The Picture Book Buzz

February 25, 2019

I have the great pleasure to introduce you to another debut author/illustrator, Sophie Gilmore.

Sophie is an author and illustrator now living in Pisa, Italy. While making this book, she was living on a houseboat in London, England, and like the beasts in this story, she is happiest around...

February 22, 2019

Encouraging curiosity about the world, nature, and why things happen and providing space for the messy experiments and creative endeavors necessary to find the answers is a fun part of the job for parents and teachers. 

This is a story for the child who's ever wonder how cer...

February 18, 2019

Debut author, Laura Roettiger, claims her "superpower is encouraging curiosity in children and letting them know she believes in them." Which obviously worked, as her three children are all employed in STEM related professions. Her debut book Aliana Reaches for the Moon, releases tom...

February 15, 2019

I couldn't help myself this week. I found two great picture books. So, I am doing two #PPBF posts this week. 

Ever find a book that you read over and over? Maybe so many times that it had to be taped together (or heaven forbid, a replacement found)? A book that you tried to sleep with, hug...

February 15, 2019

I love watching the birds and animals that frequent my yard. Last summer, year we were lucky to see babies of four woodpeckers (Pileated, Flicker, Downy, and Hairy), juncos, sparrows, wrens, and towhees. As for animals, we've heard baby coyotes learning to howl and occasionally seen fawns...

February 12, 2019

I get the privilege to introduce you all to a relatively new, upcoming author/illustrator "from across the pond," Carolina Rabei.

Carolina loved drawing “ever since she was very small." She's spent eight years studying Fine Art, attaining a BA in Graphic Design in Moldova, and then ac...

February 11, 2019

Varsha Bajaj's story began in Mumbai, India. The books she read as a child by Enid Blyton, Carolyn Keene,  and Mark Twain sparked an interest to travel and explore these strange distant worlds she and her sister found in these books. Arriving in the U.S. for grad school, she felt welcomed...

February 8, 2019

Outgoing or shy, everyone has been on the outside looking in at some point; trying to figure out how they fit into the world, where their talents and interests lie, or how they can make a difference. It could be as a child discovering what activities they enjoy, a new graduate figuring ou...

February 4, 2019

Pat Zietlow Miller took time from her busy spring - two book launches (one this month, one in March) to spend a little time visiting with me. Did you know that Pat "started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage"? 


February 1, 2019

Growing up on Star Trek and Star Wars, I always wondered if there was life on other planets. And agreed with Carl Sagan (and Jodi Foster's character in Contact) that if there isn't other life, then there is an awful lot of wasted space.

It's exciting when scientists find new planets, disco...

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