResQgeek...now it's off to the book registration races I go to get ready to go out of the "releasing gates" on time!!! ; D


Just sent off a bunch of my books for younger readers, but there must still be something around here..


1. If Wishes Were Horses (A Dutch Mill Stable Story) - Nancy Wright Grossman


2. Pony Express to the Rescue - Cameron Cook

Cover shows Pony Express Rider on a Horse...will try to scan and upload images for these books, as the images don't come up on the Bookseller Tab under Becky's Book Cover Smile. ; D

EDITED: Still working on this, but this one's done. ; )
[Ooops...hold on...editing lengthy wording on book details on this, and the other books in this 30 book series, which will be part of my "one a day" release goal for this challenge...and adding author names, as the registration process brought up "Harcourt School Publishers Trophies: Below Level Individual Reader Grade 3" for ALL the titles, and "Harcourt School Publishers" as authors for ALL of the books...arrrrg. ]


tomato68 2 yrs ago
Release 1


wing6of8wing 2 yrs ago
Release #1


1. Mary Had a Little Lamb (lamb on cover) by Author unknown

2. Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (dog on cover) by Betty MacDonald



wingResQgeekwing 2 yrs ago
Release #3


wingResQgeekwing 2 yrs ago
Release #4


wingResQgeekwing 2 yrs ago
Release #5


wingResQgeekwing 2 yrs ago
Release #6


wingResQgeekwing 2 yrs ago
Release #7
7. Charlotte's Web: New in the Barn http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13046901


wingResQgeekwing 2 yrs ago
Release #8
8. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12387635/


wingResQgeekwing 2 yrs ago
Release #9


wingResQgeekwing 2 yrs ago
Release #10
10. The Trumpet of the Swan http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13702785/



wingResQgeekwing 2 yrs ago
Release #13
13. Nancy Drew - The Secret of the Golden Pavilion http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13220458/



19, Is My Shirt Getting Smaller? http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14101279

20. Why Does It Have to Rain? http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14101278

21. Why is the Day All Gray? http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14101281


22. Who's Hiding? http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14101290

23. Winnie-the-Pooh and the Pebble Hunt http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14111260

24. Kittens Need Someone to Love http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13893544

25. Love Monster and the Perfect Present http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14111256

26. How Does Your Garden Grow? http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14101284

27. Pooh's Scavenger Hunt http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14120446

28. The Valentine Cat http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14316254

29. Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14338253


wingResQgeekwing 2 yrs ago
Release #30
30. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12387637/


wingResQgeekwing 2 yrs ago
Release #31


wingResQgeekwing 2 yrs ago
Release #32
32. Golden Prize and Other Stories about Horses http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3044872



Who said "Whoo"? http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14101293

What a great "HELLO" for you today!!! ; )
16 BIG {{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}} for you and yours!!! : )



3. Seen and Not Heard (cat on cover) by Katie May Green


Thanks for the opportunity to honor Becky's memory, ResQgeek!

1. Where's Hanuman? ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14363823/ ), wild release, photo.

2. The Zodiac Legacy #2: Power Lines ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14386029/ ), wild release, photo.


3. Ben M. Baglio's Animal Ark: Siamese in the Sun

Been releasing this years' books with a Bookmark size cut of white ribbon with a dark pink foil heart design that matches the color and design on the Becky's Hugs Bookplates I'm using. ; )


wingResQgeekwing 2 yrs ago
Release #33


Thank you jmsmom for sharing this post with me.

We are cleaning out our books so I will have a few more as I continue to label them.

1. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14387173/ Four Stores for Four Seasons
2. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14386002/ The Gingerbread Kid Goes to School
3. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14386015/ Best things about Christmas
4. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14386016/ Dear Mom Thank you with all of my Heart
5. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14386021/ Phineas and Ferb: Oh Christmas Tree
6. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14386024/ Racing with Nascar
7. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14386025/ The First Gift
8. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14387180?... The Book Report from the Black Lagoon
9. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14387181?... Scooby-Doo! A Haunted Halloween
10. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14387183?... Sleeping in a Sack
11. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14387185?... Donald Duck and the Magic Mailbox


4. Emu (emu on cover) by Claire Saxby


4. A Gold Rush Diary - Cynthia Benjamin


5. A Visit To The Doctor - Anne O'Brien


wingResQgeekwing 2 yrs ago
Release #34
34. Why Don't Things Fall Up? http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14101273


5. Daring to Dream (horse on cover) by Suzanne Weyn

6. Babymouse #6: Camp Babymouse (mouse on cover) by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm




3. Consider Love ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14386020/ ), wild release, photo.


7. I Love Valentine's Day! (dog on cover) by Hans Wilhelm


35. Nancy Drew: The Thirteenth Pearl http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13220469

36. Jill's Riding Club http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13726080


"Why Don't Things Fall Up?" has traveled to Peru! http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14101273



