Nigel and the Moon – Perfect Picture Book Friday

There's a book I kept checking out from the library that I finally decided needed a permanent place on my shelf. A boy named Nigel has dreams he only tells the moon, because the moon won't spill his secrets. The moon is a safe confidant. Text ©Antwan Eady Illustration ©Gracey Zhang "Hi. My name's Nigel. … Continue reading Nigel and the Moon – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Love in the Library – Perfect Picture Book Friday

When I first heard Maggie Tokuda-Hall talk about her book based on her grandparents, I knew I had to have it for my own library. It's a true story about how love can miraculously be found under the most trying of circumstances. Take note of the armed guard in the tower outside the window of … Continue reading Love in the Library – Perfect Picture Book Friday

No Bears Allowed – Perfect Picture Book Friday

This week, I'm pleased to present a fabulous new book that takes aim at bias. Those binoculars are a metaphor folks. As adults, we tend to walk around with our perception goggles rigged for bias, possibly through parental conditioning coupled with mass media that insidiously (and often blatantly) establishes and then reinforces cultural, racial, and … Continue reading No Bears Allowed – Perfect Picture Book Friday

After the Fall – Perfect Picture Book Friday

STOP THE PRESSES!!! Announcing the first picture book to win both the Caldecott and the Newbery!!!!  Well, if the judging were up to me, that is. Seriously, folks. This book gobsmacked me. Dan Santat has created a touching, funny book about overcoming your fears, and in the process transforming your life. "My name is Humpty … Continue reading After the Fall – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Night Hiking & Writing – Facing Your Fears

As part of my son's school curriculum, the entire 4/5th grade classes (about 40 kids) went to farm school this past week in rural northern California, a place where you're more likely to encounter a cow, sheep, or bobcat on the road than a vehicle. Hawks and turkey vultures circled overhead while hummingbirds buzzed about … Continue reading Night Hiking & Writing – Facing Your Fears

Open Mic Fright

And so my eight-year-old son, the voracious reader but painfully reluctant writer, has progressed from writing about building a treehouse in Maine with his dad, to a nonfiction report on the Iguanodon with its fearsome thumb spikes, to creating a fictional story about the adventures of Frog the Kitten and Sid the Skunk. Now the … Continue reading Open Mic Fright