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In-Between Things - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

After interviewing Priscilla, I really looked forward to seeing where her head spun as she looked at the wires between her television and the wall. Throughout our lives we are often in-between things - middle kids between siblings, children between parents, stuck between friends, or like Priscilla caught between two cultures. If you have ever been in-between anyone or anything (between jobs, schools, or a rock and a hard place) you'll enjoy this book. I am in awe of the complexity and wackiness that Priscilla wrapped into this delightful book and her ability to do it with a rhyming text. In-Between Things Author/Illustrator: Priscilla Tey Publisher: Candlewick (2018) Ages: 4-8 Fiction Themes

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Priscilla Tey

A resident of Singapore, Priscilla Tey is a debut illustrator/author. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she loves woolgathering, writing stories, and being the architect of wonderful worlds that characters wander in. Priscilla keeps her sheep obsession at healthy levels and balances that off with her fascination with gnomes. She has a strange affinity for staircases and enjoys people watching. Her first picture book - In-Between Things - releases tomorrow. Happy Book Birthday! ME: Welcome Priscilla, tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write/illustrate? How long have you been writing/illustrating? What is your favorite type of book to write or illustrate

Scholarship Fund for Stuart Kirkfield

As many of you may know, our beloved friend, critique partner, cheerleader, and mentor Vivian Kirkfield lost her husband on May 5th. Stuart Kirkfield was an educator and financial guide to many, as well as a lifetime bamboo fly-fishing aficionado and author of “The Fine Bamboo Fly Rod: A Master’s Secrets of Restoration and Repair.” In addition to being a self-taught artisan, restoring fine bamboo fly rods and antique fountain pens, painting in watercolor and writing in calligraphy, he delighted in and supported Vivian as a children's author. Stuart was her sounding board for every single story before her critique partners saw it. He played a pretty big part in her burgeoning writing career.

Turtle Pond - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I feel very fortunate to have a greenbelt on two sides of my home. I get the privilege to observe and marvel at the diversity of wildlife that frequents my suburban neighborhood. From the occasional cougar (that's right, walked right behind my house one morning, last week), bobcats, and black bears. To the more common coyotes, raccoons, opossums, and deer. As well as the omnipresent squirrels and birds. There is always something happening. An ever-rotating picture of changing plants, various migratory birds, or new babies. James Gladstone's newest picture book celebrates the treasure of a turtle pond in a botanical garden near his house. Where he watched the seasonal changes to the plants an

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with James Gladstone

I have the privilege to introduce you to Canadian author James Gladstone. James lives in Toronto, Ontario. He is an editor and author of books for children, whose frequent visits to Allan Gardens in Toronto inspired Turtle Pond. ME: Welcome James. 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?) JAMES: I’ve only written picture books, so I guess that’s my favourite type of book to write! I started writing PB manuscripts about 10 years ago. When I had free time between other jobs as an editor (of school resources), I thought I’d apply some ideas that interested me to PBs. I write at home, mostly; sometim

Adventures to School - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The greatest books explore events and emotions that are universal. The experience of a snow day, frustration of uniformity, or friendship. A relationship with a grandparent, loss, and loneliness. Things that, though the actual names and experiences are different, resonate throughout all our lives. What about going to school? This is often an action that many kids take for granted or grudgingly accept. Except in certain areas, it is a universal experience of childhood. Though most children attend school, how they get there differs greatly. Many people ride a school bus, carpool, bike, or walk to school. But there are so many other ways to get to school. I've heard stories from my dad about h

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