The Picture Book Buzz

March 30, 2018

I love fractured fairy tales. So many great ones have come out this past year. I am pleased to introduce you to a charming story that takes a slightly dated fairy tale with a selfish ending and turns it on its head. Making it relevant to today's kids, while maintaining the underlying mess...

March 28, 2018

It is my pleasure to interview a very busy and creative debut picture book author. Brenda Maier is a wife and mother of five children. "Who provide endless inspiration for more stories," including her debut picture book - The Little Red Fort - which sprang on the shelves yesterd...

March 23, 2018

It's so fun going into butterfly houses and having all the bright, vivid colors flutter around you. Maybe, if you're lucky, even land on your arm or hand.

But what about those drab grey moths that congregate around your outside light or camping lantern? Last summer we had one of those craz...

March 19, 2018

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Karlin Gray whose second picture book, An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth, released last Thursday. Unlike her debut nonfiction picture book, Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still (2016) and her upcoming nonfiction release Serena: The Littlest Sister...

March 12, 2018

I love nonfiction picture books. Especially ones about people that are relatively (or totally) unknown.  Joan Procter, the curator of the reptile house at the London Zoo in 1923, is just such a person. Today, I have the privilege of talking with Patricia Valdez, whose debut picture book i...

March 9, 2018

I've been excitedly waiting for the launch of this book. I fell in love with the cover when it was first announced. The bright colors, energy, and enthusiasm are only a small taste of what the book has to offer. 

Even if you don't play soccer, this book will have you itching to get ou...

March 5, 2018

Have I got a treat for you today. The talented debut author Baptiste Paul!

In addition to being "a dad, a native of Saint Lucia, and a sports fan," he is also the husband of Miranda Paul.  He roasts his own coffee and chocolate and eats "anything [he] can grill." And he has a personality t...

March 3, 2018

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:


  1. Write a story appropri...

March 2, 2018

I have admired and followed astronauts since I was little. When my kids were small, they too were enamored by and determined to be astronauts. We had the great pleasure to meet an astronaut during a school visit and explore Kennedy Space Station when the space station was still being cons...

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