The Picture Book Buzz

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...

October 25, 2019

Think back to your childhood. What story or movie gave you nightmares?

For me it was Bambi, and specifically the mother's death in a fire.

Sometimes adults don't realize the monsters that a child's relaxed brains can conjure from stories or movies once they go to sleep. I'd be willing...

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...

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 1, 2019

Each story begins with the desire to delight young children;

to tantalise their imaginations;

and to kindle their curiosity. ~ B.C.R. Fegan

B.C.R. Fegan is a multi-award-winning author who has written a number of fairy tales and fantasies for children and young adults.

Raised on a small hobby...

July 12, 2019

Has anyone noticed the uproar over having a diverse Ariel. I can't remember any such commotion for one of my favorite films - Cinderella. This amazing 1997 musical starred Brandy (Cinderella), Whitney Houston (Fairy Godmother), Whoopi Goldberg (Queen), & Paolo Montalbán (Prince). We didn'...

April 20, 2019

I stumbled across this book at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle.  I couldn't wait until I found a "free" Friday to share this beautiful, touching book with you. So, I am doing an extra post for fun. Besides, the book released on April 2nd.

If you liked Renato and the Lion ...

March 29, 2019

Have you ever been shy? Especially about performing or speaking in public. Ever wish you could retreat or disappear into another world? A world where everything would be perfect.

I love just about EVERY book that Erin has illustrated and/or Philip has written. Her style if so soft, gentle...

February 15, 2019

I couldn't help myself this week. I found two great picture books. So, I am doing two #PPBF posts this week. 

Ever find a book that you read over and over? Maybe so many times that it had to be taped together (or heaven forbid, a replacement found)? A book that you tried to sleep with, hug...

February 1, 2019

Growing up on Star Trek and Star Wars, I always wondered if there was life on other planets. And agreed with Carl Sagan (and Jodi Foster's character in Contact) that if there isn't other life, then there is an awful lot of wasted space.

It's exciting when scientists find new planets, disco...

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