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 Wind-Borne Nutrients from North Africa Nourish the Amazon Rainforest, is now scheduled for release in July 2023. … 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

Apple and Magnolia – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Connection. Heart. Hope. This book has it all. (Quick apology. My scanner washed out all of the illustrations, so I used photos.) Text ©Laura Gehl Illustration ©Patricia Metola Britta's two favorite trees,Apple and Magnolia,were best friends.Britta couldn't explain how she wasso sure about the friendship or howthe trees had become best friendsin the first place. … Continue reading Apple and Magnolia – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Don’t Eat Bees – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Meet Chip, a dog who knows how to establish credibility immediately, or lose his audience. He claims he's smart and experienced. He knows important dog things. And he's not impressed with where cats, like Mittens, do their business. Text ©Dev Petty Illustration ©Mike Boldt Using a fine example of the distributive property, Chip shows off … Continue reading Don’t Eat Bees – 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

Boobies – Perfect Picture Book Friday

For the longest time, I've been in love with Nancy Vo's fictional stories, my two favorites being The Ranger and The Outlaw, the first two in the Crow trilogy. The third is slated for publication in 2024. I had planned on waiting until July to feature this nonfiction book, but I love it so much, … Continue reading Boobies – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Lizzy and the Cloud – Perfect Picture Book Friday

People often use words like "classic" or "timeless" to describe picture books that will stand the test of time. I'd like to introduce you to a brand-new classic. It is Saturday. And on Saturdays, Lizzy goes for a walk with her parents to this lovely park. Text/Illustration ©The Fan Brothers And what does Lizzy want … Continue reading Lizzy and the Cloud – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Attention musicians! Well, really anyone who wants to be inspired by a woman who created "her own story," who didn't "wait for things to happen" to her, who "made her own opportunities." Text ©Shannon Stocker Illustration ©Devon Holzwarth Here is Evelyn, enjoying life on her family's farm in Aberdeen, Scotland. This image took me back … Continue reading Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Monsters in the Briny – Perfect Picture Book Friday

At last! A book that seeks to answer the burning question: What do you do with a grumpy kraken?Crabby, cranky, crusty kraken?What do you do with a grumpy kraken?Kraken in the briny. Text ©Lynn Becker Illustration ©Scott Brundage (My apologies for the washed out colors. The pages are quite glossy and do not photograph well.) … Continue reading Monsters in the Briny – Perfect Picture Book Friday