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The Picture Book Buzz - Miranda Paul Plus an AMAZING 4 Book Giveaway

Today I have the enormous pleasure to host Miranda Paul. I have admired her writing and books since she first published One Plastic Bag. And thanks to the generosity of little bee books, there are four books to be given away (details below). Miranda, Thank-you so much for stopping by to talk about your newest books and writing. Thanks for having me. ME: Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write? How long have you been writing? What is your favorite type of book to write?) MIRANDA: I write everywhere and at any time of day. But I do have a studio office, called my Underground Lair, and my best working hours are between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm when the house is quiet (except for th

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Duncan Tonatiuh

Let's start with a bit of good news. The winner of APPLESAUCE DAY by Lisa Amstutz is: Linda Hofke Now onto today's post. I was privileged to meet my next guest at a retreat last summer. In addition to providing amazing critiques, he shared with the group his journey, unique illustration style, and tantalizing glimpses into his works in progress and his Mixtec codex. I hope you enjoy a similar peek into the writing world of Duncan Tonatiuh. Duncan is the award-winning author and illustrator of both nonfiction and fiction picture books. He has written and illustrated six books - Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation, Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of

Applesauce Day - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF Plus a Giveaway

Growing up an army brat, my family moved a lot. When we finally settled in Washington State, I can remember my mother diving into food preservation. We canned pounds of fruit, made applesauce, picked and froze fresh vegetables, and made tons of pies. I fell in love with the cover of this book, the instant I saw it. I have so many fond memories of grinding apples for sauce with my mother, grandmother, brother, and sister. Applesauce Day Author: Lisa Amstutz Illustrator: Talitha Shipman Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (2017) Ages: 4-8 Fiction Themes: Family (inter-generational), seasons, cooking, science, and food production. Synopsis (From Publisher): Maria and her family visit an apple

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview With Lisa Amstutz PLUS Giveaway.

First, a minor bit of housekeeping. The winner of TEA WITH OLIVER is: Judy Sobanski Some of my fondest memories revolve around time spent with my mother and grandmother in the kitchen canning fruits and making applesauce. Later I discovered the joy of freezer jam and spent many years filling a freezer with jams, much to the delight of my husband and kids. Today, I have the great pleasure to introduce you to my friend and amazing writer, Lisa Amstutz. She has written in a range of genres that spans from picture books to adult and been published in both the trade and educational markets. Her first trade picture book is a delightful story about a multi-generational family making applesauce. Lis

Tea With Oliver - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF Plus a Giveaway

Starting up a new friendship can be a struggle. An overture of friendship can be mistaken, seen as aloof (if you're an introvert) or overly aggressive (if an extrovert). But, when you take the time to listen and accept the differences in others, you make some amazing friendships. Tea With Oliver Author Illustrator: Mika Song Publisher: Harper Collins Publishing (2017) Ages: 4-8 Fiction Themes: Friendship, persistence, & tea party surprises. Synopsis (from Barnes & Noble): Filled with humor and heart and brought to life with gorgeous watercolor and ink illustrations, debut author-illustrator Mika Song shows readers how friends can come in all shapes and sizes and be found in the most unexpec

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Mika Song Plus a Giveaway

Today, I get the privilege to talk with an illustrator/author who debuted as a picture book illustrator for two books which came earlier this year and is now welcoming her own debut picture book Tea with Oliver which releases TOMORROW - August 8th. HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY! Mika, Thank-you for stopping by to talk about your debut book and writing/illustrating. Hi, Maria. Thanks for having me. Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write? How long have you been writing? What is your favorite type of book to write or illustrate?) I’m pretty new to children’s books and writing. I used to make mini comics while I worked as an animator for a children’s educational website. I self-publishe

Cap'n Rex & His Clever Crew - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF Plus a Giveaway

Who doesn't like dinosaurs? Or Pirates? What about Dinosaur Space Pirates? Too much . . . well then you'll be glad to know this book is just about Dinosaur Pirates. Cap'n Rex & His Clever Crew Author: Henry Herz Illustrator: Benjamin Schipper Publisher: Sterling Children's Books (2017) Ages: 4 and up Fiction Themes: Dinosaurs, pirates, creativity, and problem solving. Synopsis (from Barnes & Noble): Shiver me timbers! It's the DINOSAUR PIRATES! Meet Captain Rex and his band of buccaneers. These dinosaur pirates sail the seven seas in search of buried treasure, but whenever they hit an obstacle—like a giant shark or pea-soup fog—the crew members are quick to say they can’t overcome. To this,

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