Going Down Home With Daddy – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I was leafing through a pile of picture books (imagine that!), and found this gem. Daniel Minter's acrylic wash illustrations are vibrant and luminous in this 2019 Caldecott Honor book. They make me feel like I am peering through the translucent glass of time at a memory. Pure magic. On reunion morning, we rise before … Continue reading Going Down Home With Daddy – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

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

Outside In – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Anyone else feeling cooped up? Itching to get outside? Here's a little treat to get you primed for opening the door. If that cover doesn't grab you, perhaps the opening spread with its collective first person assertion will: Once we were part of Outside and Outside was part of us. There was nothing between us. … Continue reading Outside In – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

my best friend – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Now for a Perfect PIcture Book Friday selection that's particularly poignant in these days of isolation mid COVID-19. Ah, the playground. Remember that? Children playing together. It already feels like so long ago. And the thrill of finding a new friend. Look at that body language! i have a new friend and her hair is … Continue reading my best friend – 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

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

STOP THE PRESSES!!! Here I was, ready to feature a completely different book this week for Women's History Month, when this book usurped its place. I feel it is fitting because worker bees are female, AND as the back matter states: "One out of every three mouthfuls of food in the American diet is, in … Continue reading Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The Great Santa Stakeout – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

What do you get when you team up children's librarian Betsy Bird with Super Illustrator, Dan Santat? This! I was reminded of the time when our son was small, and he rigged up an infrared night camera triggered by a motion sensor. On Christmas Eve, my husband and I used the camera to take photos … Continue reading The Great Santa Stakeout – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I Am a Thief! – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF

There's something I'd like you to know: It can happen to the best of us—even to those of us who are little leaders, caring friends, or "Captain of the Worm Rescue Team." The part of the brain that governs impulse control, the part that understands the distinction between "mine" and "not mine" can be fully … Continue reading I Am a Thief! – 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

This is a ball – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF

I missed this book when it first came out in the U.S. in 2017. Before we open to the first page, let's take a look at the back cover. Here is everything you need to know. The first page reads like a baseline sanity check: Followed by the response on the next page: We're all … Continue reading This is a ball – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF