Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane

To Emma Lilian Todd, problems were likegusts of wind: they set her mind soaring. This lyrical sentence introduces us to a girl aswirl with ideas, curiosity, and a tinkering spirit. Just HOW do things work? Lilian figures things out. But what can a girl in the late 1800s do, if the world isn't quite ready … Continue reading Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane

The Paper Kingdom – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I was 21 and thoughtless. I and my co-workers ate popcorn with abandon, not thinking about the mess we made in the office. We were engineers, focused on producing mainframe (does that date me?) computer equipment and not much else. So when the cleaning staff asked us to be less messy, we were shocked out … Continue reading The Paper Kingdom – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The Barnabus Project – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Everything about this picture book screams: ART OBJECT!! From the cover: to the boards hiding under the dust jacket: To the end papers (apologies for the glare on these two spreads): To the exquisitely detailed spreads: This book is a visual feast. And the story? It is dream-like science fiction in picture book form. Barnabus, … Continue reading The Barnabus Project – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Gurple and Preen – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Looking for a fun read? One written and illustrated by the legendary pair, Linda Sue Park and Debbie Ridpath Ohi? Here you go: Oh, no! A spaceship filled with crayons and two robots has crash-landed on a barren planet! What's a robot to do? Well, if you're Gurple, you panic. "Preen? Preen, where are you?" … Continue reading Gurple and Preen – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I'm excited to show you one of the books we're featuring at Kidquake 2020 during San Francisco's LITQUAKE Literary Festival. Meera Sriram has written a love letter in the form of a child's search to find a special gift for her mother. The sun grows bright. The street is busy. It's market day in town! … Continue reading A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I Am the Jungle: A Yoga Adventure – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

With everyone sitting in front of screens for so many hours each day, I thought it would be refreshing to feature a gorgeously illustrated book that's easy on the eyes while encouraging your inner yogi to get out of the chair and take off on a jungle adventure. The story opens with a classroom of … Continue reading I Am the Jungle: A Yoga Adventure – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Show Way – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Going back 15 years, today, because I just read a beautiful autobiographical story told by an amazing writer you may have heard of: Jacqueline Woodson. And yes, it won a Newbery Honor. The cover's die cut diamond with patchwork border, reveals a child with a lantern. And that lantern illuminates a quilt, a "show way" … Continue reading Show Way – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The Farm That Feeds Us – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Where does our food come from? Here's an answer that looks more like traditional farming as opposed to the huge farms that harvest soy beans and corn (especially the corn products that end up in so many of our processed foods. If you want more info on that topic, check out the film King Corn, … Continue reading The Farm That Feeds Us – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Mootilda’s Bad Mood – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Announcing a fabulous new book for all those mooooody little critters out there. You know who you are. Look at that face! Mootilda woke up in a huff with hay stuck in her hair. "What's going on? My pillow's gone. My doll's way over there!" She hugged her moomaw cow who said, "Oh sweetie, have … Continue reading Mootilda’s Bad Mood – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Numbers in Motion: Sophie Kowalevski, Queen of Mathematics #PPBF

When you can't sleep at night, do you lie awake in the dark, wondering what kind of equation would describe the rotation of a wobbling top? If your answer is yes, you're in good company. Meet Sophie Kowalevski, a Russian mathematician born in 1850, who spent years pondering this question. But because she was a … Continue reading Numbers in Motion: Sophie Kowalevski, Queen of Mathematics #PPBF