Marion Bauer, author of over 100 books, is out with a new book The Stuff of Stars. She was kind enough to answer my questions about cultivating creativity, having the courage to become a writer, and what she loved about making this beautiful book — illustrated by the impressive Ekua Holmes. I am blown away by her answers! They are so interesting and honest. This Q&A with her will leave you thinking about so many different things. I hope you […]
Marianna Coppo was kind enough to let me interview her. I asked her everything from where the idea of Petra came from, to what it was like for her to write Petra, to questions about if she has any thing she does to cultivate her creativity. I love her responses. I hope you all enjoy the interview — it was a priviledge to get to chat with her. Hello Marianna! Thank you so much for taking the time to chat […]
[Reviewed from Copy Courtesy of Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers] Harriet Gets Carried Away is a wonderful and adventurous story about Harriet and her amazing imagination — or possibly about Harriet and her real and incredible journey to Antarctica (it depends on what you think really happened). Either way, this story, with its enchanting illustrations, adorable characters, and fantastic blending of reality and fantasy, makes for a wonderful read with children. It playfully and effortlessly elicits amazing conversations […]
Categories: 2018, Diverse Picture Books, Picture Books, Picture Books about Penguins • Tags: Book Review, Books, Children's Books, kidlit, Penguins, Picture Book, Picture Books, Recommended Picture Books
[Review Copy Courtesy of Aladdin/Simon & Schuster] Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell is a light-hearted and brightly-illustrated picture book about finding a way to be who you want to be – especially if you weren’t born that way. Norman is a slug, but when he looks over at the snails, he’s in awe of them. He wants a beautiful shell like they have. He really wants to hang out with them and join in on their group pyramid. […]
Categories: 2017, Picture Books, Picture Books about Being Different, Picture Books about Being Yourself, Picture Books about Belonging • Tags: Book Review, Books, Children's Books, Picture Book, Picture Books
[Reviewed from Copy Courtesy of Tillbury House Publishers] Most People is a picture book that gives the gift of perspective and reassurance. This picture book, with its beautifully illustrated friendly faces and thoughtful portraits of people, is here to help calm the anxious and reaffirm the hopeful. It’s a picture book that impresses upon us that most people want to be good, do the right thing, and that they want to see you happy, too. “Most People love to smile. Most […]
Categories: Children's Books, Diverse Picture Books, Kidlit, Nonfiction Picture Books, Picture Books, Picture Books about Behavior, Picture Books with Great Characters, Recommended Picture Books • Tags: Book Review, Books, Children's Books, Children's literature, kidlit, Picture Books
[Reviewed from Copy Courtesy of HarperCollins Children’s Books] From the extraordinary artist and storyteller Benji Davies comes a divinely illustrated and expertly plotted picture book that is thrilling and fun. Told in a lyrical and haunting tone, the first read through is spooky and mysterious and holds readers in complete suspense as they wonder what on earth is the Grotlyn? Where is it going? And what is it going to do next? The ending has a light-hearted and mischievous flair […]
Categories: Children's Books, Halloween Picture Books, Kidlit, Picture Books, Picture Books about Bravery, Picture Books about Underwear, Picture Books with Great Characters, Recommended Picture Books, Spooky Picture Books • Tags: Book Review, Books, Children's Books, Children's literature, kidlit, Picture Books
Hey, Boy by author Benjamin Strouse and illustrator Jennifer Phelan is a poignant story about a young boy hurrying to grow up so that he can keep a stray dog he found and loves. An especially moving story for anyone who has – or has had – to be apart from someone they love and is waiting to be with them again.
Categories: Children's Books, Picture Books, Picture Books about Animals, Picture Books about Dogs, Picture Books about Friendship, Picture books about Growing Up • Tags: Benjamin Strouse, Books, Children, Dogs, Friendship, Hey Boy Review, Illustration, Jennifer Phelan, Picture Book, Picture Books, Review
Before and After is excellent in every way. It playfully and creatively explores the concept of before and after while ingeniously utilizing the advantages of the board book format. Before and After is engaging, delightful, surprising, inclusive, and laugh out loud funny.
Categories: Before and After Picture Books, Board books, Children's Books, Kidlit, Picture Books, Recommended Picture Books • Tags: Art, Books, Children, Children's Books, Humor, Illustration, Jean Jullien, Phaidon Press, Picture Book, Picture Books, Recommended
[I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. No other compensation was received.] This picture book is 12 chapters and 96 pages of awesome! Are you ready? (Because you need to be ready for this.) Here we go! This book contains: a bear, Mars farting, aliens eating lava rocks, people NOT going to the bathroom, edible snowmen, cows, people being eaten, lions throwing up, […]
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