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June 19, 2019

It's our final week of school and I cannot stop thinking about books. I'll be in a new library next year with new students and a new-to-me collection of books. What new books will we add? What books will I discover are my new readers' favorites? What favorites do I thi...

May 28, 2019

Jacob Grant joins me today to share the book trailer for BEAR OUT THERE, the sequel to his 2018 picture book BEAR'S SCARE.

Here's a synopsis of the upcoming BEAR OUT THERE:

Bear's favorite place is inside. He loves sharing his tidy home with his friend Spider. Spider lov...

April 29, 2019

Oh my word there are SO MANY excellent books coming out! What an excellent time to be a reader.

Today I'm excited to welcome Marcie Colleen to the blog! Marcie is the author of the SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS series, along with LOVE, TRIANGLE (illustrated by Bob Shea) and P...

March 21, 2019

Oh my word! What a start to the year!

Here's what stuck out to me from the JANUARY 2019 picture book releases that crossed my desk.

I wonder if you read and loved any of these? And I wonder which books weren't included on my list for one reason or another that definitely...

March 9, 2019

Challenging the ordinary through storytelling is a surefire way to hook readers. Take a familiar tale and tell it from a new perspective. Shine a light on what goes on after all of us humans go home for the day. Question what really makes the bad guy so bad, and offer...

March 1, 2019

Understanding our feelings and the feelings of other builds empathy and sensitivity, helping to make us a more supportive, more communicative society. Children are constantly observing, learning from what they see, how others react and interact, and this goes for what...

February 11, 2019

I've been invited to lead a webinar on building social media skills for writers and illustrators. The webinar, hosted by the Kansas/Missouri chapter of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) will take place this Saturday, February 16th at 8pm...

February 11, 2019

Oh my word! What a start to the year!

Here's what stuck out to me from the JANUARY 2019 picture book releases that crossed my desk.

I wonder if you read and loved any of these? And I wonder which books weren't included on my list for one reason or another that definitely...

February 10, 2019

Celebrating friends is kinda the best.

Katrina Moore and I opened an elementary school 6 years ago. I still remember going out to lunch with colleagues over the summer prior to the school's inaugural year and being introduced to Katrina as "a fellow author" that I shoul...

January 30, 2019

The 2019 Youth Media Awards were announced on Monday, January 28 at the American Library Association Midwinter conference in Seattle. These include the prestigious Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, and the Pura Belpré Book Awards,...

January 18, 2019

When we learn about others' lives their experiences can help shape our own perspectives on the world. When we read about different celebrations we can witness the universality of giving thanks and celebrating as one. When see how other lives their lives in ordinary but...

January 11, 2019

Happy New Year! I'm so excited to continue to share favorites from small and independent presses as we start into the new year. This week I thought I'd intentionally focus on beautifully illustrated picture books. Each approaches its subject matter in a different mediu...

January 7, 2019

Happy new year!

This Picture Book Recap series was something new I tried in 2018 as a means of staying on top of my TBR pile as well as giving a quick nod to those titles I couldn't stop thinking about from month to month (You can see the whole series using this link)....

January 5, 2019

Sometimes you start a conversation with a stranger and you have no idea where it might take you.

June Smalls is an author I met on Twitter back in 2016. She reached out because she was working on a blog series about the many, many hands that touch a picture book from co...

December 21, 2018

Keith Negley and I first connected on the podcast a full two years ago (back when it was still called the Let's Get Busy podcast!) when his debut, TOUGH GUYS (HAVE FEELINGS TOO!) was just coming out. Today we're celebrating the upcoming release of MARY WEARS WHAT SHE W...

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