The Picture Book Buzz

April 23, 2020

Besides the increased stress of not understanding the reasons & requirements for the "shelter-at-home" orders and their parent's anxiety, one big fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic is the loss of friends and family. It is highly likely that many will be touched, either immediately or remo...

November 1, 2019

It is amazing how much a simple action - like a smile, holding a door for someone, or letting them go ahead of you in the grocery line (especially when they have fewer items than you) - can change someone's day. Every day, we have the opportunity to make a difference in another person's l...

September 20, 2019

When I was younger my grandmother and I spent hours on the beach looking for interesting rocks, shells, and sand dollars. It's no wonder I have what some may call an exploding collection of shells from around the world. Abalone from Japan, Limpets from Scotland, Conchs from the Cayman Isl...

September 13, 2019

It's interesting how perspective changes things. Those paper brick building blocks that seemed gigantic when you're a two-year-old and that English sheepdog that was the size of a bear are all a lot smaller when you look at them as an adult. And a simple stick can be a plant support to a...

July 22, 2019

Hooray! Are you all in for a treat!

Today, I get the privilege of interviewing amazing Susanna Leonard Hill.

Susanna Leonard Hill is and award-winning author of twenty books for children, includingPunxsutawney Phyllis (A Book List Children's Pick and Amelia Bloomer Project choice)...

June 21, 2019

You know you've found a treasure, when a story resonates deep within your heart.

Over the years, I've lost pets and dearly loved family members and friends. The strangest things will trigger memories, both happy and sad. But as time passes, the grief slowly eases a bit.

When we lost our bel...

March 22, 2019

Learning to handle negative emotions can be a lifetime challenge for some of us. It is even harder for kids who have less experience and coping skills. Where everything is so intense, immediate, and important.

Providing kids with the skills to understand and cope with these emotions c...

March 15, 2019

Living in the Pacific Northwest, I enjoy hiking and camping. On these trips, I am regularly treated to glimpses of animals going about their routines. Or, as some of you know, I just stay home and photograph the numerous birds, bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, opossums, deer, and black bears a...

October 5, 2018

Part of my family immigrated from Lebanon. While I've personally never been a true immigrant, my father was in the Amy. We moved every couple of years. Sometimes it felt ( as a small child) like moving to another country. There were major differences between the speech and traditions of t...

July 20, 2018

This week's #PPBF choice delves into discrimination and diversity while teaching about the concept of colors.

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