Magic: Once Upon a Faraway Land – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Mirelle Ortega, one of our featured authors at Kidquake this year, is also an illustrator whose debut picture book mirrors its title. It's magic! Let me tell you about the place I'm from, a faraway land brimming with magia. Powerful magic that twists and turns and touches everything around you. Text/Illustration ©Mirelle Ortega With those … Continue reading Magic: Once Upon a Faraway Land – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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

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

Survivor Tree – Perfect Picture Book Friday

This book may have been written for kids but it is also appropriate for anyone who seeks inspiration and hope for a better future. In this case, hope comes in the form of a tree. Text ©️Marcie Colleen Illustration ©️Aaron Becker A tree stood steel-straight and proudat the foot of the towers that filled the … Continue reading Survivor Tree – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Dark Was the Night – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Can you name the blind Black man whose music was recorded on a Golden Record called "The Sounds of Earth," placed in a time capsule in 1977, and sent out of our solar system on Voyager I? No? Here's a book that gives the man, Willie Johnson, his due: Instead of starting off with the … Continue reading Dark Was the Night – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Uncanny, Hope, and the Short Story

As part of San Francisco's LitQuake Literary Festival, I attended a Word for Word staged reading of Dan Chaon's short story, "Stay Awake," last night at Z-Space. It was memorable for two reasons: 1) It was the first time I'd tasted Sofia, champagne in a can, a venture of the Coppola vineyard. A Blanc de Blancs, … Continue reading The Uncanny, Hope, and the Short Story