Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Attention musicians! Well, really anyone who wants to be inspired by a woman who created "her own story," who didn't "wait for things to happen" to her, who "made her own opportunities." Text ©Shannon Stocker Illustration ©Devon Holzwarth Here is Evelyn, enjoying life on her family's farm in Aberdeen, Scotland. This image took me back … Continue reading Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Monsters in the Briny – Perfect Picture Book Friday

At last! A book that seeks to answer the burning question: What do you do with a grumpy kraken?Crabby, cranky, crusty kraken?What do you do with a grumpy kraken?Kraken in the briny. Text ©Lynn Becker Illustration ©Scott Brundage (My apologies for the washed out colors. The pages are quite glossy and do not photograph well.) … Continue reading Monsters in the Briny – Perfect Picture Book Friday

As Glenn As Can Be – Perfect Picture Book Friday

My introduction to Glenn Gould, the amazing pianist, came in 1993 when the film, 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould was released. Who knew that a skilled author (Sarah Ellis) and illustrator (Nancy Vo) could create such an engaging and masterful picture book biography about this man? (It is a master class for PB writers/illustrators.) … Continue reading As Glenn As Can Be – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Celebrate Floyd Cooper Day

Image from Highlights Foundation Floyd Cooper, an amazing and inspiring author/illustrator, passed away in 2021. He wrote and/or illustrated more than 100 books for children, and was known for being a kind and thoughtful mentor. In his honor, the Children's Book Council has established Floyd Cooper Day, celebrating his life, his work, and his legacy. … Continue reading Celebrate Floyd Cooper Day

Big and Small and In-Between – Perfect Picture Book Friday

First a tiny taste of what makes Big and Small and In-Between so special. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOuj347HKHw Text ©Carter Higgins Illustration ©Daniel Miyares The unusual paper art in this book is a treat. There are a handful of instances throughout for the reader to discover, and the ending is a wonderful, inevitable surprise! I'm really trying to … Continue reading Big and Small and In-Between – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Just You and Me – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Perfect for those little scientists, or for kids who love nature and its amazing idiosyncrasies. Actually, most kids and adults love this kind of info. Text ©Jennifer Ward. Illustration ©Alexander Vidal The story is told in rhyming couplets that provide information about each symbiotic relationship, with an additional layer of text that provides more details … Continue reading Just You and Me – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Big Bad Wolf in My House – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Sometimes I review books because I'm struck by their beauty, their language, or their humor. Other times I review a book because it's an important issue or an exploration of a topic that isn't often seen in picture book form. This is one of those books. But it is also beautifully illustrated and written. The … Continue reading The Big Bad Wolf in My House – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Good Eating: The Short Life of Krill – Perfect Picture Book Friday

If I were that krill, I'd be looking for the emergency exit right now. Good thing there's strength in numbers, or at least enough survivors to ensure the production of billions more. The cover gives the reader an important clue: this is not going to be a dull book about sea creatures. It's going to … Continue reading Good Eating: The Short Life of Krill – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Sometimes lives that appear beautiful from the outside, are not so beautiful on the inside. At least they didn't start out beautifully. Such is the case for a baby girl named Elsa, a girl instead of the boy her parents had wanted. A girl who is named after a nurse in the hospital, because her … Continue reading Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What Is a River? – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Here's another exquisitely beautiful book in translation from 2021 that nearly missed my radar. Of course it's published by Enchanted Lion. You might think you know what a river is: a strip of water that flows from a source(s) to a delta, whether the mouth of the delta is on the ocean like the Mighty … Continue reading What Is a River? – Perfect Picture Book Friday