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

The Fate of Fausto – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Today's perfect picture book confirms that, yes, a picture book can be vitally relevant to adults and children, relating basic truths about our lives and how we interact with our world. That the picture book as an art object can do this in so few words continues to thrill me. Fausto is a man accustomed … Continue reading The Fate of Fausto – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Yogi – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Spring training is in full swing and Barb Rosenstock's new book for baseball lovers (especially Yankee Fans) has hit the field. What were two of the things Yogi Berra was famous for? Here's a clue: The opening lines provide the themes for the story. Lawdie Berra (Yogi's given name) loved his family, his Italian neighborhood, … Continue reading Yogi – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Giraffe Problems – Perfect Picture Book Friday

No pressure. Nothing like being  ★ An Amazon Most Anticipated Children's Book of Fall 2018  or ★ A Publisher's Weekly Most Anticipated Children's Book of 2018. Yes, Jory John is a picture book rock star, but the pressure is real at the top. And I don't envy his having to pull a rabbit out of … Continue reading Giraffe Problems – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What Do They Do With All That Poo? – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Ever drive by the zoo and ask yourself the burning question: For all the scatological humor enthusiasts you know, this book should be at the top of your reading/buying list. Told in rhyme and accompanied by vibrant illustrations and fabulous factoids, we arrive at the zoo banquet table where everyone is chewing....Page turn, please. And … Continue reading What Do They Do With All That Poo? – Perfect Picture Book Friday

An Inconvenient Alphabet – Perfect Picture Book Friday

My question is this: Is there anything related to words that Ben Franklin didn't have a hand in? I think the answer is "no." In Beth Anderson's new book: we are handed yet another example. The jacket flap reads: It may be hard for kids to believe, but once upon a time there was no … Continue reading An Inconvenient Alphabet – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Otis and Will Discover the Deep – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Barb Rosenstock is my nonfiction picture book author idol for several reasons: She always makes me care about the story/person/event. She uses a repetitive and lyrical line that pulses throughout the story. (In this case, she uses two.) She's a meticulous researcher. She includes fascinating back matter.  In OTIS AND WILL DISCOVER THE DEEP, we … Continue reading Otis and Will Discover the Deep – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Best Valentine’s Day Party Ever – Contest Entry

Contest Rules: A character must be hopeful 214 words max, title not included Appropriate for ages 12 and under No illustration notes See other stories at Susanna Hill's Valentiny post. Now, for my story in exactly 213 words.   The Best Valentine's Day Party Ever by Jilanne Hoffmann Sal’s a maker. Cal’s a baker. Val’s … Continue reading The Best Valentine’s Day Party Ever – Contest Entry