Frances in the Country – Perfect Picture Book Friday

As a country kid at heart, I identify with city-living Frances and her itch to DO THINGS! The problem is Text ©Liz Garton Scanlon. Illustration ©Sean Qualls City walls aren't for climbing and city cats aren't for catching. (Don't you just love that alliteration and assonance?) Text ©Liz Garton Scanlon. Illustration ©Sean Qualls City rooms … Continue reading Frances in the Country – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Magic: Once Upon a Faraway Land – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Mirelle Ortega, one of our featured authors at Kidquake this year, is also an illustrator whose debut picture book mirrors its title. It's magic! Let me tell you about the place I'm from, a faraway land brimming with magia. Powerful magic that twists and turns and touches everything around you. Text/Illustration ©Mirelle Ortega With those … Continue reading Magic: Once Upon a Faraway Land – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A Story Is to Share – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What can I say about a book that is so lyrical, so beautifully (and classically) illustrated, and holds up to read after read after read that there is nothing left to say? Well, I do have more to say: This is a story about Ruth Krauss, a child who always finds a way to be … Continue reading A Story Is to Share – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Crab Ballet – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Ladies and gentlemen! Please silence your cell phones and keep those crinkly candy wrappers in your pockets. For your viewing pleasure, I present to you The Crab Ballet!! Sea creatures spring to life in this lyrical, rhyming performance of a picture book, complete with French classical ballet terminology. But first! First! the announcer must make … Continue reading The Crab Ballet – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Dirt Book – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Being a farmer's daughter, I am a fan of dirt and nature in all of its gritty wonderfullness. I also love how poetry helps kids understand science concepts, because they often engage with poems in a different way than if it's just straight prose. That said, the text on the first spread is written in … Continue reading The Dirt Book – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Child of the Flower-Song People – Perfect Picture Book Friday

When I think of the hundreds of years of colonial oppression of indigenous cultures around the world, I wonder how some cultures still survive. And then I read a story like Child of the Flower-Song People, and I realize that those cultures, or the knowledge contained within those cultures, still exist because of individuals who … Continue reading Child of the Flower-Song People – 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

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

insectlopedia – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I found the perfect book in my poetry archives to cover Earth Day and poetry month. From the unusual type font to the illustrations painted in watercolor on primed paper bags with collage, Douglas Florian (a poet and artist), created a strikingly gorgeous book of poetry. Pick an insect on the list, and I can … Continue reading insectlopedia – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Climbing Shadows – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF

When Shannon Bramer began work as a lunchroom supervisor in a kindergarten classroom in Toronto, her job unexpectedly flowered into sharing her passion for writing poetry "during the tiny window of time they had before going outside." She introduced children to the work of many writers, including Gwendolyn Brooks, Emily Dickinson, Frederico García Lorca, Dennis … Continue reading Climbing Shadows – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF