Cry, Heart, But Never Break – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I was so moved by another writer's beautiful post about grief, including a picture book recommendation, that I wanted to share it for Susanna Leonard Hill's PPBF. Here's the book: And here's the post. Enjoy!! http://joycorcoran.com/2016/03/30/convergence-grief-books-life/ Title: Cry, Heart, But Never Break Author: Glenn Ringtved Illustrator: Charlotte Pardi Publisher: Enchanted Lion, 2016

I Need My Own Country! – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Time for Susanna Leonard Hill's PPBF! But first, let's form a new political party, one run by children's picture book writers and illustrators. It will be the nicest, most generous political party ever. There will be sharing of snacks and toys and saying please and thank you. No hitting, biting, bullying, or other anti-social behavior. … Continue reading I Need My Own Country! – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Mother Bruce – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Time again for Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday nomination: I haven't laughed so hard while reading a picture book in a lonnnng time. Yes, I've smiled, giggled, or uttered the occasional guffaw. But here I found myself laughing through page after page of the most hilarious sight gags that only an author-illustrator can … Continue reading Mother Bruce – Perfect Picture Book Friday

This Is the Rope – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I loved Jacqueline Woodson's MG/YA book, "Brown Girl Dreaming." It was the first book I'd ever read by this fabulous writer. So I went in search of some of her picture books. And I'm happy to say that I love "This Is the Rope" just as much. So here's my book for Susanna Leonard Hill's … Continue reading This Is the Rope – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Dental Hygiene Halloween – Halloweensie Story Contest

I stopped packing boxes long enough to write this teensy-weensy story for Susanna Leonard Hills' Halloweensie story contest. Here are the rules: Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words costume, dark, and haunt.   Your story can be scary, funny or anything in between, poetry or prose, but … Continue reading Dental Hygiene Halloween – Halloweensie Story Contest

Smelly Bill – Perfect Picture Book Friday

As part of Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday, I'd like to present: I'm attracted to messy, silly, rhyming picture books for several reasons: They give kids a sense of the rhythm of language and help them predict the word at the end of a line. They entertain. They appeal to one's sense of … Continue reading Smelly Bill – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Mama Seeton’s Whistle – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Hello everyone! Back for Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Extravaganza. My entry is the hot-off-the-press: Mama Seeton's Whistle by Jerry Spinelli (yes, THAT Jerry Spinelli). It has an old-fashioned look because it's an old-fashioned memory. And it's based on Spinelli's next door neighbor that he knew as a child. I dare say there won't … Continue reading Mama Seeton’s Whistle – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Want to Improve Your Writing?

After getting my MFA in Creative Writing for adults, I thought I knew how to write. Turns out, I didn't know how to write stories with pictures. But for the past two years, I've been trying. Correction, the first year I flailed about in the dark. The second year, I bought a flashlight to shine … Continue reading Want to Improve Your Writing?

Dirty Gert – Perfect Picture Book Friday

It's time once again to feature a book, for Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday, that rocks my picture book world. To my friends who are not picture book lovers, please be patient with me. I promise I'll post something else soon—something to do with Burger King Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (BK PTSD), an … Continue reading Dirty Gert – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Everett Anderson – Perfect Picture Book Friday

It's time for Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday! Thanks to The Brown Bookshelf's feature on Lucille Clifton last month, I discovered her picture books. But it wasn't easy to find them on a library shelf in San Francisco. They were sidelined in the "historical children's" section of the Main San Francisco Public Library. Three … Continue reading Everett Anderson – Perfect Picture Book Friday