January 17, 2017

Let's Talk David Litchfield

The Bear and the Piano holds a special place in my heart. David Litchfield's story about a bear's search for happiness rings true in its sincerity and attention to detail, and Bear's desire to find his place in the world without letting others down is relatable and touching.

But I'll let David do the talking...


January 10, 2017

Maps!

While I'm traveling, I thought I'd do a post on world maps. It's easy for children's map books to be flat, saccharine, and unengaging, so the picture books that go the extra mile with stunning visuals and inviting text immediately stand out.



January 9, 2017

All the Wonders of A POEM FOR PETER

Celebrate All the Wonders of A POEM FOR PETER this month with us over at All the Wonders!


A Poem for Peter is a picture book from author Andrea Davis Pinkney that revels in the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day, and reaffirms that those who pursue their dreams can inspire generations of dreamers. Visit All the Wonders for an interview with the author, a look inside the book, and information on the Ezra Jack Keats foundation!

January 6, 2017

Let's Talk Chris Appelhans

A Greyhound, a Groundhog, written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Chris Appelhans is an ode to wordplay. The text plays on itself so that you find yourself tripping over every word as you read it aloud, and the illustrations breathe life into the words on the page. Not only do we read around and around, but we see it, too, in the form of the groundhog and greyhound chasing each other. The level of energy in this book is unparalleled, and I'm thrilled to have had a chance to interview Chris about his process.


January 3, 2017

Ciao for Now!

I'm super excited to say that I'm going to be traveling to Thailand for a few weeks! I'm hoping to come back with lots of new picture books and exposure to a culture I wouldn't otherwise experience if it weren't for this trip!

In the meantime, I have a few posts ready to go for you that will come out while I'm gone, including a few interviews, and I'll be back to talk picture books--hopefully a few of which will be from Thailand--in a bit!

January 2, 2017

KidLit Picks December Round-Up: 15 Picture Books about Celebrating

December was a season of being merry and jolly. Did you reflect on the year that was and celebrate your triumphs? Was the Christmas tree up at your place? Or were you preparing for Hanukkah? Omisoka? Kwanzaa? St Lucia Day? How do you expose your children to diverse celebrations?

During December the @kidlitpicks book club featured books about celebrating. Thanks to Shannon from Oh Creative Day for the beautiful theme!





December 28, 2016

LUCKY LAZLO

Steve Light's Lucky Lazlo is about a young boy whose beloved is due to star in a play later that day. Lazlo is lucky to find the last red rose at the flower shop, and he's lucky to have a seat in the front row. But that's where his luck runs out. A cat runs up and steals his rose, causing poor, unlucky Lazlo to have to chase it through the entire theater, from the orchestra pit to backstage.