The Sun is Late and So is the Farmer – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Looking for a picture book with a "classic" feel, one that exists in the realm of folklore meets magical realism? Here's a fabulous option hot off the presses. Text ©Philip C. Stead. Illustration ©Erin E. Stead Three farm animals gaze out the barn door into the moonlit night. Wondering. Waiting for the sun to rise. … Continue reading The Sun is Late and So is the Farmer – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Family Downtime & The Last Bookstore

Hello everyone! Taking a break this week to enjoy my son being home from college. Which means I'm back to making lots of food, LOL. Love it! Love him to pieces! Here are a couple of photos I took of The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles. Part bookstore. Part art gallery. Lots of cozy nooks. … Continue reading Family Downtime & The Last Bookstore

Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story – Perfect Picture Book Friday

In this beautiful book, three authors (from three different tribes) come together to shift the Thanksgiving narrative, honoring indigenous perspectives. A Wampanoag woman tells her grandchildren a story about how the harvest feast of 1621 came to pass, and it lays bare the truth: without the help of the Wampanoag people, the Pilgrims may have … Continue reading Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Nigel and the Moon – Perfect Picture Book Friday

There's a book I kept checking out from the library that I finally decided needed a permanent place on my shelf. A boy named Nigel has dreams he only tells the moon, because the moon won't spill his secrets. The moon is a safe confidant. Text ©Antwan Eady Illustration ©Gracey Zhang "Hi. My name's Nigel. … Continue reading Nigel and the Moon – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Line in the Sand – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I don't think I've ever reviewed a wordless picture book for PPBF, so this is a first! The front end paper shows a solitary stick lying in sand. Then, in a spread before the title page, a shadow falls over the stick. What could it be? Page turn. A funny-shaped creature (the one making the … Continue reading The Line in the Sand – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Boo Stew – Belated Perfect Picture Book Friday

Hello everyone! Interrupting your regularly scheduled Monday for a perfect picture book that's fitting for Halloween day! The author, Donna Washington, is a professional storyteller, and her skills shine in this narrative. There were always Scares in Toadsuck Swamp, but Curly Locks didn't pay 'em much mind. The Scares kept to themselves. They only woke … Continue reading Boo Stew – Belated Perfect Picture Book Friday

A (little) STEM Halloween – A Halloweensie Contest Entry

A pause for Perfect Picture Book Friday while I take this week to feature Susanna Hill's Halloweensie Contest! There's still time to enter. It's all good fun! THE CONTEST: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in word count) using the words slither, treat, and scare. Your … Continue reading A (little) STEM Halloween – A Halloweensie Contest Entry

A River of Dust – Cover Reveal

Hello everyone! I'm so excited to reveal the cover of my debut picture book, A River of Dust: The Life-Giving Link Between North Africa and the Amazon on VIvian Kirkfield's blog!!! In the flat screen image, you won't be able to see the foil that illuminates the dust. You'll have to hold it in your … Continue reading A River of Dust – Cover Reveal

Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles – Perfect Picture Book Friday

If, after viewing this cover, you're not already half in love with this book and its topic, capybaras, then there may be no hope for your soul. Text ©Mike Allegra Illustration ©Jaimie Whitbread The rainforest was alive with squeaks, squawks, grunts, growls, hisses, harrumphs, and frenetic feather-and-fur-flying fury. It was quite the rumpus. No one … Continue reading Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Acorn Was a Little Wild – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I'm all for personification in picture books, be they lyrical or humorous, and especially when they involve a mix of STEM and social and emotional learning (SEL) topics, like this one. Acorn was a wild little thing, pointy on one end and capped on the other. Text ©Jen Arena. Illustration ©Jessica Gibson He was the … Continue reading Acorn Was a Little Wild – Perfect Picture Book Friday