The Picture Book Buzz

May 31, 2019

Can you ever get too much of a good thing? Do all wishes necessarily turn out badly in the end? Is there always a price to be paid for "magic"?

Even though it's hard to imagine ever getting sick of chocolate (or gelato), I suppose if I ate it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner EVERY day, it...

May 27, 2019

This week, I have a very special treat for you. The author/illustrator and cartoonist Liam Francis Walsh has stopped by. He is “an award-winning cartoonist, author, and illustrator, originally from northern Wisconsin. He grew up on a dairy farm with lots of siblings and books and a pet cr...

May 24, 2019

This year is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. And as you can imagine, there are a ton of books being released about the moon or featuring the moon.

I found a real treasure for this week's #PPBF pick. It is different from all the ones I've seen so far, as it is entirely wordless. I...

May 20, 2019

Have I got a treat for you!

During Storystorm, this January, Nancy Churnin mentioned the fact that she, Adah Nuchi, and Leslie Kimmelman had all released picture books on Irving Berlin within a two-month period. That even though all three addressed his immigration, entire life, and love of...

May 17, 2019

The amazing Annie Silvestro, the author of the delightful picture books, The Christmas Tree Who Loved Trains, Mice Skating, and Bunny's Book Club, has done it again. 

If you've ever experienced stage fright or had a case of nerves, I bet you remember that fluttery feeling in the pit of you...

May 13, 2019

John Hare spent his youth in Kansas drawing comic strips about snakes, making spoof yearbooks to entertain his friends, and writing stories about a crime-fighting crocodile. After working as an art director and graphic designer, he picked up a brush and painted a scene for his son's nurse...

May 10, 2019

Do you remember summer camp? The nervousness of being away from home, the uncertainty about what would happen all week, and the fear that no one would like you and you won't fit in. Not to mention the overwhelming responsibility of taking care of all those little campers in your cabin.


May 6, 2019

Kristin L. Gray is the author of the middle grade novel, Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge, a 2018 Bank Street Best Children’s Book. She lives in Arkansas with her family, two dogs, and an alert bearded dragon, who is clearly NOT a dragon as he has never once breathed fire. Kristin's first pictu...

May 3, 2019

Anyone who'sever read the Sunday comics knows the cartoon Peanuts starring the beloved Snoopy, his sidekick Woodstock, and Charlie Brown.  (Or they've seen the movie, TV specials, or books).

But do you know about Spike - the dog on whom Snoopy is based or the child Sparky -...

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