The Picture Book Buzz

November 29, 2019

When I discovered The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, I was enthralled; immediately transported on an adventure. I devoured the whole series (at least twice). It was such an important part of my early childhood reading. An escape from reality. Just looking at "my" cover brings back fon...

November 25, 2019

I have not taken a straight path to becoming a children’s writer,

but when I look back I realize that’s what I always wanted to be.

~ Caroline McAlister

Caroline “started writing for children after having [her] own and being struck by the beauty and creativity of modern picture books for chi...

November 22, 2019

At some point, in some way, everyone has felt that they don't belong. Some are just better at hiding that insecurity. While others channel it into aggression against others.

But since we are not carbon copies or clones, we are all naturally different. Those differences should be...

November 18, 2019

Today I have the distinct privilege of doing a joint interview with two amazing Kidlit creators - author Heather Gale and illustrator Mika Song.

Heather Gale grew up in New Zealand. While she worked fitting arms and legs, and designing braces to help people stand, walk, and run, she really...

November 15, 2019

Do you remember your first crush as a child? I've been told mine happened when I was two. I'm not sure though, as I don't remember the guy. But I do remember his sled team of beautiful husky dogs. So, maybe the crush was on the dogs?

I've always thought "crush" was a funny word t...

November 11, 2019

“Words are, in my not so humble opinion,

our most inexhaustible source of magic."

~ Albus Dumbledore

Beth Ferry reads and writes by the beach in New Jersey. She is the author of many picture books illustrated by many amazing artists, including Stick and Stone, Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish...

November 8, 2019

Did you ever pretend, by yourself or with siblings or friends, that you (or they) were the dog, cat, horse, or other pet you desperately wanted? I can remember my siblings and I having many exciting afternoons pretending to gallop around, as if on horses, or "train" each other to do an ob...

November 4, 2019

Wow! It's amazing to think that I just started blogging in September of 2016. It has been both an honor and great fun getting to know so many authors and illustrators. And a pleasure helping spread the news about some amazing books.

But let's get to why you're really here - Mike Boldt...

November 1, 2019

It is amazing how much a simple action - like a smile, holding a door for someone, or letting them go ahead of you in the grocery line (especially when they have fewer items than you) - can change someone's day. Every day, we have the opportunity to make a difference in another person's l...

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