Growing Up Gorilla – Perfect Picture and Chapter Book

Here's a book that many may have missed, because it was published right before the crazy days of 2020. And if you missed it, you've missed a heart-filled, award-winning story about a baby gorilla and her mother who doesn't know how to be a mother. It would make a terrific read aloud for early elementary … Continue reading Growing Up Gorilla – Perfect Picture and Chapter Book

Deep, Deep Down – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Gone are the days of nonfiction picture books that read like a desiccated encyclopedia entry. Yay! Announcing... the heyday of beautifully written STEM-oriented picture books!! DEEP, DEEP DOWN is part of this glorious tsunami. With a lyricism that submerges us in the beauty of a secret place that some used to believe was the lair … Continue reading Deep, Deep Down – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A River’s Gifts – Perfect Picture Book Friday

As the threat of climate change becomes more and more scary, it's necessary to focus on the helpers, those who are doing their part to help the planet recover from human mistakes. One such mistake was the damming of the Elwha River on the Olympic Penisula in the Pacific Northwest. Mountain Snow melts. Plip...plop...plip. The … Continue reading A River’s Gifts – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A River of Dust – Cover Reveal

Hello everyone! I'm so excited to reveal the cover of my debut picture book, A River of Dust: The Life-Giving Link Between North Africa and the Amazon on VIvian Kirkfield's blog!!! In the flat screen image, you won't be able to see the foil that illuminates the dust. You'll have to hold it in your … Continue reading A River of Dust – Cover Reveal

Magic: Once Upon a Faraway Land – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Mirelle Ortega, one of our featured authors at Kidquake this year, is also an illustrator whose debut picture book mirrors its title. It's magic! Let me tell you about the place I'm from, a faraway land brimming with magia. Powerful magic that twists and turns and touches everything around you. Text/Illustration ©Mirelle Ortega With those … Continue reading Magic: Once Upon a Faraway Land – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A Story Is to Share – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What can I say about a book that is so lyrical, so beautifully (and classically) illustrated, and holds up to read after read after read that there is nothing left to say? Well, I do have more to say: This is a story about Ruth Krauss, a child who always finds a way to be … Continue reading A Story Is to Share – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Down Time and Book Update

Our truck against Dune 45 in the Namib Desert. It's hard to believe I started my #KidLit journey in 2012, nearly ten years ago. So I'm thrilled to announce: My debut nonfiction picture book, RIVER OF DUST: How North African Nutrients Nourish the Amazon, is now scheduled for release in July 2023. The manuscript sold … Continue reading Down Time and Book Update

See You Someday Soon – Perfect Picture Book Friday

In this fun, heart-filled book, a child is missing a special person who lives very far away. Their missing isn't sappy or sentimental. No. No. No, it isn't. It's expressed in a childlike way. Text ©Pat Zietlow Miller Illustration ©Suzy Lee Someday soon,I'll see you.Even thoughyou are there. Text ©Pat Zietlow Miller Illustration ©Suzy Lee … Continue reading See You Someday Soon – Perfect Picture Book Friday

American Desi – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Let's take a trip with this exuberant girl as she crosses back and forth over the great divide of her two cultures, and figures out just who she is: not one or the other, but a product of both. Text ©Jyoti Rajan Gopal. Illustration ©Supriya Kelkar Festive henna, garnet redBindis, bangles, desi queenFantasy hair,seafoam green...Which … Continue reading American Desi – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Iceberg: A Life in Seasons – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I'm sorry to do this to you all, but I just have to share a preview of this book, even though it's not due out until September! It's gorgeous! It's glorious! It's lyrical and inviting and informative and deep. Literally. Gorgeous, translucent illustrations accompany this lyrical exploration of the seasons and wildlife in the Antarctic. … Continue reading Iceberg: A Life in Seasons – Perfect Picture Book Friday