The Picture Book Buzz

April 28, 2017

Wandering through my bookstore , I found a new book from the creator of The Gruffalo. Illustrated by the amazing Helen Oxenbury, this is truly a great find.

The Giant Jumperee

Author: Julia Donaldson

Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury

Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers (2017)

Ages: 3-5 years


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...

April 14, 2017

I fell in love with this darling book the moment I saw it at the bookstore. The cover snagged me immediately and the story captured my heart. Who hasn't had a moment of frustration trying to keep up with older siblings, friends, or colleagues? Just when you're ready to give up, friends co...

April 10, 2017

Today, I am extremely fortunate to have my friend, critique partner, and debut author Laura Clement stop by to talk to us on the eve of her book birthday. Egg releases tomorrow - Tuesday, April 11, 2017.  

Happy Book Birthday, Laura  (a day early)   

Maria, I want to thank you for...

April 7, 2017

Mac is back! I love Mac Barnett's books (especially Extra Yarn & Leo), his TED talks, and his Kidlit presentations. I was excited to  read this new one. Like Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, it broke rules and did so humorously. This is a  great mentor text for a building plot, foreshadowing, and...

April 3, 2017

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Kari-Lynn Winters, a Canadian author from Ontario, Canada. She is an award-winning picture book author, playwright, and performer. Kari-Lynn loves being a children's writer because "she can share silly ideas in funny and interactive ways and that she...

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