PPBF: Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great

No..it can’t be! Friday already? They say time flies when you are having fun…I must be having a ball!

Well, actually, I am. Still participating in ReFoReMo which means I am reading picture books EVERY DAY! And soon to be starting another month of challenge, RhyPiBoMo. Don’t you love these acronyms? The new challenge is Angie Karcher’s Rhyming Picture Book Month.

Last year was an unbelievable success – an intensive month-long workshop of lessons, writing prompts and camaraderie. Oh, and PRIZES! There’s still time to register…just click on the link above to find out all about it.

And now it’s time for a Perfect Picture Book review and activity. And if you’d like some more wonderful picture book reviews, please hop over to Susanna Hill’s blog.

I had no problem choosing today’s Perfect Picture Book. I just asked my six-year old grandson. Ever since we got this book from the library last week, he’s requested it as a bedtime story.

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Title: Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great

Written and illustrated by Bob Shea Continue reading

Laura Gehl – Will Write for Cookies

WILL WRITE FOR COOKIES

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INSIGHT – INFORMATION – INSPIRATION

FOR WRITERS

TODAY’S GUEST

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LAURA GEHL

I met today’s Will Write for Cookies author because my grandson fell in love with her debut picture book, One Big Pair of Underpants. I read it to him…and I fell in love also. I knew I had to invite her to participate here – and was thrilled when she said YES!

The book is a Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title and Booklist Best Book for Youth of 2014. She has written several other picture books, and her PEEP AND EGG series, hatching spring 2016 from FSG/Macmillan, will consist of four books.  A former science and reading teacher, she also writes about science for children and adults.  She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband and four children.

I’m so happy to have her here to Continue reading

PPBF: When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s time for a Perfect Picture Book review and activity. And if you’d like some more wonderful picture book reviews, please hop over to Susanna Hill’s blog.

It was hard to decide which picture book to review for today. Since I’m following Kristen Fulton’s 52 Weeks of Charting Non-Fiction Picture Books, I’ve got a ton of amazing non-fiction to chose from. And because I’m also participating in Carrie Charley Brown’s ReFoReMo , I’ve got a huge pile of picture books that I’m reading as mentor texts.

Decisions, decisions…

Hmmm…maybe I can combine both challenges and use a book that is one of Kristen’s 52 which I will also be using as a mentor text for a picture book I am writing.

TA-DA!

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Title: When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky

Written and illustrated by Lauren Stringer Continue reading

PPBF: Raindrops Roll PLUS The Inspirational Blogger Award

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s time for a Perfect Picture Book review and activity. Susanna Hill’s blog is the place to go to find a whole bunch of other picture book reviews.

Spring is almost here – yes – can you hear the birds singing? Can you see the snow melting? I’m ready for Spring!

My perfect picture book pick makes me think about spring.

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Title: Raindrops Roll

Story and Photographs by April Pulley Sayre Continue reading

#PPBF: Looking At Lincoln

I looked at the calendar this morning and it said that today was Friday.

Already!

So that means that it’s time for a Perfect Picture Book review.

I’m taking part in Carrie Charley Brown’s ReFoReMo Challenge this month: http://www.carriecharleybrown.com/reforemo/reforemo-day-6-joyce-sweeney-applies-the-plot-clock

We are reading picture books and learning to use them as mentor texts. So you can imagine what my dining room table looks like – stacks of books all over the place – eating is over-rated anyway, right?

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And of course, I’m still participating in Kristen Fulton’s 52 Weeks of Charting Non-Fiction: http://www.kristenfulton.org/dig-in/52-weeks-of-charting-nonfiction

So I’ve got several stacks of books for that as well.

Today’s Perfect Picture Book makes history come alive – exactly what we want a great children’s non-fiction picture book to do.

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Title: Looking at Lincoln

Author and Illustrator: Maira Kalman Continue reading