December 15, 2017

The charm of a picture book is more than the's the illustrations too. If a young child's book has maybe 500 words, illustrations breathe life into the paucity of words in a typical 32-page story. Consider WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CH...

December 14, 2017

The picture book "best" lists keep rolling in for 2017, and this list from Goodreads is unique as winners have been decided by readers.

Click here for results

December 13, 2017

Calling young Doodlers grades K-12 to enter the “Doodle 4 Google” contest which begins January 8th. Click here for details.

What an honor for a young artist’s inspiration to be internationally shared with kabillions of people. They’d be joining the ranks of Google’s pro...

December 12, 2017

End of the year recognition lists of outstanding picture books excite me. I'm curious if new books I love have been recognized by others. With the picture books I haven't yet read, I'm quick to check them out from the local library.  

The verdict is in from th...

December 11, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Rachel Renée Russell! 

Rachel authored the famous DORK DIARIES with over 30 million books sold! Inspiration came from Rachel's daughters, Erin and Nikki, who've co-written and co-illustrated with her. They've embraced their adorkability,...

December 11, 2017

Huffington Post has released its list of Best Picture Books for 2017. The categories remind me of the Oscars: Best Adventure, Best Family, Best Design, Best Concept. Without further ado, here are the winners:

  1. You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith, ill. Danielle Danie...

December 10, 2017

TRUMPET SONG is a contemporary retelling of THE UGLY DUCKLING. 

Why does THE UGLY DUCKLING resonate with me?  

It's a story of overcoming bullying and finding one's own inner worth. As a child, I experienced bullying and felt rejected by my flock of peers. So, my fi...

December 9, 2017

Lisa M. Griffin, TRUMPET SONG's illustrator, has created gorgeous gift tags for the holidays. They're easy to get by clicking this link. Oh, did I mention? They're free too! I recommend printing the gift tags on cardstock paper. While you're at it, check out Lisa's aut...

December 1, 2017

WONDER, the bestselling and beautifully written novel for youngsters ages 8 and up, is about August (Auggie) Pullman, a fifth grader with a rare craniofacial disorder. After being homeschooled, his parents encourage him to enter fifth grade at a public school. Without...

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