The Picture Book Buzz

September 6, 2019

I remember my kids fascination with the fables about how animals got their stripes, shells, or why spiders made webs. Fantastical stories explaining natural phenomena, and often the wilder the better, dominated our library piles for many years. Inexplicably, since none of us really like s...

December 7, 2018

My love for birds grew from watching my grandmother paint them and my mother hunt through field guides to identify them. Although my grandmother's gone, my mom and I still compare notes over the phone and try to help each other identify unusual birds. 

Since I regularly participate in the...

October 19, 2018

Here it is, the review you've been waiting for all week. Heidi Stemple's amazing nonfiction story of how Frank Chapman turned his love of birds into the creation of the Audubon Magazine and a world-wide, citizen science event that resulted in counting 56,139,812 birds in 2016!

When I first...

October 15, 2018

Have I got an amazing treat for you this week! I am joined by the funny, talented, and generous Heidi Stemple. 

If for some reason, you know don't who Heidi Stemple is. Heidi has co-authored 28 or so books with her mother - who is none other than the amazing Jane Yolen. She has a...

January 27, 2017

Change is hard. And taking that next step, leaving the "nest," going to preschool, or kindergarten, is hard for many kids. Not that change is any easier for older kids or adults. I was excited to find a book that infuses laughter into coping with changes. 

NOPE! A Tale...

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