Frances in the Country – Perfect Picture Book Friday

As a country kid at heart, I identify with city-living Frances and her itch to DO THINGS! The problem is Text ©Liz Garton Scanlon. Illustration ©Sean Qualls City walls aren't for climbing and city cats aren't for catching. (Don't you just love that alliteration and assonance?) Text ©Liz Garton Scanlon. Illustration ©Sean Qualls City rooms … Continue reading Frances in the Country – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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

A Story Is to Share – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What can I say about a book that is so lyrical, so beautifully (and classically) illustrated, and holds up to read after read after read that there is nothing left to say? Well, I do have more to say: This is a story about Ruth Krauss, a child who always finds a way to be … Continue reading A Story Is to Share – Perfect Picture Book Friday

See You Someday Soon – Perfect Picture Book Friday

In this fun, heart-filled book, a child is missing a special person who lives very far away. Their missing isn't sappy or sentimental. No. No. No, it isn't. It's expressed in a childlike way. Text ©Pat Zietlow Miller Illustration ©Suzy Lee Someday soon,I'll see you.Even thoughyou are there. Text ©Pat Zietlow Miller Illustration ©Suzy Lee … Continue reading See You Someday Soon – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Don’t Eat Bees – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Meet Chip, a dog who knows how to establish credibility immediately, or lose his audience. He claims he's smart and experienced. He knows important dog things. And he's not impressed with where cats, like Mittens, do their business. Text ©Dev Petty Illustration ©Mike Boldt Using a fine example of the distributive property, Chip shows off … Continue reading Don’t Eat Bees – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Iceberg: A Life in Seasons – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I'm sorry to do this to you all, but I just have to share a preview of this book, even though it's not due out until September! It's gorgeous! It's glorious! It's lyrical and inviting and informative and deep. Literally. Gorgeous, translucent illustrations accompany this lyrical exploration of the seasons and wildlife in the Antarctic. … Continue reading Iceberg: A Life in Seasons – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Boobies – Perfect Picture Book Friday

For the longest time, I've been in love with Nancy Vo's fictional stories, my two favorites being The Ranger and The Outlaw, the first two in the Crow trilogy. The third is slated for publication in 2024. I had planned on waiting until July to feature this nonfiction book, but I love it so much, … Continue reading Boobies – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Attention musicians! Well, really anyone who wants to be inspired by a woman who created "her own story," who didn't "wait for things to happen" to her, who "made her own opportunities." Text ©Shannon Stocker Illustration ©Devon Holzwarth Here is Evelyn, enjoying life on her family's farm in Aberdeen, Scotland. This image took me back … Continue reading Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Celebrate Floyd Cooper Day

Image from Highlights Foundation Floyd Cooper, an amazing and inspiring author/illustrator, passed away in 2021. He wrote and/or illustrated more than 100 books for children, and was known for being a kind and thoughtful mentor. In his honor, the Children's Book Council has established Floyd Cooper Day, celebrating his life, his work, and his legacy. … Continue reading Celebrate Floyd Cooper Day

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Sometimes lives that appear beautiful from the outside, are not so beautiful on the inside. At least they didn't start out beautifully. Such is the case for a baby girl named Elsa, a girl instead of the boy her parents had wanted. A girl who is named after a nurse in the hospital, because her … Continue reading Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli – Perfect Picture Book Friday