Freaky, Funky Fish – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The cover of Freaky, Funky Fish immediately sets the tone for this engaging and fact-filled book about how fish are the same, yet quite different. The first page (where the colors and shapes serve as eye candy) starts out with straightforward similarities, leaving the humor to the illustration. Text ©️Debra Shumaker Illustration ©️Claire Powell Fish … Continue reading Freaky, Funky Fish – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Beyond – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Like some picture books, the story for BEYOND begins on the end papers, with a child and adult gazing up at the stars. But long before we ever reach a title page, we hurtle planet by planet through our solar system Text ©️Miranda Paul Illustration ©️Sija Hong starting with the sun. We know muchabout the … Continue reading Beyond – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A Day for Rememberin’ – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I did not know the origin of Memorial Day, and now that gap in my knowledge is filled by this beautiful book. This quote from an article published on History.com underscores the significance of the event. “It’s the fact that this occurred in Charleston at a cemetery site for the Union dead in a city … Continue reading A Day for Rememberin’ – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Be a Tree – Perfect Picture Book Friday

In a wave of "tree books" that have suddenly appeared on the market, this one distinguishes itself in the way it speaks directly to the reader. And in the strong connections it makes between the reader and trees. It starts with an energetic directive— Text ©️Maria Gianferrari Illustration ©️Felicita Sala Be a tree!Stand tall.Stretch your … Continue reading Be a Tree – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Color Collector – Perfect Picture Book Friday

If you're looking for a picture book that fuels empathy, inclusion, and kindness, add this one to your list. A new girl at school sits alone at a bench. The only color in the image is the violet in the girl's hair. Text ©️Nicholas Solis Illustration ©️Renia Metallinou She was new.She was quiet.I think she … Continue reading The Color Collector – Perfect Picture Book Friday

13 Ways to Eat a Fly – Perfect Picture Book Friday

After reading this title, the first thing I though of was Wallace Stevens' poem, 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. But blackbirds do not disappear in that poem. Here, the flies....meet their demise. One by one. And not just a single kind of fly. The reader watches 13 different kinds of flies—become someone else's … Continue reading 13 Ways to Eat a Fly – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Seven Golden Rings – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Seven Golden Rings is a tale of longing, of using your cleverness for survival, a tale where your journey to fulfill your dream ends up bringing you something unexpected. Text ©️Rajani LaRocca Illustration ©️Archana Sreenivasan Long ago there lived a kind rajah who ruled over vast lands.He loved music, and gathered the finest players and … Continue reading Seven Golden Rings – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Pandemic Halloween – #Halloweensie

Time to enter Susanna Hill's annual Halloweensie Contest! The rules: Must be for kids age 12 and under.Must contain a version of the words: creepy, skeleton, mask.Must be related to Halloween.Must be 100 words or fewer, not including title.No illustration notes allowed. In the spirit of 2020, here's my 99-word story, including a recording for … Continue reading Pandemic Halloween – #Halloweensie

I Am the Jungle: A Yoga Adventure – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

With everyone sitting in front of screens for so many hours each day, I thought it would be refreshing to feature a gorgeously illustrated book that's easy on the eyes while encouraging your inner yogi to get out of the chair and take off on a jungle adventure. The story opens with a classroom of … Continue reading I Am the Jungle: A Yoga Adventure – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Dusk Explorers – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

As school winds down during spring's last gasp, children everywhere are looking forward to the long, lazy days of summer. But not just the days, the crepuscular hour that signals day's end. For many, it's the time to get outside after the heat of the day (sorry, San Francisco kids, summer is really winter, here) … Continue reading Dusk Explorers – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF