Between Us and Abuela – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Although Mitali Perkins has won many awards for her middle grade and YA novels, Between Us and Abuela is her first picture book. And what a debut! She enters the illustrated world with a heart-stopping story about a family separated by more than distance. Abuela lives in Mexico, and her daughter and grandchildren, María and … Continue reading Between Us and Abuela – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

RISE! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I'm so thrilled to finally hold this book in my hands! I've loved Maya Angelou's work for what seems like forever, but is more like forty years. Well, to some that would be forever. In this stellar biography, we get to focus on how the little girl transformed into the amazing woman we all remember. … Continue reading RISE! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Sophie and Little Star – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Sometimes you want a rollicking read aloud picture book. Sometimes you want informative and fun. And sometimes you want something quiet and sweet, especially at bedtime. For those winding down minutes, what could be better than a story about a little girl who helps a fallen, tiny twinkle of star find her way back to … Continue reading Sophie and Little Star – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The Eye That Never Sleeps – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I was combing through my stacks last night, looking for a different picture book, when I spied a lavender spine. There aren't many picture books with a lavender, orange, red, and brown palette. And how unusual for a book about Detective Pinkerton, the immigrant who saved President Lincoln from assassination. In that moment, I remembered … Continue reading The Eye That Never Sleeps – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Born Bad – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I've been smitten with BORN BAD for some time, now. The cover screamed "Pick me up!" And what I found on the interior whispered, "Take me home." I did. Doesn't that look like an evil wolf? A big bad wolf? A wolf on the wrong side of the law? But it turns out that: Wolfie … Continue reading Born Bad – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Edgar’s Second Word – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Sometimes I wander through the children's section of the library and wait for a cover to catch my eye. Like this one: Look at that stack of books in big sister's arms. See her expectant, even eager, face.  Look at that darling toddler with a stuffy in his arms. Perhaps he's looking a little recalcitrant? … Continue reading Edgar’s Second Word – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Very Impatient Caterpillar – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Look out Very Hungry Caterpillar, there's a new guy in town: And he happens to be a very funny, impatient caterpillar. One who wonders where all those other caterpillars are going... Metamorphosis??? Never heard of it! But once he's told he can become a butterfly, he wants to be part of the action, too. Yes, … Continue reading The Very Impatient Caterpillar – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Sweety – Perfect Picture Book Friday

In 2013, Andrea Zuill made a big splash in our region by winning the "Best Portfolio" award at the SCBWI Golden Gate Conference. The honor was well-deserved. In Sweety, every line of Andrea's work is so expressive, I found myself laughing and crying over a naked mole rat who wears clothes. In other words, Sweety … Continue reading Sweety – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Four Otters Toboggan – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I never thought I'd be smitten by a counting book. And I'm still not smitten by a counting book, because FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN is so much more than that. It's an ode to nature, a prayer, a salute, a love letter, a bedtime lullaby—all in the guise of a counting book. First the love letter … Continue reading Four Otters Toboggan – Perfect Picture Book Friday

No Bears Allowed – Perfect Picture Book Friday

This week, I'm pleased to present a fabulous new book that takes aim at bias. Those binoculars are a metaphor folks. As adults, we tend to walk around with our perception goggles rigged for bias, possibly through parental conditioning coupled with mass media that insidiously (and often blatantly) establishes and then reinforces cultural, racial, and … Continue reading No Bears Allowed – Perfect Picture Book Friday