Lights, Camera, CARMEN! – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Get ready for a strong, character-driven story. Meet CARMEN. But who's that kid in the background? Oh yeah, her little brother, Eduardo. Everything we need to know about the relationship between Carmen and Eduardo is shown on the title page: She is the star. He is her eager acolyte. On the first spread, it's made … Continue reading Lights, Camera, CARMEN! – Perfect Picture Book Friday

WIN SCAMPERS!

Everyone and anyone who wants to be a critical thinker needs to understand the scientific method. Perhaps a certain Cheeto-in-Chief would have taken a different path if he’d only learned this lesson. But maybe it’s not too late! Maybe if you win this book, you could send it to him. He and his henchmen could do experiments to understand the difference between fact and fiction.

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But wait, it’s still a book, even if it does have pictures. There are still words to be read. And I forgot for a moment that our Cheeto-in-Chief doesn’t read. His gut tells him things, kind of like a psychic. So I guess that leaves him in the group of frightened mice who believe the owl is real. Maybe that owl is a metaphor for a wall. Maybe. Maybe it’s late, and I’m rambling.

In any case, go enter to win Mike Allegra’s new book, Scampers Thinks Like a Scientist! All you have to do is answer one thought-provoking question. I hear there’s going to be another science march. Once you read this book, you’ll be prepared. Your children/students will be prepared. But don’t expect the Cheeto-in-Chief to listen. Happy Reading!

Hey, Look! A Writer Fellow!

It’s time to win a signed, hardcover copy my new picture book: Scampers Thinks Like A Scientist!

Scampers Thinks Like a Scientist is the book that received a five-star review from Foreward Reviews. It’s the book that nabbed a glowing notice from the difficult-to-please Kirkus. And it’s the book that stars the cutest mouse in the history of ever.

Oh. My. God. Just look at that widdle face!

So let’s get started!

How To Enter

To enter the Scampers drawing, all you need to do is leave a comment below that answers this question:

Which fictional character would you most want to have as a next-door neighbor?

That’s it! Leave a comment and you’ll be entered in the random drawing for Scampers!

But Wait!

Do you already have a copy of Scampers? That’s great! Thank you!

Enter the contest anyway.

After all, if you win, you can…

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Ick! Fran’s Tick!

What comes to mind when you read this title? If you're a child, well, it's obvious, right? Ew!     But if you're a poet like Michael Odom, it's secret code, a play on words, for ekphrastic. Odom explains that ekphrastic is "a very big, very cool word that will impress a teacher and probably … Continue reading Ick! Fran’s Tick!

She Made a Monster – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Frankenstein was not a "must read" for those of us becoming engineers in the early 1980s. I'd heard of the monster, but had no idea of the story behind it. Now, it appears to be required reading for those capable of creating any sort of biological or technological monster, intentional or otherwise. Many consider this … Continue reading She Made a Monster – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Everybody’s Favorite Book – Perfect Picture Book Friday

And now it's time for— I know what you're thinking: that's a pretty tall order, isn't it? Everybody's Favorite Book! Just how does one achieve this level of perfection? By giving the customer everything they want, in succession, of course! And in sometimes over-the-top silliness that is sure to leave those tykes rolling on the … Continue reading Everybody’s Favorite Book – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies – Perfect (Older, Nonfiction) Picture Book Friday

I don't often feature long nonfiction books, but I was smitten and gobsmacked (I love both of those words) by "The Girl Who Drew Butterflies," a new 148-page picture book by the poet, Joyce Sidman. Maria Merian was born in Germany in the mid 1600s. If you haven't heard of her, you're not alone. She's … Continue reading The Girl Who Drew Butterflies – Perfect (Older, Nonfiction) Picture Book Friday

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

It appears that novels in verse are now the rage (at least for me), and it's a good rage (as opposed to the other rage I've been feeling lately.) I just finished the dazzling debut YA novel: by Elizabeth Acevedo, longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. In another life, Ms. … Continue reading The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Iver & Ellsworth – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Every once in awhile, a picture book comes along that falls into the deep well of classic reader response literature. A "quiet" book that reverberates for miles underground like the subtlest of seismic tremors. And it does this through the perfect marriage of evocative text and art. The story begins immediately, as the illustrator makes … Continue reading Iver & Ellsworth – 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

Serendipity Strikes (AKR Moment)

Have you ever had an Amy Krouse Rosenthal (AKR) moment? Yesterday, I casually bought Terry Tempest Williams' book, "When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice." I read the title and decided to buy it. I didn't look inside. It just seemed like something I needed to read. When I opened it this morning, I … Continue reading Serendipity Strikes (AKR Moment)