The Picture Book Buzz

October 29, 2019

It's that time of year again. Mummies, skeletons, princesses, unicorns, pirates, goblins, and an IRS man (seriously folks, I had a kid dress as this a few years back - saying "I'm your worst nightmare!" Boy was she was right!) running loose through the town. All stocking up on candy and p...

October 28, 2019

If you're looking for a great way to freak out your parents,

tell them you're going to be a street musician when you grow up.

~Deborah Underwood

Born in Walla Walla, Washington, Deborah Underwood dreamed of being an astronomer. (even named her stuffed bear Ursa Major), a singer, or a writer....

October 25, 2019

Think back to your childhood. What story or movie gave you nightmares?

For me it was Bambi, and specifically the mother's death in a fire.

Sometimes adults don't realize the monsters that a child's relaxed brains can conjure from stories or movies once they go to sleep. I'd be willing...

October 21, 2019

What is the creative process and how does it work?

This is a question that intrigues me.

~ Lisa Robinson 

Lisa Robinson was born in Kampala, Uganda. Her parents were Peace Corps volunteers who later became world-traveling diplomats, "so books became my best friends."

Now, Lisa is a psych...

October 18, 2019

Did anyone really enjoy those dreaded "team projects"? Especially, the ones where the teacher picked the members, supposedly to play to each of your strengths. Where inevitably one or more didn't do their portion and someone else (read "you/me") had to pick up the slack.

Sometimes though,...

October 14, 2019

I’m a big kid myself:

I love to laugh and to learn new things.

My goal is to never completely grow up. 

~Leanne Shirtliffe

Leanne Shirtliffe grew up on a large grain farm 20 miles west of Winnipeg, Manitoba; the youngest of three kids. After college, she left Canada and worked in Asia for ei...

October 11, 2019

I've often wondered how many great minds, inventors, musicians, and artists we've lost because the individual was born into dire poverty or systemic discrimination. 

Fortunately, many great actors, musicians, scientists, and sports heroes fought harder to fulfill their dreams, after being...

October 7, 2019

Boy are you in for a treat this week. Drum roll, please. The amazing Teresa Robeson is visiting with me today!

Teresa was lucky enough to view the first lunar landing and be raised on a healthy dose of Star Trek. This series of fortunate events turned her into a total nerd/geek-girl...

October 4, 2019

Every year, I look forward to The Cornell Lab's Feeder Watch citizen science project. I move my laptop into the kitchen for a bit every day, so I can watch and record the number and species of the birds that come through my yard from November to April. I have records from 1996 and it is a...

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