The Picture Book Buzz

September 6, 2019

I remember my kids fascination with the fables about how animals got their stripes, shells, or why spiders made webs. Fantastical stories explaining natural phenomena, and often the wilder the better, dominated our library piles for many years. Inexplicably, since none of us really like s...

December 3, 2018

If you can't guess - I love nature. I have been fascinated by birds most of my life. This year, my daughter and I had the privilege of watching many birds raise their young in our yard. We especially enjoyed the fledgling Pileated, Hairy, and Downy woodpeckers this year. It was the first...

December 31, 2017

As the final post for 2017, I want to share three beautifully illustrated picture books that touched my heart. Each one involves winter, animals, and caring for each other. 

The first is a unique take on researching a science report - The Bear Report by Thyra Heder

Through dreamy...

December 30, 2017

When I first decided to write a PPBF post on this book, I didn't realize how often my life imitates art. Instead of getting right to it, I ended up imitating Tortoise. While not actually hibernating, I definitely withdrew and burrowed into decorating, cookie making, and spending some glor...

October 6, 2017

The days are getting shorter and cooler. The trees are bathed in glorious colors. Pumpkins are in the stores and every food item possible. And snow is on its way. As the air gets crisper excitement builds in my house for outdoor ice skating, skiing, and playing in the snow....

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