The Picture Book Buzz

August 9, 2019

It's so easy, even for the most outgoing person, to occasionally feel invisible. Like no one sees them. Tough enough when you're an adult, excruciating when you're a child. With no freedom or ability to change your circumstances. It can be as simple as never having the ball passed to you...

August 7, 2019

I hope you all see Jerry.

Remember to – "See what others don’t see.

See what others choose not to see."

                                            ~ Adam Wallace, quoting Patch Ada...

August 5, 2019

I love being able to make something

that moves,

inspires, brings joy

and wonder to someone else ~ Giuseppe Poli

Today, I'd like to introduce you to a very special author/illustrator from Australia, who I'm honored to call a friend.

From a very young age, Giuseppe Poli loved solving prob...

July 20, 2019

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Slice of moon cake, anyone?

 © Javier Jaén

Before we get into this post, let me recommend that you check out the Google doodle and the narrated story by Mike Collins, the perhaps often overlooked astronaut, who remained in orbit s...

July 12, 2019

Has anyone noticed the uproar over having a diverse Ariel. I can't remember any such commotion for one of my favorite films - Cinderella. This amazing 1997 musical starred Brandy (Cinderella), Whitney Houston (Fairy Godmother), Whoopi Goldberg (Queen), & Paolo Montalbán (Prince). We didn'...

July 9, 2019

Due to technical issues, this is going to be a busy week for posts. But I was so excited when Katy Hudson agreed to an interview. I have loved her picture books, since I discovered Too Many Carrots three years ago

Katy was raised in Middlesbrough, UK and started her Illustration career a...

July 8, 2019

Growing up, Ashley Franklin initially aspired to be a doctor, journalist, and cartoon character. As you can see, those didn’t quite work out. However, she always loved writing, so Ashley received her M.A. from the University of Delaware in English Literature.

Since education has always be...

July 5, 2019

I was so intrigued by this cover and the unsusual title, when I first saw it's announcement, I couldn't wait to read it.

It is a perfect book for the beginning (and all too soon ending) of summer and all the changes that these moments bring. Friends gone on vacation or moving away, ne...

November 7, 2017

If you know me, or have looked around my website, you'll guess that I love spending time outdoors. I have hiked, camped, and explored most of the National Parks in the western U.S. Many of my favorite, and not so favorite (leaking tent camper and a long gravel road), memories occurred whe...

April 17, 2017

Today, I have the fun privilege of interviewing a friend and fellow Washington writer, Gretchen McLellan. Her debut picture book, Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3, involves the range of feelings experienced by children at the end of the school year. Her book was reviewed by Vivian Kirkfield on he...

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