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

This Old Dog – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Have your tissues ready.....but, spoiler alert! The old dog doesn't die. This is not a book about grief. Instead, what we get is an ode to a tiny human breathing life into an old dog. They wander through the world, a world filled with slow delights and ample time to appreciate them. Stopping and smelling … Continue reading This Old Dog – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Huddle Up! Cuddle Up! – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Need a book that will make your energetic child beg to go to bed? Here it is: And if the cover didn't give you a clue as to the energy level of this book, the dedication page will. Enter, dog with football as the family appears to be arriving home from a game. Football fans … Continue reading Huddle Up! Cuddle Up! – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF