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Playing Possum - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

CONGRATULATIONS! Kimberly McD You've won a copy of SOAKED! by Abi Cushman Now, back to today's #PPBF choice. I was immediately intrigued by the cover of this book when it was announced. Alfred and those overalls are so adorable. And since "playing possum" means feigning death, until a threat moves on, I was extremely curious to see how this idea was employed in a picture book. Jennifer Black Reinhardt masterfully created a story that can appeal to a broad range of children, and adults, since even the most outgoing and effervescent of personalities are sometimes shy. The gentle, sparse text and soft, expressive illustrations beautifully combine to create a special friendship story encouraging

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Sue Lowell Gallion & Review of Our World

Sue Lowell Gallion writes for children because she is passionate about children, reading, and any combination of the two! Sue lives in the Kansas City area with her black lab mix, Tucker, who likes to go on walks and hold hands. As a printer’s daughter, Sue grew up surrounded by the smells of paper and ink and the sound of printing presses. Sue and her sister, Nancy, liked to visit The Lowell Press, the family printing plant. They raided the plant gumball machine, gathered paper scraps to make paper dolls, and played with type and stamp pads. When they got a little older, they worked there, too. They stuffed envelopes, boxed books, and proofread endless pages of cattle pedigrees (with breaks

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Jennifer Black Reinhardt

Enjoy your imaginations, create, and celebrate your unique wonderfulness! ~ Jennifer Black Reinhardt Jennifer Black Reinhardt grew up in a cozy town in the mountains of Pennsylvania, surrounded by creative artists and quirky collections. Drawing from that inspiration, Jennifer graduated from Carnegie Mellon University where she received a degree in Illustration. Trading the mountains for the prairie, Jennifer now lives in Iowa City, Iowa. She happily works in a comfortably messy studio in her home. Jennifer is the author/illustrator of Blue Ethel (2017) and the illustrator of several other books for children including; Gondra’s Treasure, by Newbery award winning author Linda Sue Park (2019),

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Kathy Bostrom and Review of Will You Be Friends With Me?

Kathleen Long Bostrom has been an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1983 (now honorably retired). She and her husband, Greg, live in Carlsbad, California, where she writes full-time in an office looking out over a grove of eucalyptus trees. They have three grown children, all in the film business. Kathy enjoys reading, swimming, watching Rafael Nadal play tennis, and snuggling with her little empty-nest dog, Ellie. She is the author of over fifty books, most of them for children. Who is Jesus? was a finalist for the 2000 Gold Medallion Award, which is given to the outstanding books in Christian publishing, and What About Heaven? was nominated for the People's Choice Aw

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Abi Cushman & Giveaway

Abi Cushman is a debut author-illustrator. She has also worked as a web designer for over 15 years, creating websites for libraries, towns, and local businesses. She runs two popular websites of her own:, a pet rabbit care resource, and, which was named a Great Website for Kids by the American Library Association. In her spare time, Abi enjoys running, playing tennis, and eating nachos. (Yes, at the same time.) She lives on the Connecticut shoreline with her husband and two kids. Abi’s debut picture book, Soaked!, releases tomorrow! Welcome Abi, Thank you, Maria, for having me on your blog. I love reading about other authors and illustrators on here, so

The Picture Book Buzz - July Interview with STEAM Team 2020 members

Today I have the pleasure to introduce you to three authors from the STEAM Team 2020 with books releasing around July. I do hope you enjoy this look at some great books and fascinating creatives. "STEAM Team 2020 is a group of authors who have a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math books releasing in 2020. It includes fiction & nonfiction, trade or educational books.” Welcome everyone, 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? What drew you to STEAM books?...) Julie Rubini – Psychology: Why We Smile, Strive, and Sing (8/15/2020) - My writing journey began through my love of reading. I gre

The Picture Book Buzz - Soaring 20's Summer Releases

The Soaring 20’s High Flying Picture Book Debuts is a group of authors and illustrators hailing from California to New York (and Canada!), who’ve joined together to help promote their 2020 debut picture books. Be sure to visit their website to “discover picture book talent on the rise.” Their website includes “behind-the-scenes posts about how these books were made; resources for using these books in your classroom or library; places you can meet these talented authors and illustrators in person; and of course, GIVEAWAYS!” Welcome Everyone, ME: Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write or draw? How long have you been writing and/or illustrating? What is your favorite type of

Invent-A-Pet - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The last couple of years have seen an explosion in books for kids (and babies) on coding. Including delightful biographies on Grace Hopper and Dorothy Vaughan and fun books using coding to create sandcastles and plan a day at an amusement park. DK's even created workbooks on coding. The desire to specifically introduce girls to coding and programing spurred the creation of Girls Who Code - an organization for girls in 3rd-12th grade, determined to "to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does." For this week's #PPBF post, I'm bringing you the newest picture book on coding - Invent-A-Pet. By systematically determining the three inputs of a new machine, Katie humorously figure

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