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

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

Nonfiction vs. Fiction – Seeking Truth in Squaw Valley

God, I love the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Spending a week with 150 other people who are as connected to writing as emphysema patients are to their oxygen tanks is nothing short of nirvana. When I attended Squaw, I focused solely on fiction writing. No big surprise given my MFA. But during the … Continue reading Nonfiction vs. Fiction – Seeking Truth in Squaw Valley

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

Twists & Turns – A Writing Life

At 9:30pm last night, as I was sitting down to write my Perfect Picture Book Friday post, the movers arrived—with furniture from my husband's office. His company is going virtual, so what to do with all that stuff? Well, some was sold, some was given away to employees, and some was supposed to come to … Continue reading Twists & Turns – A Writing Life

Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Never judge an actress by her glamor or profession, because there may be something under that camera-ready veneer. In Hedy Lamarr's case, there was an extremely creative brain, one that worked nonstop, even while she was acting. Jacket flap: "Meet savvy scientist and inventor Hedy Lamarr, also known for her career as a glamorous international … Continue reading Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Action Jackson – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I found Action Jackson while wandering through the library the other day, looking for mentor texts for a picture book biography about artists that I'm writing. Although the longer text (1,885 words) reveals that it's an older title (2002), I wanted to feature it here because I LOVE it! The opening: "In the afternoon, Jackson … Continue reading Action Jackson – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I Am Farmer – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  Some kids are drawn to build, some to dance, some to sing or write or draw or do math or reach for the stars....so many paths and possibilities. And then we come to a child in Cameroon. Tantoh, a young boy in Cameroon, is drawn to the earth. He is fascinated by how plants … Continue reading I Am Farmer – Perfect Picture Book Friday