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

Going Down Home With Daddy – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I was leafing through a pile of picture books (imagine that!), and found this gem. Daniel Minter's acrylic wash illustrations are vibrant and luminous in this 2019 Caldecott Honor book. They make me feel like I am peering through the translucent glass of time at a memory. Pure magic. On reunion morning, we rise before … Continue reading Going Down Home With Daddy – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Swashby and the Sea – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I don't know about you all, but I'm desperately feeling the need for a little sweetness of spirit and connection. When this book arrived this week, it felt like it could help heal a tiny part of what's broken in our world. Swashby's an old salt, a curmudgeon, a grumpy old man who has no … Continue reading Swashby and the Sea – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Outside In – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Anyone else feeling cooped up? Itching to get outside? Here's a little treat to get you primed for opening the door. If that cover doesn't grab you, perhaps the opening spread with its collective first person assertion will: Once we were part of Outside and Outside was part of us. There was nothing between us. … Continue reading Outside In – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Martin & Mahalia – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Thinking quite a bit about the late 60s right now. So I'm pulling a book from my collection to feature this week, The story opens with an invitation:   You are here. Let the map lead the way. Let the dove fly ahead. On the path. To the dream. To the words. And the songs. … Continue reading Martin & Mahalia – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Dusk Explorers – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

As school winds down during spring's last gasp, children everywhere are looking forward to the long, lazy days of summer. But not just the days, the crepuscular hour that signals day's end. For many, it's the time to get outside after the heat of the day (sorry, San Francisco kids, summer is really winter, here) … Continue reading Dusk Explorers – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

my best friend – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Now for a Perfect PIcture Book Friday selection that's particularly poignant in these days of isolation mid COVID-19. Ah, the playground. Remember that? Children playing together. It already feels like so long ago. And the thrill of finding a new friend. Look at that body language! i have a new friend and her hair is … Continue reading my best friend – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Anya’s Secret Society – Perfect Picture Book Friday

When I was in elementary school, one of my cousins told me her teacher rapped her knuckles with a ruler if she wrote with her left hand. (She attended a Catholic school many years ago.) So she learned to write with her right hand at school, but switched to her left to do her homework. … Continue reading Anya’s Secret Society – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Ranger – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Back when I could eat out and then wander through the depths of San Francisco's many indie bookstores, I found myself browsing the children's section at Green Apple on Clement Street. This book caught my eye. The color palette was unusual for a picture book. The dark stranger on the cover evoked a sense of … Continue reading The Ranger – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The Hundred-Year Barn – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Once a farm girl, always a farm girl. So it's especially lovely to go back to my roots via the prose of the fabulous Patricia MacLachlan. The hundred-year barn was built one summer in our meadow with a small stream running through. It was built by townspeople: fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, grandmothers and … Continue reading The Hundred-Year Barn – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF