The Picture Book Buzz

January 28, 2020

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020 (1/31/20) is in its 7th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market...

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...

August 23, 2019

Unfortunately, more and more children are affected by homelessness. Having seen the effects and emotions surrounding this circumstance, while she worked as a child abuse and neglect investigator, Erin Gunti set out to create a book that was "sensitive, informative, and non-threatening." A...

November 9, 2018

What an emotionally caustic environment our country has become. It seems that there is one tragedy after another. A sad place to be raising children! I wish I could say that the mid-terms solved everything. While it may not change the minds of the tiny, powerful minority, it reaffirmed fo...

July 27, 2018

Review of a picture book celebrating diversity and inclusion. All Are Welcome is a book our leaders all need to read.

July 23, 2018

Interview with author/Illustrator about her art, writing, and newest picture book All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold.

July 20, 2018

This week's #PPBF choice delves into discrimination and diversity while teaching about the concept of colors.

June 15, 2018

Even if you're not OCD, or a super neat freak, I'd be willing to bet you've had a relative or friend visit who you swear resembled a tornado. Or perhaps a roommate whose idea of organization and straightening differed greatly from yours.

Now, what if that other person was . . . a spid...

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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