The Hundred-Year Barn – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Once a farm girl, always a farm girl. So it's especially lovely to go back to my roots via the prose of the fabulous Patricia MacLachlan. The hundred-year barn was built one summer in our meadow with a small stream running through. It was built by townspeople: fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, grandmothers and … Continue reading The Hundred-Year Barn – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Instructions Not Included – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

For Women's History Month, let's celebrate these women and how they "Coded the Future!" I love how children's authors are unearthing and writing about the untold stories of women's  contributions to our world. INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED exposes kids to three more women who were fabulous mathematicians, the forerunners of today's computer coders. These three women … Continue reading Instructions Not Included – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The Lost Forest – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I love learning things from nonfiction picture books, not unlike certain Jeopardy champions. In this case, the book asks the question:  "How do you lose a forest?" The author, aptly named Phylis Root, goes on to explain: You might think a forest would be hard to lose. But in Minnesota in 1882 a survey crew … Continue reading The Lost Forest – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The Eye That Never Sleeps – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I was combing through my stacks last night, looking for a different picture book, when I spied a lavender spine. There aren't many picture books with a lavender, orange, red, and brown palette. And how unusual for a book about Detective Pinkerton, the immigrant who saved President Lincoln from assassination. In that moment, I remembered … Continue reading The Eye That Never Sleeps – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The Book of Chocolate by H.P. Newquist

Are you drooling yet? Go ahead, wipe your chin. I'll wait. Just in time for Halloween! A treatise on that treat of treats!!! To research this book about chocolate, Newquist suffered through chocolate tasting after tasting, from "Venice to Vietnam." I'm sure it was a horrible slog. Who isn't interested in chocolate? But, arguably, a … Continue reading The Book of Chocolate by H.P. Newquist

Harlem: A Poem by Walter Dean Myers

In honor of National Poetry Month and Perfect Picture Book Friday, I'm shining the spotlight on a brilliant Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Award Winner from 1997: "They took to the road in Waycross, Georgia Skipped over the tracks in East St. Louis Took the bus from Holly Springs Hitched a ride from Gee's Bend … Continue reading Harlem: A Poem by Walter Dean Myers