The Picture Book Buzz

May 20, 2020

Today, I have the distinct pleasure of talking with Eileen Ryan Ewen. She is the award-winning illustrator of 4 children’s books published by Sleeping Bear Press - Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story by Lindsey McDivitt (2018), Symphony of Cowbells by Heather Preusser (2017), Mr....

March 13, 2020

First, I'd like to announce

that the winner


Whoo-ku Haiku

by Maria Gianferrari.


David McMullin!

Now on to this week's #PPBF selection.

I absolutely fell in love with the creative geniuses of Margery Cuyler and Will Terry in Bonaparte Falls Apart. Where the most adorable little skeleton is...

February 21, 2020

It is both an important acknowledgement and a horror that the International Olympic Committee created a Refugee Olympic Team in 2015 for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

A special opportunity to acknowledge the athletes and their commitment to training and striving to be their best, despite...

August 16, 2019

It's probably horrible to admit, but I have never read Ramona. She just never appealed to me. But the Mouse and the Motorcycle, and Runaway Ralph, I devoured these books. I'm not sure that I would say I saw myself in these books; I am not a mouse nor have I any interest in having one as 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,...

May 3, 2019

Anyone who'sever read the Sunday comics knows the cartoon Peanuts starring the beloved Snoopy, his sidekick Woodstock, and Charlie Brown.  (Or they've seen the movie, TV specials, or books).

But do you know about Spike - the dog on whom Snoopy is based or the child Sparky -...

November 23, 2018

I enjoy learning about new or little known aspects of history. I've known about Ben Franklin, his inventions, and the role he played in the American revolution. But I had not previously known about his attempts to create a new alphabet. And like so many others, I can't count the number of...

January 26, 2018

I can't recommend this book strongly enough. It is a wonderful depiction of the relationship between Malala and her father and an excellent mentor text for illustrators and authors tackling difficult subject matters. Don't miss this wonderful nonfiction book.

Free as a Bird: The Story of M...

January 23, 2018

This is my second year participating in the Multicultural Children's Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) and I join numerous reviewers in highlighting books which celebrate diversity.  The copy of this picture book, sent me from Sister Girl Publishing, for purposes of this review,...

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