The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors – Perfect Picture Book Friday

As we prepare to do battle in the name of science on Earth Day tomorrow, I thought I'd put the spotlight on the legendary battles being played across the country, the ones happening in school yards, classrooms, and perhaps during dinner when children are challenged to eat their vegetables, no matter how odious.   Picture … Continue reading The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Brief Thief – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Made it through Reading for Research Month (ReFoReMo), the picture book marathon of reading and studying various picture book attributes, so now it's time to recommend perhaps a book or two from my reading that were not on the prescribed reading list. While I was combing the stacks of the San Francisco Public Library's children's picture … Continue reading Brief Thief – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Dragon Was Terrible – Perfect Picture Book Friday

It's Fall!! It's time for Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday!   We all know those little dragons who just can't behave. They're busy coloring on the walls. Playing pranks. Throwing sand. This story is about an incorrigible dragon, just like the ones you may have at home—only worse. The dragon terrorizes villagers, spitting … Continue reading Dragon Was Terrible – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Listen to Your Mother – video release!!!

So while I'm frantically revising picture book manuscripts to take to Highlights Summer Camp,     Listen To Your Mother released the 2016 videos from shows in 41 cities. As promised, here's my piece in the San Francisco Show! It was a privilege and an honor to be on stage with such amazing women. Cheers! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s145rabK20

Parts and Even More Parts – Perfect Picture Book Friday

So you're looking for a couple of books from a brilliant author/illustrator? Ones that will make kids say "ewwww" page after page, all while laughing uproariously? Ones that kids will want to read again and again and again because each little twist is ingenious? Tedd Arnold's will do the trick: For the most part, his … Continue reading Parts and Even More Parts – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Listen to Your Mother – San Francisco

It's official! I'll be performing at the Listen to Your Mother show in San Francisco on May 6th! I had submitted a humorous essay last year but was too ill to audition for the show after the piece was selected. Not content to submit the same piece this year, I wrote a new 800-word essay … Continue reading Listen to Your Mother – San Francisco

Mother Bruce – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Time again for Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday nomination: I haven't laughed so hard while reading a picture book in a lonnnng time. Yes, I've smiled, giggled, or uttered the occasional guffaw. But here I found myself laughing through page after page of the most hilarious sight gags that only an author-illustrator can … Continue reading Mother Bruce – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Smelly Bill – Perfect Picture Book Friday

As part of Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday, I'd like to present: I'm attracted to messy, silly, rhyming picture books for several reasons: They give kids a sense of the rhythm of language and help them predict the word at the end of a line. They entertain. They appeal to one's sense of … Continue reading Smelly Bill – Perfect Picture Book Friday

There’s No Story Like “Snow Story”

Folks, when I read Mike Allegra's (children's book writer extraordinaire) post this morning, I couldn't stop laughing.   Oh, yeah, Mike prefers laughing rats over laughing cats. Here you go, Mike: The answer to the often-repeated question "How do you know if you've got a character-driven book?" lies within his hilarious anecdote.  And for those of you … Continue reading There’s No Story Like “Snow Story”

Shoe Dog – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Time once again to add to Susanna Leonard Hill's growing list of recommended picture books.  As I passed the "new" shelf in our library, the cover illustration of Shoe Dog caught my eye. Katherine Tillotson, magically transforms a handful of brown scribbles into a sniffing, chewing, boisterous puppy. And when I opened it up for … Continue reading Shoe Dog – Perfect Picture Book Friday