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 Friend Earth – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Two weeks into self-isolation, and I'm appreciating my daily outing to walk the dog. The sun, the wind, the bird calls, all serve to lift my spirits. So for my last selection for Women's History Month, I'm giving a nod to Mother Earth, our greatest female icon, by featuring Patricia MacLachlan's stunning new ode to … Continue reading My Friend Earth – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

First thing I've got to say: This is NOT a simple, boring counting book. It is, as a reviewer for School Library Journal states, “Stunning…brilliantly colored…striking… [with] Just the right amount of tension, delicious vocabulary…" The attention to detail is fabulous, with the front end papers leading the way. The tension begins even before the … Continue reading One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Freedom Soup – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I feel compelled to add my voice to those who are lauding FREEDOM SOUP! As you can see from the cover, it's not going to be your everyday dull, boring history lesson. This story will be a shared cooking and dancing celebratory experience, one where we learn how the slaves of Haiti overthrew their oppressors … Continue reading Freedom Soup – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Express Delivery From Dinosaur World – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I missed last week's post due to Kidquake, the elementary school program of the Litquake Literary Festival in San Francisco. We wrangled about 800 kids, plus their teachers and chaperones through four assemblies, 10 workshops, and hundreds of books. All FREE for registered classes. And only one fire alarm pulled by a particularly exuberant child. … Continue reading Express Delivery From Dinosaur World – 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

Sweety – Perfect Picture Book Friday

In 2013, Andrea Zuill made a big splash in our region by winning the "Best Portfolio" award at the SCBWI Golden Gate Conference. The honor was well-deserved. In Sweety, every line of Andrea's work is so expressive, I found myself laughing and crying over a naked mole rat who wears clothes. In other words, Sweety … Continue reading Sweety – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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

Kidquake – Dream Big!

Litquake San Francisco, an annual literary festival comprising 850+ authors and hundreds of events in the span of 10 days, can be exhausting and daunting, but it can also be exhilarating and inspirational.  I'm a co-producer of Kidquake, an event that draws 1,000 elementary school kids, their teachers, and chaperones to four assemblies and 10 … Continue reading Kidquake – Dream Big!