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!

The Town of Turtle – Perfect Picture Book Friday

First, a confession. This post is not solely about picture books. For, while I am smitten by I am truly smitten by all the works of this writer, Michelle Cuevas.  She tackles deep topics beautifully with a feather touch. On her website, she says that she mostly writes about people (and animals, shadows, space creatures...) … Continue reading The Town of Turtle – Perfect Picture Book Friday

There Was An Old Giant Who Swallowed A Clock – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Looking for a new read aloud? One that's absurd—sure to make kids laugh? Look no further. But what's truly special about this book is its design and illustrations. The cover gives the reader a hint. The giant's stomach is a die-cut hole, filled with goodies. And as we open the book and read the first … Continue reading There Was An Old Giant Who Swallowed A Clock – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Where Are the Words – Perfect Picture Book Friday

As a fan of writing, including punctuation and puns, I got the biggest kick out of: When we first encounter our hero, Period, that little piece of punctuation is inspired: Period asks Paper and Pencil for a little help, but then realizes: Enter Question Mark, who decides to—what do you think Question Mark does? I'll … Continue reading Where Are the Words – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Little Moon Raven – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I was at the San Francisco Main Library yesterday, wandering through the stacks of picture books. I could live there and never read them all, I'm sure. I love how the librarians pull out books for display and always find something special. Such is the case with The Little Moon Raven by Marcus Pfister. From … Continue reading The Little Moon Raven – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Behold, the Chupacabra!!! What's a chupacabra you may ask? No one really knows what they look like, for they've never been caught. The name literally means "goat sucker." When Ana Aranda, the illustrator for this book, was growing up in Mexico, she and her friends told stories about the chupacabra. How you shouldn't let your … Continue reading The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra – Perfect Picture Book Friday

After the Fall – Perfect Picture Book Friday

STOP THE PRESSES!!! Announcing the first picture book to win both the Caldecott and the Newbery!!!!  Well, if the judging were up to me, that is. Seriously, folks. This book gobsmacked me. Dan Santat has created a touching, funny book about overcoming your fears, and in the process transforming your life. "My name is Humpty … Continue reading After the Fall – Perfect Picture Book Friday