Swashby and the Sea – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I don't know about you all, but I'm desperately feeling the need for a little sweetness of spirit and connection. When this book arrived this week, it felt like it could help heal a tiny part of what's broken in our world. Swashby's an old salt, a curmudgeon, a grumpy old man who has no … Continue reading Swashby and the Sea – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

my best friend – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Now for a Perfect PIcture Book Friday selection that's particularly poignant in these days of isolation mid COVID-19. Ah, the playground. Remember that? Children playing together. It already feels like so long ago. And the thrill of finding a new friend. Look at that body language! i have a new friend and her hair is … Continue reading my best friend – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Nobody Hugs a Cactus – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Sometimes a book shows up in my hold stack, and I can't remember where I heard about it. But  I'm always grateful for the surprise. The book that arrived, NOBODY HUGS A CACTUS, took me down memory lane, and my university years in Tucson, Arizona, where I earned a degree in Industrial Engineering. It took … Continue reading Nobody Hugs a Cactus – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Sophie and Little Star – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Sometimes you want a rollicking read aloud picture book. Sometimes you want informative and fun. And sometimes you want something quiet and sweet, especially at bedtime. For those winding down minutes, what could be better than a story about a little girl who helps a fallen, tiny twinkle of star find her way back to … Continue reading Sophie and Little Star – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

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

Pip & Pup – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I don't often review wordless picture books, but I was smitten by this book: Why? The huge humor and heart factor. Those who are "only" writers (like me) must infuse the text with heart, and then leave it to illustrators to fulfill what is promised in the text by adding their own form of magic. … Continue reading Pip & Pup – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Lucy and the String – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I love the magic that can happen when picture books are written by author/illustrators. Lucy and the String is one of those magical books. At first I felt like I was being—ah—strung along.   What do you think is at the end of that string? Take a moment to observe Lucy's face in that moment … Continue reading Lucy and the String – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Friends Stick Together – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Friends Stick Together is surprising, a brilliant pairing, and very funny. Before the story starts, we're clued into the personalities of the two main characters right on the title page: A studious rhino. And a cheeky tickbird. Publisher's description:  Rupert is a rhinoceros of refined sensibilities. Levi, the new tickbird in class, is not. He burps … Continue reading Friends Stick Together – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Story of a Little Mouse Building a House – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I organized our school's annual book swap this year, where families bring in bags of books they no longer want, the library committee sorts them, and then students, parents, and staff select books to supplement their summer reading. Any books remaining at the end of the swap get donated to a community thrift store. Kids … Continue reading Story of a Little Mouse Building a House – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Nerdy Bird Tweets – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I have to tell you, the minute I saw the cover of this book, I was smitten. And then the first spread captured what was left of my heart: Nerdy Birdy and Vulture are best friends but they don't see eye to eye. (Illustrators take note of the Hello Birdy lunchbox.) Nerdy Birdy and Vulture … Continue reading Nerdy Bird Tweets – Perfect Picture Book Friday