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The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Jennifer Swanson

Who hasn't dreamed of being an astronaut, exploring the vast solar system? What about exploring or probing the vast depths of our oceans? I have a surprise today. The amazing Nonfiction writer, Jennifer Swanson, has a book that compares these two scientific fields. Although Jennifer Swanson's newest nonfiction book, through National Geographic Kids (NGKids), is an amazing nonfiction look at the interconnection of space and the sea, aimed at eight to twelve-year-olds, the photos, illustrations, and experiments are stunning and will captivate kids of all ages. This one included. Jennifer is the award-winning author of over 25 nonfiction and fiction books for children. Her books in the “How Thi

Vincent Comes Home - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

At some point in their life, I imagine everyone's wondered what "home" meant. Was it wherever their things were? Where they were born? Wherever a special someone lived with them (parent, pet, significant other)? Or is there an indefinable something that makes a place a home? Vincent the cat, faces this struggle to define and figure out what "home" means. Vincent Comes Home Author: Jessixa Bagley Illustrator: Aaron Bagley Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (2018) Ages: 4-6 Fiction Themes: Finding one's home, boats, cats, and travel. Synopsis (from book jacket): Vincent lives on a cargo ship. Life is good - fresh fish to eat and seagulls to chase all day long. At night he stares at the stars that

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Jessixa & Aaron Bagley

Today, I get the privilege of talking with the husband and wife Bagley team, Jessixa and Aaron, who created the lovely and poignant Vincent Comes Home. While you probably know Jessixa from as the author/illustrator of Laundry Day, Before I Leave, and Boats for Papa (winner of the 2016 SCBWI Golden Kite Award for best picture book text), this is Aaron's debut in Kidlit. He is the illustrator of Rocking Fatherhood: The Dad-to-Be's Guide to Staying Cool. Be sure to check out Jessixa's earlier visit with the Picture Book Buzz last year, where she talked about her dreams coming true, HERE. Without further ado, here's Jessixa & Aaron: ME: Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write/i

Valentiny Contest Entry: Valentine Move

Here is my entry for Susanna Hill's - 3rd Annual Pretty Much World Famous Valentiny Writing Contest!!! Here are the rules for the contest: Write a Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words in which someone is hopeful! Your someone can hope for something good or something bad. Your story can be poetry or prose, sweet, funny, surprising or anything in between. VALENTINE MOVE (214 words) “It’s not fair!” Mina punched her pillow. “I’d just made friends. Why’d we have to move, again?” Boris wagged his tail. “Why now? Two weeks before Valentines’ Day.” Boris laid in her lap and licked her nose. Mina pouted and growled and stomped all

Wide-Awake Bear - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Who hasn't had (or been) a child that couldn't sleep, worried about shadows or creaky noises? A child who needed one more story or one more drink of water? What happens when a little bear is told he must sleep until spring? Pat Zietlow Miller (Sophie's Squash) has done it again. She's created a delightful story of a little bear unable to fall asleep. Wide-Awake Bear Author: Pat Zietlow Miller Illustrator: Jean Kim Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers (2018) Ages: 4-8 years Fiction Themes: Bedtime, nature, hibernation, and fear of the dark. Synopsis (from Harper Collins): The adorable, relatable bedtime story of a baby bear who can’t fall asleep, from the award-winning author of Sophie’s Sq

How to Grow a Dinosaur - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Have a new sibling arriving soon? Perhaps a kid who loves dinosaurs? Or just absolutely adore "How to . . ." picture books. Have I got a book for you today! Jill Esbaum (I am Cow, Hear Me Moo!) and Mike Boldt (I Don't Want to be a Frog) have combined to create a hysterical romp through the trials and joys of "growing" a sibling. The perfect book to share with a young child who has (or is about to) become a big sister or brother. How to Grow a Dinosaur Author: Jill Esbaum Illustrator: Mike Boldt Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group (2018) Ages: 2-5 Fiction Themes: New siblings, dinosaurs, and family Synopsis (from Barnes & Noble): Big brother dinosaur can't wait to teach the new baby everyt

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