The Picture Book Buzz

April 3, 2020

As promised, here's a sneak peek at June Smalls' book, which releases May 26th.

Knowing how much I love animals and nature; it is probably no surprise that I immediately fell in love with this cover when the book was announced. The power, grace, and emotion of the elephant matriarch is pal...

March 30, 2020

Writing and Illustrating is magic.

Don't forget you are making things appear

out of thin air.

~ June Smalls

June Smalls writes books that are funny, educational, odd, and entertaining. Living in Virginia with the Hubby, The Kid, and an ever-growing number of animals June writes whenever and w...

March 6, 2020

The subject of this week's Perfect Picture Book Friday pick is near and dear to my heart.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love animals and nature. And that I have a particular fondness for birds. I have been a bird watcher and amateur scientist, for more years than I care to acknowledge; acti...

February 7, 2020

Boy nonfiction had changed over this past generation. I would have been in heaven, and you probably couldn't have pried me from the library, if books like Growing Up Gorilla: How a Zoo Baby Brought Her Family Together by Clare Hodgson Meeker, Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, illustrated by...

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...

October 4, 2019

Every year, I look forward to The Cornell Lab's Feeder Watch citizen science project. I move my laptop into the kitchen for a bit every day, so I can watch and record the number and species of the birds that come through my yard from November to April. I have records from 1996 and it is a...

September 13, 2019

It's interesting how perspective changes things. Those paper brick building blocks that seemed gigantic when you're a two-year-old and that English sheepdog that was the size of a bear are all a lot smaller when you look at them as an adult. And a simple stick can be a plant support to a...

March 15, 2019

Living in the Pacific Northwest, I enjoy hiking and camping. On these trips, I am regularly treated to glimpses of animals going about their routines. Or, as some of you know, I just stay home and photograph the numerous birds, bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, opossums, deer, and black bears a...

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...

November 16, 2018

As the seasons change, the days get shorter and darker. We all start getting ready for winter. Animals and humans alike. Preparing the garden, stock piling supplies, getting ready for snow, and shopping for the holidays. 

I found the perfect picture book to welcome in winter. One you'...

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