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

Apple and Magnolia – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Connection. Heart. Hope. This book has it all. (Quick apology. My scanner washed out all of the illustrations, so I used photos.) Text ©Laura Gehl Illustration ©Patricia Metola Britta's two favorite trees,Apple and Magnolia,were best friends.Britta couldn't explain how she wasso sure about the friendship or howthe trees had become best friendsin the first place. … Continue reading Apple and Magnolia – 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

Lizzy and the Cloud – Perfect Picture Book Friday

People often use words like "classic" or "timeless" to describe picture books that will stand the test of time. I'd like to introduce you to a brand-new classic. It is Saturday. And on Saturdays, Lizzy goes for a walk with her parents to this lovely park. Text/Illustration ©The Fan Brothers And what does Lizzy want … Continue reading Lizzy and the Cloud – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What Is a River? – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Here's another exquisitely beautiful book in translation from 2021 that nearly missed my radar. Of course it's published by Enchanted Lion. You might think you know what a river is: a strip of water that flows from a source(s) to a delta, whether the mouth of the delta is on the ocean like the Mighty … Continue reading What Is a River? – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Chickenology – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I don't know why, but ever since I watched Chicken People, the documentary about people who breed and show chickens, I've found chickens to be somewhat engaging. And after reading this book, I find them fascinating, too. Did you know they can count up to four? Cats can only count up to three. (oh, the … Continue reading Chickenology – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Anemone is Not the Enemy – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I'm taking a step back into 2020 for this week's featured book. The mix of STEM, humor, and subversiveness was too good to pass up. Check out that florescent pink! Text/Illustration ©Anna McGregor Meet Anemone Text/Illustration ©Anna McGregor Anemone hates "being stuck here with the boring barnacles." Cue the snickers. Especially when you look closely … Continue reading Anemone is Not the Enemy – Perfect Picture Book Friday