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

Friends Stick Together – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Friends Stick Together is surprising, a brilliant pairing, and very funny. Before the story starts, we're clued into the personalities of the two main characters right on the title page: A studious rhino. And a cheeky tickbird. Publisher's description:  Rupert is a rhinoceros of refined sensibilities. Levi, the new tickbird in class, is not. He burps … Continue reading Friends Stick Together – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Grandmas From Mars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Just in time for Halloween, we have— It starts off innocently enough when Fred and Nell's parents head off for a pleasant evening, leaving the kids with Grandma: Pretty dull, isn't it? Grandmas all over the world are babysitting their grandchildren.... Should we just close this yawner right now? Talk about bait and switch! Where … Continue reading Grandmas From Mars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Misunderstood Shark – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Ready for a new take on JAWS? Well, a picture book take filled with dark humor, that is... So here we are watching Underwater World with our host, Bob the jelly, when—  Luckily, shark finds out that the cameras are rolling and changes tacks to save his image, saying "...showing him my new tooth!" While … Continue reading Misunderstood Shark – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Super Saurus and the Egg – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Looking for a funny twist on the "new baby in the house" picture book? Look no further. Deborah Underwood has it covered with a mash-up of space aliens and dinosaurs in comic book technicolor: Arnold, aka Super Saurus, is busy happily battling Zottlebots— when his parents interrupt to show him their egg. Arnold's nonchalant response? … Continue reading Super Saurus and the Egg – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Story of a Little Mouse Building a House – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I organized our school's annual book swap this year, where families bring in bags of books they no longer want, the library committee sorts them, and then students, parents, and staff select books to supplement their summer reading. Any books remaining at the end of the swap get donated to a community thrift store. Kids … Continue reading Story of a Little Mouse Building a House – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Guest Post – Rutgers One-on-One Conference

See that lighthouse? That was me at the Rutgers One-on-One Conference last year, a juried one-day event that pairs writers/illustrators with editors, agents and published authors. Fellow #kidlit author, Jennifer Prevost, just posted my rundown and tips about the conference. If you're wondering what it was like, or if you're thinking about applying, take a … Continue reading Guest Post – Rutgers One-on-One Conference

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

The Shape of the World – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Now that my son is applying for high school architecture and design programs, my lens is focused on all things architecture. I see references everywhere, from Vince Scully's obit in the NY Times, to a new picture book biography about Zaha Hadid, to two picture book biographies of Maya Lin, Legos' architecture building series (including … Continue reading The Shape of the World – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Behold, the Chupacabra!!! What's a chupacabra you may ask? No one really knows what they look like, for they've never been caught. The name literally means "goat sucker." When Ana Aranda, the illustrator for this book, was growing up in Mexico, she and her friends told stories about the chupacabra. How you shouldn't let your … Continue reading The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra – Perfect Picture Book Friday