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Renato and the Lion - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF Plus Giveaway

Sometimes, the littlest things spark memories. Looking at the illustrations in this book took me back to my honeymoon in Italy. My husband and Ispent a day wandering and admiring art throughout Florence. I distinctly remember many of the statutes, especially David, which Barbara includes in Renato and the Lion. Florence is a magical city that I want to re-visit someday. I hope you enjoy the beauty and magic that surrounds this city and emanates from this wonderful story. Renato and the Lion Author/Illustrator: Barbara DiLorenzo Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group (2017) Ages: 5-7 Fiction Themes: Art, friendship, history, family, and magic. Synopsis (From Barnes & Noble): The touching, ma

Upcoming Picture Books to Watch For

What a summer full of amazing picture book debuts and releases! Just check out all the great reviews on Susanna Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday blog ( Here's a few released from May to June reviewed on this blog: May I Have a Word by Carol Levis; The Crane Girl and Shawn Loves Sharks by Curtis Manley; Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus; Renato and the Lion by Barbara DiLorenzo; Pandora by Victoria Turnbull; and of course, 7 ate 9: The Untold Story by Tara Lazar. Tara's book was also featured by Vivian Kirkfield [], as was Long May She Wave by Kristen Fulton; 5 Little Ducks by Denise Fleming; and Lizzie and Lou Seal by Patricia

Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive

Though I normally review picture books, I couldn't pass up sharing this amazing book with you. In the current climate of "fake news" and the ever-present fake stories that abound on the internet, this book actively involves kids and adults in learning to determine which stories are true and which ones are false. Happy Book Birthday! Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive Authors: Ammi-Joan Paquette & Laurie Ann Thompson Illustrator: Lisa K Weber Publisher: Walden Pond Press (2017) Ages: 8 and up Nonfiction/Fiction Themes: Animals, truths, lies, curiosity, and skepticism. Synopsis (From Barnes & Noble): Two Truths and a Lie is the first book in a fascinating new series that presents some of the

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Laurie Ann Thompson

Although her recent book isn't a picture book, Laurie has written two picture books. The first is a nonfiction - Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah and the second is a sweet fiction for younger kids - My Dog is the Best. I really enjoyed both of these books. Laurie's newest book - Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive! (which releases Tuesday) is a fun way to learn/teach how to determine if a really good story is fact or fiction. Written for middle grade, the amazing tales and pictures will also appeal to upper elementary kids. Happy Book Birthday! Welcome Laurie! ME: Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write? How long have you been writing?) LAURIE: I’ve a

Pandora - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The cover of this book snagged me right away. It reminded me of a precious moment I once had with a wild bird, who trustingly perched on my finger and allowed me to carry it safely out of my garage. It was such an amazing moment. The image of the interaction between the fox and bird feels so tender, yet seems sad in the vacant space, surrounded by junk or "abandoned" items. The title was enticing as well, partly because of my immediate association with Greek myth of Pandora's Box. Fortunately, the stories aren't related. Pandora Author/ Illustrator: Victoria Turnbull Publisher: Clarion Books (2017) Ages: 4 - 8 Fiction Themes: Animals, caring, loneliness, and nature's resilience. Synopsis (fr

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Barbara DiLorenzo Plus Giveaway

It is my pleasure to introduce you to the debut picture book author and illustrator Barbara DiLorenzo. Her first picture book - Renato and the Lion - releases tomorrow on June 20th. Happy Book Birthday! Welcome Barbara, ME: Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write? How long have you been writing? How did you get started? What is your favorite type of book to write?) Barbara: As an author/illustrator, my writing sometimes develops through sketches. In the case of Renato and the Lion, the seed of the idea was a visual one. I drew many sketches of a boy and his lion (come to life from a statue) – but had not yet found their context with which to make a story. When I learned abo

Blue Sky White Stars - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

In the wake of the political and social climate that are country is currently experiencing, it is increasingly important that we come together as a nation. That we welcome and accept the differences that our "melting pot" heritage offers us. We're supposed to be "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL." Sometimes, I think we forget. We need to remember. This week, a beautiful picture book arrived to help remind us of what we could be as a nation. Blue Sky White Stars Author: Sarvinder Naberhaus Illustrator: Kadir Nelson Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers (2017) Fiction Themes: Patriotism, diversity, history, unity, and America. Synopsis (From Barnes & Noble)

The Picture Book Buzz- Interview with Sarvinder Naberhaus

Today I have the privilege of talking with Sarvinder Naberhaus, whose newest picture book Blue Sky White Stars releases this Tuesday, June 13th. Blue Sky White Stars is a tribute to the American flag and our diverse nation. Happy Book Birthday! Welcome Sarvinder - ME: Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write? How long have you been writing? How did you get started? What is your favorite type of book to write?) SARVINDER: I usually write in the mornings when my mind is fresh and I can think. I have been writing songs since I was in 3rd grade. When I decided to start writing for children about 15 years ago, I found a bunch of things on my computer that I had written here and

Bedtime for Batman - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PBBF

The sheer number of movies, books, comics, graphic novels, and action figurines indicate the affinity that so many kids, and adults, have for super heroes. I was equally excited about the book and depressed that I hadn't thought of it. This is a perfect book for kids of all ages who enjoy super heroes. but especially for the younger ones. Bedtime for Batman Author: Michael Dahl Illustrator: Ethen Beavers Publisher: Capstone Young Readers (2017) Ages: 4 to 7 Fiction Themes: Bedtime rituals, superhero, adventures, and comics. Synopsis: When a dark night comes to the big city, one little super hero prepares for a great adventure . . . bedtime! He dons his pajama uniform, speeds upstairs, cleans

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Sonja Anderson

This week, I am interviewing an author who, jointly with her husband, wrote a wonderful book on the history of Mount Rainier's Inns and Lodges. It releases tomorrow, just in time for Father's Day. This creation was more than merely an endeavor started from a curiosity about images around the lodge. It was a labor of love for a family who has enjoyed Mount Rainier for generations. Sonja also has a great Middle Grade novel series - Sophie, and many picture book projects. ME: Welcome Sonja, I am so glad you are here, Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write? How long have you been writing?) SONJA: I kept diaries as a kid, and even entered a writing contest in elementary schoo

May I Have A Word? - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Ever wonder how the letters on you fridge get all swirled around? Maybe they move on their own to spell words or fight over sounds. Having played with these fridge letters for hours with my younger siblings, I have a soft spot for this book. If you want some inside scoop about Caron Levis, check out my interview with her on May 22, 2017. Who hasn't had trouble learning to spell words with c and k, g and j, and c and s? Not to mention those crazy silent letters? English can be hard to learn. Caron and Andy have a riotously great time playing with this problem. Who knew fridge magnets had so much to say. May I Have A Word? Author: Caron Levis Illustrator: Andy Rash Publisher: Farrar, Straus an

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