Opening the Road – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Victor Hugo Green was tired of hearing no.Victor loved the freedom of driving on the open road,but too often the road was closed to him. It was like thisfor most Black people in the United States.When he and his wife, Alma, traveled from New York to Virginia to visit family, they riskedgetting turned away, yelled … Continue reading Opening the Road – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A Whale of a Mistake – Perfect Picture Book Friday

None of us worry about making mistakes, right? Right. Well, just in case you do, take a look at this lovely book. The first illustration is up close and personal: Text/Illustration ©️Ioana Hobai The text addresses the reader directly: Text/Illustration ©️Ioana Hobai Oh, no! What did I do? How could I have done something so … Continue reading A Whale of a Mistake – Perfect Picture Book Friday

It Will Be OK – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Text ©️Lisa Katzenberger Illus. ©️Jaclyn Sinquett I fell in love at first sight with sweet Giraffe and Zebra's outstretched arms. Yes, smitten by a cover. So often that's the first thing that grabs the eye of the parent or child in the bookstore or library. And when I read the first spread, I was hooked. … Continue reading It Will Be OK – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Dark Was the Night – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Can you name the blind Black man whose music was recorded on a Golden Record called "The Sounds of Earth," placed in a time capsule in 1977, and sent out of our solar system on Voyager I? No? Here's a book that gives the man, Willie Johnson, his due: Instead of starting off with the … Continue reading Dark Was the Night – Perfect Picture Book Friday

“Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Was it the great Shakes who said: A nose by any other name would smell as accurately? Yes, I think he was the one. And I think he was talking about the young James Kelly in search of a career, of something that would make him special. His future was out there. He could almost … Continue reading “Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses – Perfect Picture Book Friday

My Bison – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Occasionally, I read a picture book that makes me wonder how so few words can contain such depth. The answer is often a pesky critter that taps at a dark window, only to disappear when I turn to look. One thing I've noticed is that these kinds of picture books usually come from an author … Continue reading My Bison – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Girl on a Motorcycle – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Amy Novesky has no interest in writing a standard biography. I'm thinking specifically of her books, Cloth Lullaby: the Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois; Mi, Frida; and Imogen: The Mother of Modernism and Three Boys. I imagine her focusing a wide angle lens on her subject, then combing through every wavelength of light until it … Continue reading Girl on a Motorcycle – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Louis – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

From day one... [page turn]things have gone downhill.I've been a pillow...[page turn]a hankie...and lunch for a prehistoric beast. Poor Louis. Can't a bear get a little respect around here? I'm tempted to show you the three spreads associated with the above text, but I don't want to spoil your fun. I will, however, show you … Continue reading Louis – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Seven Golden Rings – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Seven Golden Rings is a tale of longing, of using your cleverness for survival, a tale where your journey to fulfill your dream ends up bringing you something unexpected. Text ©️Rajani LaRocca Illustration ©️Archana Sreenivasan Long ago there lived a kind rajah who ruled over vast lands.He loved music, and gathered the finest players and … Continue reading Seven Golden Rings – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Promises Are For – 10th Annual Holiday Contest

Once again, deadlines have driven me to create something new. Plus, it's hard to resist writing a story for Susanna Hill's 10th Annual Holiday Contest. The rules: 250 or fewer words, not including the titleHoliday helpers or helping must be a major theme, not just incidental to the main storyMust be targeted toward kids, ages … Continue reading Promises Are For – 10th Annual Holiday Contest