Middle of the Night – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The folks at Wordsong, an imprint of Highlights, remain at the forefront of picture book poetry. Take this fabulous bedtime book by Laura Purdie Salas, for example: What do toys, boring old kleenexes, clothing, overdue books, toothpaste, toilets, pencils, kitchen utensils, foods, and yard implements do while you're asleep? These poems provide answers: toys stage … Continue reading Middle of the Night – 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

Instructions Not Included – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

For Women's History Month, let's celebrate these women and how they "Coded the Future!" I love how children's authors are unearthing and writing about the untold stories of women's  contributions to our world. INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED exposes kids to three more women who were fabulous mathematicians, the forerunners of today's computer coders. These three women … Continue reading Instructions Not Included – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Feed Your Mind – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Some picture book biographies are meant to be read by older elementary school kids. For example: a story about the events that turned August Wilson into a poet and playwright who goes on to win two Pulitzer prizes. Bryant's language is suitably lyrical for the subject. They call it "Little Harlem"—the city within a city. … Continue reading Feed Your Mind – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Double-Crossed Hearts – #Valentiny Contest

Once again, I'm taking the plunge into Susanna Hill's Valentiny contest, where participants must write a story that is 214 words or fewer (title not included). AND this year, it must contain a character who is curious. They can be curious about anything. No illustration notes are allowed, so even though this is an exercise … Continue reading Double-Crossed Hearts – #Valentiny Contest

A Girl Called Genghis Khan – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF – Multicultural Children’s Book Day

In the spirit of multicultural children's book day AND Perfect Picture Book Friday, I decided to feature a book I love about a courageous woman, Ghengis Khan (aka Maria Toorpakai Wazir). What does Maria, a girl being raised in a rural area of Pakistan, do when she doesn't want to conform to Pashtun tribal culture … Continue reading A Girl Called Genghis Khan – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF – Multicultural Children’s Book Day

a house that once was – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Is there a house, a house somewhere in your memory, that you recall as being haunted? One off  a dirt road that wound through the woods? One where the windows may or may not have been broken by a stray stone? The roof sagging, but still intact? Did you find this house in the woods … Continue reading a house that once was – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

SumoKitty – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Oh, it's good to be back, albeit a bit under the weather. But nasty cold aside, I'd like to share a recent library find. How could I resist those eyes? That topknot? Are you looking for something "fresh?" A book about cats, sumo wrestling, and never giving up just might qualify. Seriously. Let's start with … Continue reading SumoKitty – 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

Not This Book – Halloweensie Contest Entry

Time for Susanna Hill's 100-word Halloweensie story contest. This year, the stories must contain the three words (in any form): potion, cobweb, trick. The 100 word limit does not include the title. And no illustration notes are allowed. I'm a little late to the party, but the clock has not yet struck midnight, so here … Continue reading Not This Book – Halloweensie Contest Entry