The Picture Book Buzz

December 27, 2019

Well dear readers, what a year this has been!

Besides traveling to three great writing conferences, I've been privileged to "meet" and interview some amazing authors and illustrators - Patricia Toht, Curtis Manley, Jessica Lanan, Pat Zietlow Miller, Varsha Bajaj, Carolina Rabei, Laur...

September 27, 2019

I love that biographies offer us a window into the adventures, decisions, and struggles of people we admire. It's fun to discover little known facts or aspects of people I thought I knew. 

But it is even more fun to learn about the people I've never heard of. Introducing me to ne...

August 13, 2019

I hope that joy and pleasure
are found in the words I write

and the pictures I make."  ~ Jonathan Voss

Jonathan's debut as an illustrator was with Sally M. Walker’s, Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh, in 2015. And his author/illustrator debut,...

August 3, 2019

I had already planned to review At The End of Holyrood Lane for this week's #PPBF. But when I read Dimity Powell and Andrew Plant's Pippa, which released Thursday, I couldn't resist writing another review.

It's that time of year, parents are getting their kids ready for college. For many i...

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...

January 20, 2019

Once again, I am participating in the Multicultural Children’s Book Day - MCBD 2019 (1/25/19). It's mission is to "not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries."

If you, or someone you know, like...

January 14, 2019

This summer, I won a sweepstakes by Peachtree Publishers!  The prize was a hardback copy of a chapter book which I found enchanting. The Bookshop Girl, with its two full-page, black and white illustrations per chapter (which ranged from eight to sixteen pages), larger print...

August 3, 2018

Review of a great book for anyone who loves picnics and time outdoors or who's ever had their "best laid" plans go awry.

July 13, 2018

Review of Brave Enough for Two - a story of a fearful, hesitant girl discovering how brave she actually is when her best friend is injured.

May 4, 2018

The greatest books explore events and emotions that are universal. The experience of a snow day, frustration of uniformity, or friendship. A relationship with a grandparent, loss, and loneliness. Things that, though the actual names and experiences are different, resonate throughout all o...

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