The Picture Book Buzz

July 29, 2019

I want my words to matter; for my picture books to remain

in children’s hearts  like well-loved tunes

and my stories to resonate integrity. ~ Dimity Powell 

One of the most wonderful things about an SCBWI conference is the people you meet. I had the privilege to meet this amazing author this...

July 26, 2019

What a fun month! The anniversary of the Apollo 11 Launch resulted in so many great books on the astronauts, the moon, and space exploration. In addition to the twelve newest ones I love (here), I want to shout Phillip and Erin Stead's Music for Mr. Moon and Laura Roettiger and Ariel Boro...

July 22, 2019

Hooray! Are you all in for a treat!

Today, I get the privilege of interviewing amazing Susanna Leonard Hill.

Susanna Leonard Hill is and award-winning author of twenty books for children, includingPunxsutawney Phyllis (A Book List Children's Pick and Amelia Bloomer Project choice)...

July 20, 2019

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Slice of moon cake, anyone?

 © Javier Jaén

Before we get into this post, let me recommend that you check out the Google doodle and the narrated story by Mike Collins, the perhaps often overlooked astronaut, who remained in orbit s...

July 19, 2019

Starting in May this year, there have been so many books released about the first day of school, starting a new school, or school field trips. Are the publishers taking a page from Target's playbook and releasing books a season in advance? I always wondered about selling bikinis in March...

July 15, 2019

Christina Geist is a brand strategist, entrepreneur and children’s book author who lives in New York City with her husband, NBC and MSNBC host Willie Geist, and her two children. Christina also runs two companies: True Geist, a branding and design firm, and Boombox Gifts.

Christina’s first...

July 12, 2019

Has anyone noticed the uproar over having a diverse Ariel. I can't remember any such commotion for one of my favorite films - Cinderella. This amazing 1997 musical starred Brandy (Cinderella), Whitney Houston (Fairy Godmother), Whoopi Goldberg (Queen), & Paolo Montalbán (Prince). We didn'...

July 10, 2019

“I love being an author,

creating stories that can change your world.”  

~ Susanne Gervay

Susanne Gervay, "grew up in beautiful Sydney with my older brother Thomas and younger sister Elizabeth. My parents were refugees who escaped from war, communism and terrorism in Hungary. They hoped...

July 9, 2019

Due to technical issues, this is going to be a busy week for posts. But I was so excited when Katy Hudson agreed to an interview. I have loved her picture books, since I discovered Too Many Carrots three years ago

Katy was raised in Middlesbrough, UK and started her Illustration career a...