The Picture Book Buzz

September 11, 2020

I was really excited to see this talented author/illustrator return with a school trip into the ocean. John's created a great splash with this second book. And I'm not the only one who thinks so, it's been named as a Junior Library Guild Selection. This inventive, gloriously i...

August 12, 2020

Kristen grew up in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. Some of her best childhood memories involve discovering a new favorite book or author at her local library. Books introduced her to other countries and worlds.

July 24, 2020


Kimberly McD

You've won a copy of SOAKED! by Abi Cushman

Now, back to today's #PPBF choice.

I was immediately intrigued by the cover of this book when it was announced. Alfred and those overalls are so adorable. And since "playing possum" means feigning death, until a threat...

July 15, 2020

Kathleen Long Bostrom has been an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1983 (now honorably retired). She and her husband, Greg, live in Carlsbad, California, where she writes full-time in an office looking out over a grove of eucalyptus trees. They have three grown chi...

July 13, 2020

Abi Cushman is a debut author-illustrator. She has also worked as a web designer for over 15 years, creating websites for libraries, towns, and local businesses.

She runs two popular websites of her own:, a pet rabbit care resource, and, which was nam...

June 3, 2020

Michael Armstrong began his career as a marketing professional. Changing course, he served as the Executive Director of The ALS Association, The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, and other nonprofit organizations.

When his daughter was born, Mike changed course again to become a stay-at-home d...

May 1, 2020

I remember reading lying upside down on the couch, my head dangling toward the floor, as I read Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books by Betty MacDonald. I loved the description of her upside-down house and would spend hours imagining what it would be like to live there or what my house would be like...

April 24, 2020

These days, many of us are finding interesting and unique ways to stay in touch and help family, friends, and neighbors. From creating masks to, cooking "together" via phones, or learning how to do video conferencing. My family discovered that Skype enables us to play Yahtzee with Grandma...

January 31, 2020

Every once in a while you come across a story too fantastical to be true. If you found it when cruising the internet, there's a good chance that it could be hoax. The modern-day equivalent of the tall tale told around the table or campfire.

So, when I heard of a story about a baboon t...

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...

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