Growing Up Gorilla – Perfect Picture and Chapter Book

Here's a book that many may have missed, because it was published right before the crazy days of 2020. And if you missed it, you've missed a heart-filled, award-winning story about a baby gorilla and her mother who doesn't know how to be a mother. It would make a terrific read aloud for early elementary … Continue reading Growing Up Gorilla – Perfect Picture and Chapter Book

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

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

Down Time and Book Update

Our truck against Dune 45 in the Namib Desert. It's hard to believe I started my #KidLit journey in 2012, nearly ten years ago. So I'm thrilled to announce: My debut nonfiction picture book, RIVER OF DUST: How North African Nutrients Nourish the Amazon, is now scheduled for release in July 2023. The manuscript sold … Continue reading Down Time and Book Update

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

Just You and Me – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Perfect for those little scientists, or for kids who love nature and its amazing idiosyncrasies. Actually, most kids and adults love this kind of info. Text ©Jennifer Ward. Illustration ©Alexander Vidal The story is told in rhyming couplets that provide information about each symbiotic relationship, with an additional layer of text that provides more details … Continue reading Just You and Me – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Good Eating: The Short Life of Krill – Perfect Picture Book Friday

If I were that krill, I'd be looking for the emergency exit right now. Good thing there's strength in numbers, or at least enough survivors to ensure the production of billions more. The cover gives the reader an important clue: this is not going to be a dull book about sea creatures. It's going to … Continue reading Good Eating: The Short Life of Krill – 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

Maisie Mammoth’s Memoirs – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What do you get when you cross a woolly mammoth's memoir with facts? A creative work of expository nonfiction about the Ice Age and its crazy cast of characters. Text ©Prof. Mike Benton Illustration ©Rob Hodgson This book also includes answers to your burning questions, like Why was the Ice Age so cold? How do … Continue reading Maisie Mammoth’s Memoirs – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small – Perfect Picture Book Friday

No better way to enter 2022 than with a book of the future! A book that shows why an award-winning physicist is also an adept science communicator. A book that's sure to bring WOW!s to the couch or classroom. The first spread presents a cross section of a child's house with labels, where the author … Continue reading Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small – Perfect Picture Book Friday