Nicholas Kristof – Call to Action

Question: Where was the first reported child abuse case in the United States? Answer: New York, 1874. Her name was Mary Ellen Wilson. For eight of her 10 years, she had been beaten, cut, starved, subject to hard physical labor, deprived of a bed and warm clothes, and generally tortured by her foster mother. A … Continue reading Nicholas Kristof – Call to Action

There Was An Old Giant Who Swallowed A Clock – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Looking for a new read aloud? One that's absurd—sure to make kids laugh? Look no further. But what's truly special about this book is its design and illustrations. The cover gives the reader a hint. The giant's stomach is a die-cut hole, filled with goodies. And as we open the book and read the first … Continue reading There Was An Old Giant Who Swallowed A Clock – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Who Are You? Gender Bias – #KidLitWomen

In 2015, I sat in a darkened auditorium in a hotel in Los Angeles, wanting to throw up. I had word poisoning. What was the source? The messenger's message. In that dark room, Shannon Hale, a keynote speaker at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference, was turning the spotlight on gender bias. … Continue reading Who Are You? Gender Bias – #KidLitWomen

I’d Really Like to Eat a Child – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I stumbled across this book in our school library. It was lying face up, and I couldn't resist such a terrifying title juxtaposed with an adorable little crocodile. Little Achilles, the crocodile, has grown tired of eating his morning bananas. And despite his mother's protestations, he turns up his long nose and says, "...I'd really … Continue reading I’d Really Like to Eat a Child – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Best Valentine’s Day Party Ever – Contest Entry

Contest Rules: A character must be hopeful 214 words max, title not included Appropriate for ages 12 and under No illustration notes See other stories at Susanna Hill's Valentiny post. Now, for my story in exactly 213 words.   The Best Valentine's Day Party Ever by Jilanne Hoffmann Sal’s a maker. Cal’s a baker. Val’s … Continue reading The Best Valentine’s Day Party Ever – Contest Entry

If You Were the Moon – Perfect Picture Book Friday

If you were the moon, what would you do? Would you just lollygag up there in the sky, lazily rotating about your axis once every 27 days, never showing your dark side to your mama? "Helloooooo up there, moon! I'm sooooo tired. I wish I could do exactly nothing, just like you."   "But I … Continue reading If You Were the Moon – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Moonday – Perfect Picture Book Friday

So tell me, has the moon ever followed you home? You felt it glowing through the back window of your car. Then you turned and saw it hanging low in the sky, suspended by things unseen. And no matter how fast you drove, you couldn't shake it. It threw your shadow across your path as … Continue reading Moonday – Perfect Picture Book Friday

When Your Llama Needs a Haircut

Does your llama need a haircut? Um, not those llamas. YOUR llama.     If you struggle to separate your child from those tangled locks that are threatening to eat his or her head, this is the book for you.     Share this funny, sweet, and so true-to-life tale of llama drama with your … Continue reading When Your Llama Needs a Haircut

Muddy – Perfect Picture Book Friday

"Oh, child.          Long gone.                   Oh, child.                                Sail on." Can you hear it? Can you feel it? The rhythm. The blues. Because this is the story of Muddy … Continue reading Muddy – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Where Are the Words – Perfect Picture Book Friday

As a fan of writing, including punctuation and puns, I got the biggest kick out of: When we first encounter our hero, Period, that little piece of punctuation is inspired: Period asks Paper and Pencil for a little help, but then realizes: Enter Question Mark, who decides to—what do you think Question Mark does? I'll … Continue reading Where Are the Words – Perfect Picture Book Friday