Deep, Deep Down – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Gone are the days of nonfiction picture books that read like a desiccated encyclopedia entry. Yay! Announcing... the heyday of beautifully written STEM-oriented picture books!! DEEP, DEEP DOWN is part of this glorious tsunami. With a lyricism that submerges us in the beauty of a secret place that some used to believe was the lair … Continue reading Deep, Deep Down – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Blurp’s Book of Manners – Perfect Picture Book Friday

If you're looking for a hilarious read aloud that also plucks the heart strings, one filled with vibrant and playful illustrations, and one that simultaneously does and doesn't take itself seriously— This is your book. If you're looking to be seen as the favorite auntie or uncle by the under age10 set, gift this book … Continue reading Blurp’s Book of Manners – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A River’s Gifts – Perfect Picture Book Friday

As the threat of climate change becomes more and more scary, it's necessary to focus on the helpers, those who are doing their part to help the planet recover from human mistakes. One such mistake was the damming of the Elwha River on the Olympic Penisula in the Pacific Northwest. Mountain Snow melts. Plip...plop...plip. The … Continue reading A River’s Gifts – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Your Birthday Was the Best! – Perfect Picture Book Friday

When I was in college, I lived in the second floor apartment of an old wooden house at the edge of the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. Cockroaches were ubiquitous. As I spent a lot of time chasing them into the cracks of the woodwork, it wasn't surprising that I developed asthma. When our … Continue reading Your Birthday Was the Best! – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Grandad’s Camper – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I missed seeing this book in 2021, so I'm here to give it some love right now. The end papers show the "before time." Illustration ©Harry Woodgate And then the first spread returns us to the present. Text/Illustration ©Harry Woodgate A child visits a grandparent who's lost his spouse. The child and grandparent play and … Continue reading Grandad’s Camper – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Sun is Late and So is the Farmer – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Looking for a picture book with a "classic" feel, one that exists in the realm of folklore meets magical realism? Here's a fabulous option hot off the presses. Text ©Philip C. Stead. Illustration ©Erin E. Stead Three farm animals gaze out the barn door into the moonlit night. Wondering. Waiting for the sun to rise. … Continue reading The Sun is Late and So is the Farmer – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story – Perfect Picture Book Friday

In this beautiful book, three authors (from three different tribes) come together to shift the Thanksgiving narrative, honoring indigenous perspectives. A Wampanoag woman tells her grandchildren a story about how the harvest feast of 1621 came to pass, and it lays bare the truth: without the help of the Wampanoag people, the Pilgrims may have … Continue reading Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Nigel and the Moon – Perfect Picture Book Friday

There's a book I kept checking out from the library that I finally decided needed a permanent place on my shelf. A boy named Nigel has dreams he only tells the moon, because the moon won't spill his secrets. The moon is a safe confidant. Text ©Antwan Eady Illustration ©Gracey Zhang "Hi. My name's Nigel. … Continue reading Nigel and the Moon – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Boo Stew – Belated Perfect Picture Book Friday

Hello everyone! Interrupting your regularly scheduled Monday for a perfect picture book that's fitting for Halloween day! The author, Donna Washington, is a professional storyteller, and her skills shine in this narrative. There were always Scares in Toadsuck Swamp, but Curly Locks didn't pay 'em much mind. The Scares kept to themselves. They only woke … Continue reading Boo Stew – Belated Perfect Picture Book Friday

A (little) STEM Halloween – A Halloweensie Contest Entry

A pause for Perfect Picture Book Friday while I take this week to feature Susanna Hill's Halloweensie Contest! There's still time to enter. It's all good fun! THE CONTEST: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in word count) using the words slither, treat, and scare. Your … Continue reading A (little) STEM Halloween – A Halloweensie Contest Entry