"Why Don't Things Fall Up?" has traveled to Peru! http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14101273

CONGRATULATIONS on your "traveling" CATCH, ResQgeek!!! : D Looks like it even spent some time in New York after DC!!! ; D


8. Off-Road Biking (bicycle on cover) (Adventurers) by Jeremy Evans


4. Samurai Kids #1: White Crane ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14074428/ ), wild release, photo.

5. Socrates in Love ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14339530/ ), wild release.


6. That's My Shot - Sandy Widen


7. Practice Makes Perfect - Polly Peterson


1 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14296650/ Pooh's New Clothes

2 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14246592/ Disney's Pooh's Early-to-Bed and Early-to-Rise Hum

3 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13259995/ The Wild Swans

4 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14296651/ Nancy Drew Mystery Stories: The Mystery at Lilac Inn



9. Clifford's First Valentine's Day (dog on cover) by Norman Bridwell


Controlled release

1. Philadelphia Chickens - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14383394

Wild releases with photos

2. Mr. Popper's Penguins - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14386242

3. Waddle! - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14389543


Wild release with photo

4. Goodnight Moon - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14386231


39. Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/2978072


10. Night Cry (horse on cover) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

11. Giraffes Can't Dance (giraffe on cover) by Giles Andreae


8. The Speech - Susan McCloskey




tomato68 2 yrs ago
Release 4
4. Moonlight on the Magic Flute http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14347003



12. I Know Opposites (elephant on cover) by Honey Bear Books

13. In the Forest: A Nature Trail Book (Nature Trails) (rabbit on cover) by Maurice Pledger


10. A Circle Story - Meish Goldish


11. Hello! - Alma Flor Ada


tomato68 2 yrs ago
Release 5


tomato68 2 yrs ago
Release 6


I've been saving some up after having a bit of a weed of my bookshelf, and there's a lantern festival that I'm going to tonight, seems like a good opportunity!

1. The Haters - Jesse Andrews
2. Inkheart - Cornelia Funke
3. Plons! - Martin Waddell
4. Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex - Eoin Colfer
5. Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox - Eoin Colfer
6. The 13-Storey Treehouse - Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
7. Hatchet - Gary Paulson
8. The Dewey Decimal System of Love - Josephine Carr
9. Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo


14. Pets (hamster on cover) by Valerie Greeley

15. My Perfect Pony (pony on cover) by Gabby Goldsack

16. Dora..Profondeurs Des Mers #2 (monkey on cover) by Robert Roper Christine



12. The Best Stunt of All - Alex Katich


13. Finding Your Way - Robert R. O'Brien


3. Counting Kisses http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14399293/
4. Daddy Hugs http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14399288/
both released at Becky's tree
5. The Monster Diaries http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14399336/
6. Junie B. Jones is Captain Field Day http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14399317/
7. Junie B. Jones, First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14399310/
8. Polar Bears Past Bedtime http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14399300/
9. Mummies in the Morning http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14399295/
10. Goldilocks and the Three Bears http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14324240/
11. Puppy Tales http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14290094/
12. Mick Harte Was Here http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14281735/
13. Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14258366/
14. NERDS: the cheerleaders of doom http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14220840/
15. T-backs, T-shirt, Coat, and Suit http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14189503/
16. Raise the Crane http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14189494/
17. Strong and True http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14189430/
18. Student Reader 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14189420/
19. Girl to the Core http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14105957/
20. Manatee Blues http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14189422/



17. Misty of Chincoteague (horse on cover) by Marguerite Henry

18. Vet Volunteers: Homeless (cat on cover) by Laurie Halse Anderson

19. Paul Revere's Ride (horse on cover) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

20. Goldilocks and the Three Bears (bear on cover) by Rochelle Larkin

21. Stormy, Misty's Foal (horse on cover) by Marguerite Henry

22. North Pole South Pole (polar bear on cover) by Nancy Smiler Levinson

23. Hot Fudge (Bunnicula and Friends, #2) (dog on cover) by James Howe

24. The Alphabet Book (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) (dog on ccover) by P.D. Eastman

25. Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger? (tiger on cover) by Betsy E. Snyder

26. The Best Horse (horse on cover) by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk



7. Henry and Mudge and the Best Day of All http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14388177
8. Barney and BJ Go to the Police Station http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14399823
9. Heather Hits her First Home Run http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14399826


controlled releases

5. One Crazy Summer - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14305080
6. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11879254


