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The Picture Book Buzz - Constance Van Hoven

Constance, “Connie,” Van Hoven grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota with six brothers, one sister, and plenty of dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and pigs. Actually, the horses, chickens and pigs were in Nebraska where she spent lots of time in the summer on her grandmother’s farm. Connie and her siblings explored—acres of pasture with bison wallows, barns, outbuildings, a one-room schoolhouse, and the country cemetery. Grammy had two rules and one piece of advice: be home in time for supper, close any gates you open, and if they got lost they should climb a hill to look for the windmill outside her house. And so, they took off each day with only imaginations to guide them. Connie married, raised thr

Dance Like a Leaf - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I loved spending time with my grandparents. Painting or hunting for shells and special rocks on the beach with my grandma or yelling at the football games and working in the woodshop with my grandpa. I still miss them, even though they've been gone for many years. But I still can't build anything or pick up seashells or a paintbrush without feeling they are there beside me watching and smiling. Perhaps this is why I was so attracted to this book. The love and sheer joy between the grandma and young girl just radiates off the cover. Unfortunately, this year may make this book very relevant to many people. It is a tender, beautiful tribute to a special intergenerational friendship and a celebr

The Picture Book Buzz - August Interview with STEAM Team Books Members

Today I have the pleasure to introduce you to five authors from the STEAM Team Books group with books releasing around August. [Note that STEAMTeam 2020 has changed their name to STEAMTeam Books.] 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?...) Linda Rose Zajac - The Unofficial Guide to Minecraft

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with AJ Irving

Today I get the privilege to feature AJ Irving. AJ grew up in Boise, Idaho, writing stories and daydreaming about becoming an author. Now, she writes picture books and poetry on her big back porch in a tiny town near Jackson, Wyoming. AJ reads kidlit every day and dances every chance she gets. As an author and former bookmobile librarian, AJ is passionate about inspiring children to read. Her debut picture book, Dance Like a Leaf, releases from Barefoot Books this Friday, August 21st. Welcome AJ, thank-you so much for stopping by to talk about your debut picture book and writing. ME: Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write? How long have you been writing? What is your favor

Huddle Up! Cuddle Up! - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Unless your child is one that mimics the 'Energizer Bunny' all day, crashes face first into their meal, and sleeps all night, chances are bedtime (routine or not) has at times meant struggles. The pleas for one more story, one more glass of water, one more hug, one more check for monsters ring through many houses at bedtime. Bethany Hegedus and Michael Deas team up on a humorous picture book which makes an end run around the struggle, shakes things up, and provides a field goal of a bedtime book. Huddle Up! Cuddle Up! Author: Bethany Hegedus Illustrator: Michael Deas Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (2020) Ages: 3-7 Fiction Themes: Bedtime, football, humor, and family time. Synopsis

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