The Picture Book Buzz

March 31, 2017

Who hasn't heard, or heaven forbid, remembers saying "I'm bored." What's your record? - The second day of summer vacation? The afternoon of Christmas? Maybe day one of Spring Break? It's a quintessential "call" of childhood. Usually a preamble to begging to go somewhere, or do something,...

March 27, 2017

Today, I am super excited to have Jessixa Bagley stop by to talk about her new book Laundry Day and share with us a bit about herselfOn her website, Jessixa says - "Follow your dreams, kids! It's not just an empty saying."  She should know, her dreams came true. 

Hello Jessixa,


March 24, 2017

I enjoy many aspects of Japanese culture and their traditions, having visited the country a number of times. I am familiar with this folktale of a shape shifting crane and I was immediately captivated by the cover and Curtis Manley's description of the book during a local SCBWI PAL event....

March 20, 2017

I was immediately enthralled by the cover of The Crane Girl, published February 1, 2017. Knowing the basic tale, because my son works in Japan and has shared a number of the folktales with me, I was excited to read Curtis Manley's retelling. Especially after Kirkus gave it a starred revie...

March 17, 2017

Killing time in my bookstore, the children's department manager hurried over, grinning broadly, and asked if I had seen this book. I fell in love with it immediately. It reminded me of the cartoons created when NASA sent the Rover to Mars.  As the rover scanned the planet, Martians hiding...

March 10, 2017

Trecking trough a blustery, torrentially rainy day, I fought my way to Nina Laden's book launch.  After I dried out, it was a lot of fun. Surrounded by family, neighbors, and friends, Nina shared the origin and journey of this beautiful book.  How it started with a song she sang around th...

March 6, 2017

I am fortunate today to have debut picture book author Jessica Petersen come by and share with us some insight on her process of photo illustrations and a bit about herself.

Her picture book, Old Tracks, New Tricks, released last week. Kirkus describes it as "A jaunty rhyme and inventive t...

March 3, 2017

The cover initially drew me to this book. Who can resist the maple syrup running over the French toast? The love on the faces of the girl and her grandma was so captivating, I had to see what it was about.  This is one of those books where the illustrations and text remained with me long...

March 2, 2017

To celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, Vivian Kirkfield created a challenge, "based on Bennet Cerf’s challenge to Seuss to write a children’s book using only 50 words" - #50 Precious Words. 

Here are the rules:

You have until March 6th at 11:59pm to post your story. Here are the guidelines...

March 1, 2017

Nancy Armo shares a bit about herself and discusses her debut picture book - Friend For Mole.

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