Each book had a yellow Ballycumber Travelling Book Sticker on the front, a bright PINK "Free Book" sticky note that I made, and a Bookmark size cut of white ribbon with a metallic PINK foil heart design that matches the PINK color and design on the Becky's Hugs Bookplates I'm using for my releases (see JE). ; ) I put each book in a plastic bag (I need to order more BC Release Bags when I order supplies today!) with a twist tie holding a length of RED curling ribbon, which I then turned into a loop, so I could hang each book by one of 16 fence posts across the long pasture fence. My sincere apologies for waking up the entire group of goats...at least a dozen, but it was too dark to tell, or get a picture, even with my headlights on. I didn't realize they spent the night in the pasture. They came running to the fence to "greet me", most likely thinking I had carrots to share. They snubbed me when realizing that I only had plastic and paper. ; ) Good thing I thought better of including the little milk chocolate crunch heart I had for each bag. I decided that putting food into the bags, especially chocolate, would not be a good idea. I didn't want any animals getting sick on it, and I didn't want the parents of the school children who will hopefully find the books on the way to and from school today to worry that something undesirable might be in the candy. Very sad one has to be concerned with such things these days.


14. A Pony In Trouble (Pony Pals #3) - Jeanne Betancourt

15. I Want a Pony (Pony Pals #1) - Jeanne Betancourt

16. Stolen Ponies (Pony Pals #20) - Jeanne Betancourt

17. The Winning Pony (Pony Pals #21 - Jeanne Betancourt

18. Western Pony (Pony Pals #22) - Jeanne Betancourt

19. Unlucky Pony (Pony Pals No. 24) - Jeanne Betancourt

20. Sheltie in Double Trouble (Pony Days) - Peter Clover

21. The Ghost Pony (Pony Pals Super Special #3) - Jeanne Betancourt

22. The Judge Is Seeing Double (A Dutch Mill Stable Story) - Nancy Wright Grossman

23. A Special Wish #2 (Magic Ponies) - Sue Bentley

24. Horse Diaries #4: Maestoso Petra - Jane Kendall

25. A True Test for Skye (Keystone Stables, No. 2) - Marsha Hubler

26. Vicki and the Black Horse - Sam Savitt

27. Felicity Saves The Day (American Girl) - Valerie Tripp

28. Rowdy's Big Day - Cindy Robertson Waters

29. The Pony Express (Landmark Books #7) - Samuel Hopkins Adams


My goal is 16 in person releases today, so these are numbered separately
SAD to report that I will not make my goal of 16 releases on Becky's birthday. I just didn't find as many kids as I had books, even after passing a few along to colleagues for their kids.

1. Be My Valentine, Peter Rabbit http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14388654/
2. Daddy's Hugs http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13892624/
3. I Love You With All My Hearts http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14388651/
4. Winnie-the-Pooh, The Grand and Wonderful Day http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14399286/
5. Little Brother http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14399322/
6. Unicorns of Balinor http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14399324
7.One Blue Shoe http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14364279/
8. I Love You Through and Through http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14388657/
9. Disney's The Original Story of Winnie-the-Pooh http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14388646/
10. Masks (Vet Volunteers) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14399307/
11. Valentine's Day: A Sparkle and Shimmer Book http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14388652/


1. Mockingbird, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14387131/
2. The Silly Goose,


27. Fox in the Frost (Animal Ark) (fox on cover) by Ben M. Baglio

28. Disney's The Little Mermaid (Disney's Wonderful World of Reading) (fish on cover) by Author unknown


(8 young dancers come of age at the Ailey School of Dance)
by Katherine Davis Fishman


"Stormy Misty's Foal" by Marguerite Henry


Trouble in Bugland, a collection of Inspector Mantis Mysteries.



6. Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14358528/ ), wild release, photo.


29. Amazing Horse Facts And Trivia (Amazing Facts & Trivia) (horse on cover) by Gary Mullen


5 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14296652/ Nancy Drew Mystery Stories: Nancy's Mysterious Letter

6 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14296653/ Nancy Drew Mystery Stories: The Secret of the Old Clock

7 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14296655/ Good as New

8 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469672/ Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II: 101 More Stories of Life, Love, and Learning

9 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14124981/ Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul: 101 Stories of Changes, Choices and Growing Up for Kids Ages 9-13

10 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13719267/ Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 2

11 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13259996 Robin's Country

12 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14296654/ Nancy Drew Mystery Stories: The Secret at Shadow Ranch

13 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14124984/ It's Valentine's Day

14 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14124985/ Strawberry Shortcake: The Valentine's Day Mix-Up

15 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14296658/ SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob's Secret Valentine

16 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14124990/ Silly Goose

17 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14124987/ Glasses for D.W.

18 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14296662/ Winnie-the-Pooh

19 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14296657/ The Sweetest Valentines


30. In The Classroom by Alma Flor Ada


31. The Best Stunt of All by Alex Katich (Duplicate Copy)

I've been able to get some of the Book Covers for this Series that I scanned to upload, so you can see not only the cover image now, but also the Ribbon Bookmark included in all of Becky's releases this year (to the left of the image). ; )


30. 2 (zebra on cover) by Piggy Toes Press (Publisher)


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