The Picture Book Buzz

January 29, 2018

I had the distinct opportunity and pleasure to meet and study with Jill Esbaum at the Whispering Woods Retreat in Iowa, last summer. In an amazing picture book focused weekend, Jill and Linda Skeers work with a small group of writers to study, critique, work, and learn about the business....

January 26, 2018

I can't recommend this book strongly enough. It is a wonderful depiction of the relationship between Malala and her father and an excellent mentor text for illustrators and authors tackling difficult subject matters. Don't miss this wonderful nonfiction book.

Free as a Bird: The Story of M...

January 23, 2018

This is my second year participating in the Multicultural Children's Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) and I join numerous reviewers in highlighting books which celebrate diversity.  The copy of this picture book, sent me from Sister Girl Publishing, for purposes of this review,...

January 23, 2018

This is my second year participating in the Multicultural Children's Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) and I join numerous reviewers in highlighting books which celebrate diversity.  The copy of this chapter book, sent me from Capstone Publishing, for purposes of this review, wi...

January 22, 2018

Before the "She Persisted" movement and mantra overtook the world, Malala Yousafzai stood up to the Taliban and advocated for the education of girls.

Today, I have the honor to introduce you to Lina Maslo whose debut picture book about Malala is a beautiful, poignant tribute to this...

January 19, 2018

Ever wish you could just disappear? 

Either as a child, as an adult, or both? That no one would miss you or that maybe this action would change their behavior? No one who knows me would consider me an introvert (and I was the first born), but I've definitely had times - parents fighting, a...

January 15, 2018

During two local book launches, I had the privilege to meet and become friends with a wonderfully talented Pacific Northwest author/illustrator. I'm excited to share with you a peek into her process, inspiration, and art.

Elizabeth Rose Stanton began her picture book writing and...

January 12, 2018

If you love books and the worlds they open, both fictional and real, then you likely find libraries to be magical places.  Where characters seem real and you almost fall into the stories. What if that really where the case, except that the books creep into and play within the libraries?

Th...

January 8, 2018

Today, I have the pleasure to introduce you to a picture book author, whose award-winning book is debuting in the United States tomorrow. Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Alison now lives in Farnham, UK with her British husband and 3 young children. In a great endorsement for SCBW...

January 5, 2018

A few years ago, my family went camping in British Columbia.  We set up our trailer along Lake Okanagan and started exploring. The kids were immediately drawn to a sign and play statute of Ogopogo - a suspected relative of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster.

S...

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