The Picture Book Buzz

March 29, 2019

Have you ever been shy? Especially about performing or speaking in public. Ever wish you could retreat or disappear into another world? A world where everything would be perfect.

I love just about EVERY book that Erin has illustrated and/or Philip has written. Her style if so soft, gentle...

March 22, 2019

Learning to handle negative emotions can be a lifetime challenge for some of us. It is even harder for kids who have less experience and coping skills. Where everything is so intense, immediate, and important.

Providing kids with the skills to understand and cope with these emotions c...

March 18, 2019

It's a great day when you get to interview your critique partner on the eve of her debut picture book's release.

Danielle Dufayet says she “read her first picture book (Little Raccoon and the Thing in the Pool) when she was 18 whereupon she was blown away by its simplicity, timelessness, a...

March 15, 2019

Living in the Pacific Northwest, I enjoy hiking and camping. On these trips, I am regularly treated to glimpses of animals going about their routines. Or, as some of you know, I just stay home and photograph the numerous birds, bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, opossums, deer, and black bears a...

March 12, 2019

Mirka Hokkanen is an amazing illustrator who uses a variety of printmaking, drawing, painting and digital techniques in her art. “Her love for line and drawing underlie her style no matter which media she is working in and her favorite subjects to illustrate are quirky animals and inquisi...

March 11, 2019

Nothing is impossible if you can imagine it!

Although her "official" bio follows, I think we can all agree that Vivian Kirkfield is an extra-ordinary friend, mentor, and enthusiastic kidlit community participant. 

Writer for children – reader forever...that’s Vivian Kirkfield...

March 8, 2019

We've come to expect amazing, touching books from Pat Zietlow Miller. Her newest one is no exception. Written, as she told me in Monday's interview, as "the book that [she] needed most as a kid. . . and a bit of a pep talk to [herself] when [she] was going through a rough spot in [her] li...

March 4, 2019

She's back! 

I just couldn't resist doing a second interview of Pat Zietlow Miller when she announced the book cover of When You Are Brave. I fell in love with the starry butterfly wings and the confident stance of the little girl. I was dying to know the inspiration and inside story...

March 3, 2019

Here are some highlights from the amazing conference I recently attended in Sydney, Australia. I was fortunate to accompany Vivian Kirkfield on her first speaking engagement at an SCBWI conference as a published author. We did sneak in 2 days of sightseeing.

First, and foremost, I discover...

March 1, 2019

Gumption, persistence, and compassion for all creatures, these are things I aspire to. (Okay, except for big spiders.) Though sometimes it is so hard to be brave, to take a leap and try something new, to really stick your neck out for yourself or for another. And if pop culture (music and...

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