Growing Up Gorilla – Perfect Picture and Chapter Book

Here's a book that many may have missed, because it was published right before the crazy days of 2020. And if you missed it, you've missed a heart-filled, award-winning story about a baby gorilla and her mother who doesn't know how to be a mother. It would make a terrific read aloud for early elementary … Continue reading Growing Up Gorilla – Perfect Picture and Chapter Book

Deep, Deep Down – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Gone are the days of nonfiction picture books that read like a desiccated encyclopedia entry. Yay! Announcing... the heyday of beautifully written STEM-oriented picture books!! DEEP, DEEP DOWN is part of this glorious tsunami. With a lyricism that submerges us in the beauty of a secret place that some used to believe was the lair … Continue reading Deep, Deep Down – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A River’s Gifts – Perfect Picture Book Friday

As the threat of climate change becomes more and more scary, it's necessary to focus on the helpers, those who are doing their part to help the planet recover from human mistakes. One such mistake was the damming of the Elwha River on the Olympic Penisula in the Pacific Northwest. Mountain Snow melts. Plip...plop...plip. The … Continue reading A River’s Gifts – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A (little) STEM Halloween – A Halloweensie Contest Entry

A pause for Perfect Picture Book Friday while I take this week to feature Susanna Hill's Halloweensie Contest! There's still time to enter. It's all good fun! THE CONTEST: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in word count) using the words slither, treat, and scare. Your … Continue reading A (little) STEM Halloween – A Halloweensie Contest Entry

A River of Dust – Cover Reveal

Hello everyone! I'm so excited to reveal the cover of my debut picture book, A River of Dust: The Life-Giving Link Between North Africa and the Amazon on VIvian Kirkfield's blog!!! In the flat screen image, you won't be able to see the foil that illuminates the dust. You'll have to hold it in your … Continue reading A River of Dust – Cover Reveal

Acorn Was a Little Wild – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I'm all for personification in picture books, be they lyrical or humorous, and especially when they involve a mix of STEM and social and emotional learning (SEL) topics, like this one. Acorn was a wild little thing, pointy on one end and capped on the other. Text ©Jen Arena. Illustration ©Jessica Gibson He was the … Continue reading Acorn Was a Little Wild – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Ada and the Galaxies – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Welcome to Fall! And a new batch of book reviews, starting with this engaging interaction between grandparents and grandchild: Ada loves the stars, but she lives in the city, where the night sky is ALWAYS washed out by light, so it's a treat when she finally gets to visit her grandparents, Ama and Poobah, on … Continue reading Ada and the Galaxies – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Down Time and Book Update

Our truck against Dune 45 in the Namib Desert. It's hard to believe I started my #KidLit journey in 2012, nearly ten years ago. So I'm thrilled to announce: My debut nonfiction picture book, RIVER OF DUST: How North African Nutrients Nourish the Amazon, is now scheduled for release in July 2023. The manuscript sold … Continue reading Down Time and Book Update

Apple and Magnolia – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Connection. Heart. Hope. This book has it all. (Quick apology. My scanner washed out all of the illustrations, so I used photos.) Text ©Laura Gehl Illustration ©Patricia Metola Britta's two favorite trees,Apple and Magnolia,were best friends.Britta couldn't explain how she wasso sure about the friendship or howthe trees had become best friendsin the first place. … Continue reading Apple and Magnolia – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Iceberg: A Life in Seasons – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I'm sorry to do this to you all, but I just have to share a preview of this book, even though it's not due out until September! It's gorgeous! It's glorious! It's lyrical and inviting and informative and deep. Literally. Gorgeous, translucent illustrations accompany this lyrical exploration of the seasons and wildlife in the Antarctic. … Continue reading Iceberg: A Life in Seasons – Perfect Picture Book Friday