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The Picture Bool Buzz - Interview with Sophie Gilmore

I have the great pleasure to introduce you to another debut author/illustrator, Sophie Gilmore. Sophie is an author and illustrator now living in Pisa, Italy. While making this book, she was living on a houseboat in London, England, and like the beasts in this story, she is happiest around water. And just like her beasts, she has a wicked sense of humor. Her debut picture book, Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast, releases March 15th. Welcome Sophie, thank you for taking the time to visit with us.. ME: Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write/illustrate? How long have you been illustrating/writing? What is your favorite type of book to write or illustrate?) SOPHIE: Hello! I

Alaina Reaches for the Moon - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Encouraging curiosity about the world, nature, and why things happen and providing space for the messy experiments and creative endeavors necessary to find the answers is a fun part of the job for parents and teachers. This is a story for the child who's ever wonder how certain things (a prism, glass of water, or a crystal) can make a rainbow on their wall when the light is right. As well as those curious about the moon. Aliana Reaches for the Moon Author: Laura Roettiger Illustrator: Ariel Boroff Publisher: Eifrig Publishing, LLC (2019) Ages: Fiction Themes: Science, creativity, and STEAM Synopsis: Aliana loves observing everything in nature. When she notices how bright the light of the ful

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Laura Roettiger

Debut author, Laura Roettiger, claims her "superpower is encouraging curiosity in children and letting them know she believes in them." Which obviously worked, as her three children are all employed in STEM related professions. Her debut book Aliana Reaches for the Moon, releases tomorrow. Thank you Laura for stopping by to talk with us. 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?) LAURA: Over the course of my adult life, I have worn many hats including: mother, banker, commissioner of AYSO soccer, proofreader and editor for court documents, director of religious education

The Book Without a Story - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I couldn't help myself this week. I found two great picture books. So, I am doing two #PPBF posts this week. Ever find a book that you read over and over? Maybe so many times that it had to be taped together (or heaven forbid, a replacement found)? A book that you tried to sleep with, hugged to your chest, and cherished? Then this book is for you. Or, perhaps, could you be one who believes that everything talks? Someone who loved Toy Story and The Velveteen Rabbit. Maybe you believe that the books in the library are more magical than anyone else knows. Then this book is for you, too. The Book Without A Story Author/Illustrator: Carolina Rabei Publisher: Egmont (2019 in U.S.) Ages: 3 and up F

The Home Builders - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I love watching the birds and animals that frequent my yard. Last summer, year we were lucky to see babies of four woodpeckers (Pileated, Flicker, Downy, and Hairy), juncos, sparrows, wrens, and towhees. As for animals, we've heard baby coyotes learning to howl and occasionally seen fawns totter through. Most often we've watched baby rabbits and raccoons scramble around the yard. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), the majority of them do not make their homes in my yard; but pass through on their search for food. For this week's #PPBF post, I found a picture book which introduces young children to the varied and fascinating homes of eight animals. One that might encourage them to look abou

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Carolina Rabei

I get the privilege to introduce you all to a relatively new, upcoming author/illustrator "from across the pond," Carolina Rabei. Carolina loved drawing “ever since she was very small." She's spent eight years studying Fine Art, attaining a BA in Graphic Design in Moldova, and then achieving a distinction in Children’s Book Illustration at the prestigious Cambridge School of Art in 2015. She's illustrated a four book series for author Walter De La Mare. Her second book, as the author/illustrator, The Book Without a Story, released February 7th. Welcome Carolina, ME: Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write/illustrate? How long have you been writing/illustrating? What is your

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Varsha Bajaj

Varsha Bajaj's story began in Mumbai, India. The books she read as a child by Enid Blyton, Carolyn Keene, and Mark Twain sparked an interest to travel and explore these strange distant worlds she and her sister found in these books. Arriving in the U.S. for grad school, she felt welcomed by the Mississippi river, as if she'd found an old friend. (Check out her web page for more about Mark Twain and her biography). I'd like to introduce you to Varsha. In addition to her sweet picture books, she has written a MG novel set in Bollywood. This Tuesday, Varsha welcomes her third picture book, The Home Builders. Welcome Varsha, ME: Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write? How lon

Remarkably You - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Outgoing or shy, everyone has been on the outside looking in at some point; trying to figure out how they fit into the world, where their talents and interests lie, or how they can make a difference. It could be as a child discovering what activities they enjoy, a new graduate figuring out what to do next, or an adult changing careers or re-entering the workforce. Pat Zietlow Miller has done it again. Teaming up with Patrice Barton's lively and sweet illustrations, she's created a joyous celebration of children and their individuality. One that Kirkus called "a book that is sure to bring to mind Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go." Remarkably You Author: Pat Zietlow Miller Illustrator: Patr

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Pat Zietlow Miller

Pat Zietlow Miller took time from her busy spring - two book launches (one this month, one in March) to spend a little time visiting with me. Did you know that Pat "started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage"? Now, Pat successfully writes "insurance information by day" and amazing "children’s books by night." Boy aren't we glad she does! I have to admit she is one of my favorite picture book authors. And guess what? Her most recent picture book, Remarkably You, releases tomorrow! Welcome Pat! ME: Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write? How long have you been writing?) PAT: I feel like I’ve always wri

Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Growing up on Star Trek and Star Wars, I always wondered if there was life on other planets. And agreed with Carl Sagan (and Jodi Foster's character in Contact) that if there isn't other life, then there is an awful lot of wasted space. It's exciting when scientists find new planets, discover new facts about old favorites, and maybe, just possibly, find a planet that could support "life." But will that "life" be what we are used to, or something so amazing and fantastical that we can't even imagine it? Check out the science and the creative aspects of our search for life in space. Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet Author: Curtis Manley Illustrator: Jessica Lanan Publisher: Roar

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