The Picture Book Buzz

November 17, 2017

First, congratulations are in order. The winner of the signed Finn Finds a Friend is:

Julie Rowan-Zoch

Sometimes when you least expect it, you find exactly what you're looking for. I know there have been times when, searching for something, I swear I looked in the exact spot minutes ago whe...

November 13, 2017

Who hasn't missed something "right before their eyes?" That clue to a friend's feelings, the thing you're missing and just set down - somewhere, or perhaps that opportunity that you just didn't see.  

When I first saw the cover, I fell in love with How to Find an Elephant. I am honore...

November 10, 2017

While writers are often told to ask "what if?" or mash together two unlikely things, I find it interesting that Jenna's husband spurred this book, by asking her what if the sharks off the coast just wanted to find a friend. Check out her interview from this Monday - https://www.mariacmars...

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...

November 6, 2017

My love of the ocean came from my grandparents. They lived in Seaside, Oregon and I spent many summers and holidays living on the beach - playing in the surf, collecting seashells & sand dollars, and climbing rocks.

The crash of waves and the varied motions of the surf still enthrall...

November 3, 2017

I love when seemingly simple picture and board books offer the potential to teach a science lesson, open a world of understanding, or show us that we are not alone. 

In her interview on Monday, Lisa Mantchev stated "in Narwhal, the main character might be someone who has mobility...

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