My Friend Earth – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Two weeks into self-isolation, and I'm appreciating my daily outing to walk the dog. The sun, the wind, the bird calls, all serve to lift my spirits. So for my last selection for Women's History Month, I'm giving a nod to Mother Earth, our greatest female icon, by featuring Patricia MacLachlan's stunning new ode to … Continue reading My Friend Earth – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Instructions Not Included – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

For Women's History Month, let's celebrate these women and how they "Coded the Future!" I love how children's authors are unearthing and writing about the untold stories of women's  contributions to our world. INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED exposes kids to three more women who were fabulous mathematicians, the forerunners of today's computer coders. These three women … Continue reading Instructions Not Included – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

STOP THE PRESSES!!! Here I was, ready to feature a completely different book this week for Women's History Month, when this book usurped its place. I feel it is fitting because worker bees are female, AND as the back matter states: "One out of every three mouthfuls of food in the American diet is, in … Continue reading Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Feed Your Mind – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Some picture book biographies are meant to be read by older elementary school kids. For example: a story about the events that turned August Wilson into a poet and playwright who goes on to win two Pulitzer prizes. Bryant's language is suitably lyrical for the subject. They call it "Little Harlem"—the city within a city. … Continue reading Feed Your Mind – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The Lost Forest – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I love learning things from nonfiction picture books, not unlike certain Jeopardy champions. In this case, the book asks the question:  "How do you lose a forest?" The author, aptly named Phylis Root, goes on to explain: You might think a forest would be hard to lose. But in Minnesota in 1882 a survey crew … Continue reading The Lost Forest – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

A Girl Called Genghis Khan – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF – Multicultural Children’s Book Day

In the spirit of multicultural children's book day AND Perfect Picture Book Friday, I decided to feature a book I love about a courageous woman, Ghengis Khan (aka Maria Toorpakai Wazir). What does Maria, a girl being raised in a rural area of Pakistan, do when she doesn't want to conform to Pashtun tribal culture … Continue reading A Girl Called Genghis Khan – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF – Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Express Delivery From Dinosaur World – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I missed last week's post due to Kidquake, the elementary school program of the Litquake Literary Festival in San Francisco. We wrangled about 800 kids, plus their teachers and chaperones through four assemblies, 10 workshops, and hundreds of books. All FREE for registered classes. And only one fire alarm pulled by a particularly exuberant child. … Continue reading Express Delivery From Dinosaur World – 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

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