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

One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

First thing I've got to say: This is NOT a simple, boring counting book. It is, as a reviewer for School Library Journal states, “Stunning…brilliantly colored…striking… [with] Just the right amount of tension, delicious vocabulary…" The attention to detail is fabulous, with the front end papers leading the way. The tension begins even before the … Continue reading One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller – 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

Freedom Soup – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I feel compelled to add my voice to those who are lauding FREEDOM SOUP! As you can see from the cover, it's not going to be your everyday dull, boring history lesson. This story will be a shared cooking and dancing celebratory experience, one where we learn how the slaves of Haiti overthrew their oppressors … Continue reading Freedom Soup – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Double-Crossed Hearts – #Valentiny Contest

Once again, I'm taking the plunge into Susanna Hill's Valentiny contest, where participants must write a story that is 214 words or fewer (title not included). AND this year, it must contain a character who is curious. They can be curious about anything. No illustration notes are allowed, so even though this is an exercise … Continue reading Double-Crossed Hearts – #Valentiny Contest

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

Nobody Hugs a Cactus – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Sometimes a book shows up in my hold stack, and I can't remember where I heard about it. But  I'm always grateful for the surprise. The book that arrived, NOBODY HUGS A CACTUS, took me down memory lane, and my university years in Tucson, Arizona, where I earned a degree in Industrial Engineering. It took … Continue reading Nobody Hugs a Cactus – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF