The Picture Book Buzz

January 29, 2019

Today I have the privilege to talk with the second half of the creative genius of Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet - Jessica Lanan. 

Jessica is a self-professed “illustrator of stories, creator of worlds, partaker of coffee, tanguera of tango, baker of scones, eater of...

January 28, 2019

I get the honor to do a second interview with a wonderful author and my friend, Curtis Manley. On his website, Curtis shared why he creates picture books:

"I write for young people of all ages and strive to create fun books

with facts about the world around us and truths about the worl...

January 25, 2019

Who hasn't played dress-up as a child? I remember hours spent imagining I was someone else, somewhere else. Whether it involved putting on performances for family, creating elaborate adventures with my siblings, or just trying on roles. As a parent, I created many outfits, incliding an Ew...

January 21, 2019

I am honored today to talk with a very special author and person.

She lived in London during Will and Kate's wedding, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and the Olympics, owned a children's bookstore/toy store for seven years, and married a "Happy Meal Toy" designer.

It's the amazing writer and...

January 20, 2019

Okay, so it's not Friday. But, I accepted my daughter's request to "play hooky" and went skiing. Unfortunately, that meant this post didn't get done when I wanted. But I discovered, it wasn't the end of the world. Since I fell in love with this book, and I think you will all love it too,...

January 20, 2019

Once again, I am participating in the Multicultural Children’s Book Day - MCBD 2019 (1/25/19). It's mission is to "not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries."

If you, or someone you know, like...

January 14, 2019

This summer, I won a sweepstakes by Peachtree Publishers!  The prize was a hardback copy of a chapter book which I found enchanting. The Bookshop Girl, with its two full-page, black and white illustrations per chapter (which ranged from eight to sixteen pages), larger print...

January 11, 2019

So many of us try to be environmental. We recycle, carpool, use less water, dabble in growing fresh food, and maybe even compost. Some even raise their own chickens. While this helps, a much smaller number work to save the environment and human lives by providing safe water and responsibl...

January 4, 2019

I took a break for the later part of December, to spend time with my family and friends. But I can't stay away from books. Either ones that I have stacked around the house to read for reviews or the Cybils, or adult ones just my own pleasure or escape.

Nor can I seem to stay out of booksto...

January 1, 2019

Looking back through my posts for 2018, I discovered interviews with authors who I admired, many who were, or became, my friends. This was such an amazing opportunity to meet the creators of some special books and learn about their processes, challenges, and successes.

I also found an exci...

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