A Crown for Rory

So excited to enter the Spring Fling Kid Lit Contest hosted by Ciara O’Neal and Kaitlyn Sanchez. I hope you enjoy my entry.


The festival of flowers is today. HOORAY!

Before the parade starts, Rory and his little sister Maya get their face painted with matching rainbows on their cheeks. Maya buys an orange flower crown and Rory gets a wand.


Rory and Maya wave at flower princesses, each one on brightly adorned floats.

Princess Daisy rides on a float of white and yellow daisies. She blows kisses at the crowd.

A float of red, pink, and purple roses carries Princess Rose. Maya cheers for her the loudest.

Princess Pansy dances as she passes by. Rory wiggles and jiggles with her, too.

A marching band approaches.


The Flower Queen is coming!

“I want to be the May queen someday,” Rory says. “And be beautiful like her.”

Maya takes off her crown and places it on top of her brother’s head.

“You already are, Rory.”

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5 comments on “A Crown for Rory
  1. Awww, this is so sweet, and I love that Rory’s sister not only accepts him for who he is, but helps him be who he wants to be. Thank you so much for sharing this powerful story with us for the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest!

  2. Eveleen Smit says:

    I like that the events would pair beautifully with illustrations. And the siblings are supportive of each other!

  3. Lori Sheroan says:

    Maya and Rory demonstrate sibling love and support! I can picture each scene!

  4. Sweet story. I love that Maya helped her brother feel special. Good luck!

  5. Laurie Carmody says:

    What a sweet story! I loved your descriptions of the flower-themed floats, and the kindness that Maya has for her brother. Good luck!

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