Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Attention musicians! Well, really anyone who wants to be inspired by a woman who created "her own story," who didn't "wait for things to happen" to her, who "made her own opportunities." Text ©Shannon Stocker Illustration ©Devon Holzwarth Here is Evelyn, enjoying life on her family's farm in Aberdeen, Scotland. This image took me back … Continue reading Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Not a Cat: a memoir – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Take a cue from Gato (and Walt Whitman): "I am large, I contain multitudes." From the cover, it's clear that Gato is a breaker of molds, a defier of norms and expectations. Text ©Winter Miller Illustration ©Danica Novgorodoff I have four legs, two ears, and a long, long tail, but the thing is... Text ©Winter … Continue reading Not a Cat: a memoir – 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

Every Color of Light – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Enchanted Lion publishes interesting and thought-provoking books, including books in translation. The title declares that this will be a story about the sky and its varied shades/colors of light. But it feels like it's about so much more: pausing, breathing, listening, taking the time to observe our glorious world. The first image fills only a … Continue reading Every Color of Light – Perfect Picture Book Friday

How to Catch a Clover Thief – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Let's hear it for funny, subversive picture book writers who are women!!! Especially when they're also an author-illustrator like Elise Parsley. All Roy, the warthog, wants is to enjoy his little patch of clover. Tasty clover. Isn't that what we all want? To enjoy one sweet little treat of something we love? Something that may … Continue reading How to Catch a Clover Thief – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Survivor Tree – Perfect Picture Book Friday

This book may have been written for kids but it is also appropriate for anyone who seeks inspiration and hope for a better future. In this case, hope comes in the form of a tree. Text ©️Marcie Colleen Illustration ©️Aaron Becker A tree stood steel-straight and proudat the foot of the towers that filled the … Continue reading Survivor Tree – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Secret Code Inside You – Perfect Picture Book Friday

How often do we find a picture book that combines rhyme with genetics? Hmmmm....never! Until now. Text ©️Rajani LaRocca Illustration ©️Steven Salerno Why aren't you fuzzy like a dog,or buzzy like a bee?Why can't you eat ants with your nose,or breathe beneath the sea? Questions lead to questions until we start getting answers: Text ©️Rajani … Continue reading The Secret Code Inside You – Perfect Picture Book Friday

It Fell From the Sky – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I'm not sure what I could say about this book other than it's brilliant! It's gorgeous! It should be added to your permanent collection immediately! Why? Well, hmmmm. The story begins with an object of interest. The reader will know what it is—a marble—but the creeping, crawling, flying creatures of this backyard world haven't a … Continue reading It Fell From the Sky – Perfect Picture Book Friday

How to Have a Birthday – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Birthdays! A favorite topic of pretty much every person under the age of 30, and maybe for some over the age of 30 as well. But How to Have a Birthday comes at the idea of celebrating from an unusual perspective, a "how-to" voice that leaves much open to interpretation. Text ©️Mary Lyn Ray Illustration … Continue reading How to Have a Birthday – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Daisy – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Time for a book with a gentle, classic feeling, one that tugs at the heart strings, and leaves the reader hope-filled and ready to turn back to the beginning for another read. Daisy was named after her mama's favorite flower. "They seem plain, but when you look closer you see their beauty," her mama would … Continue reading Daisy – Perfect Picture Book Friday