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The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Rina Singh and Review of 111 Trees: How One Village Celebrate

Rina Singh was born and grew up in a small town in India, which didn’t even have a public library. As an adult, she moved to Montreal, Canada and earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Concordia University and a teaching degree from McGill University. Rina fell in love with picture books and wanted to write her own for children. She moved to Toronto to teach art, drama and writing to children and started to write her own books. In 2016, she stopped teaching to devote herself to writing. Rina is the author of 14 children’s books including – Grandmother School (May 2020), A Meeting in the Sky (2019), Diwali Lights (2018), Holi Colors (2018), and My First Book of Hindi Words: An ABC Rhyming Book

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Ben Hatke

Ben Hatke is an artist, writer, and comics creator. He learned painting through studying the Italian Masters and by training at the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence. He lives and works in Front Royal, Virginia with his lovely wife and growing family. Ben loves swords and whistles and juggling and adventures. Breakfast is his favorite meal of the day. Ben’s the Eisner Award winning author/illustrator of Early Reader, Little Robot (2015), and the author/illustrator of picture books - Nobody Likes a Goblin (2016), Julia’s House for Lost Creatures (2014), and graphic novels – Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl (2019), Mighty Jack and the Goblin King (2017), Mighty Jack (2016), The Return of Zit

Night Wishes - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Monday I had the privilege of interviewing seven of the poets featured in Lee Bennet Hopkin's most recent picture book anthology - Night Wishes. Today, I get to introduce you to this stunningly written and illustrated sweet bedtime book, full of wonder. Night Wishes Editor: Lee Bennet Hopkins Illustrator: Jen Corace Publisher: Eerdmans Publishing Co. (2020) Ages: 4-8 Fiction Themes: Poetry, bedtime, wishes, and dreams. Synopsis: How would a clock, nightlight, or teddy bear say good night? In this enchanting poetry collection, Lee Bennett Hopkins and thirteen other poets imagine the wishes whispering through a young girl’s bedroom as she falls asleep. The bookshelf’s stories curl through her

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Linda Marshall and Review of Anne Frank: The Girl Heard Aroun

Linda (Elovitz) Marshall has been an early childhood educator, studied Cultural Anthropology, owned her own bookstore, done freelance writing and ghost writing, and raised four children and a small flock of sheep. She’s the author of 16 books, 5 of which released this year. - Saving The Countryside: The Story of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit (January), Shalom Bayit: A Peaceful Home (March), Have You Ever Zeen a Ziz? (April), and The Polio Pioneer: Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine (August) To learn some more basic information about Linda and a few of her books, see our interviews (here) and (here). Her newest nonfiction picture book, Anne Frank: The Girl Heard Around the World, released

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