Between Us and Abuela – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Although Mitali Perkins has won many awards for her middle grade and YA novels, Between Us and Abuela is her first picture book. And what a debut! She enters the illustrated world with a heart-stopping story about a family separated by more than distance. Abuela lives in Mexico, and her daughter and grandchildren, María and … Continue reading Between Us and Abuela – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Uncle Andy’s – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I confess, I fell in love with an "ancient" picture book from 2003. And for good reason: it's dry, understated humor. And its fah-bu-lous illustrations. I'll tell you right up front. Andy Warhol's brother was a junk man. Such fertile ground for creativity! "Looking back on those days, the one thing I remember most is … Continue reading Uncle Andy’s – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Moby Dick, Robert Frost, and Einstein on the Appalachian Trail

I'd like to introduce you to the Kallin family, my husband's cousins who live in rural Maine. The father (trail name: All In) is an environmental lawyer and their mother (trail name: Mama Bear) is a biologist and farmer extraordinaire. They pulled their two kids, ages 7 (trail name: Cartwheel) and 9 (trail name: Robin … Continue reading Moby Dick, Robert Frost, and Einstein on the Appalachian Trail