The Picture Book Buzz

April 10, 2020

It is so relaxing to lie on my back and watch the clouds drift and spiral past. Years of finding shapes replaced with deep breathing exercises and attempts to clear my mind (and emotions). I'm finding this particularly helpful these days. Precious, stolen moments to let wishes and dreams...

April 6, 2020

"Research is the most exciting and challenging part of my job."

~ Suzanne Slade

Suzanne Slade is the award-winning author of more than 140 books for children.

As a mechanical engineer who used to work on rockets, Suzanne shares her passion for science in many of her books. Such as A Com...

April 3, 2020

As promised, here's a sneak peek at June Smalls' book, which releases May 26th.

Knowing how much I love animals and nature; it is probably no surprise that I immediately fell in love with this cover when the book was announced. The power, grace, and emotion of the elephant matriarch is pal...

March 27, 2020

I remember when our neighborhood was being built. My kids were little and one of our fun activities was go "peeking" and watch as the rough outlines became houses. We'd try to guess which rooms would be where. It was a lot of fun to see the wiring and plumbing that ordinarily hides behind...

March 23, 2020

“I’ve always maintained that more can be said or felt

in eight or 10 lines than sometimes in an entire novel.”

~ Lee Bennett Hopkins

The award-winning poet and anthologist, Lee Bennett Hopkins, published more than 100 anthologies of poetry for children over a half-century. He considered it h...

March 2, 2020

I love talking with kids of all ages!

~ Maria Gianferrari

Maria Gianferrari is a picture book reading/writing, tea-drinking, dog-loving, birdwatching resident of Virginia who writes both fiction and nonfiction books.

A dog lover, she’s the author of five fiction picture books, including the ...

February 21, 2020

It is both an important acknowledgement and a horror that the International Olympic Committee created a Refugee Olympic Team in 2015 for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

A special opportunity to acknowledge the athletes and their commitment to training and striving to be their best, despite...

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 16, 2019

Poetry provides a wonderful vehicle to make inferences,

 determine themes, and cite textual evidence in complex,

yet manageable texts. ~ Michelle Schaub

Michelle Schaub is an award-winning children's author. Her children's poetry collection, Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day At The Farmers' Market,...

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