Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! As promised, we have a double-decker, close-out-the-summer special: a brand-new picture book (just released on Tuesday – and if you leave a comment, you will be entered into the giveaway of a shiny new copy) that is sure to take plenty of awards…it’s already garnered amazing starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Horn Book. And here’s one from Continue reading
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends.
When spring is in the air, you know it’s time for baseball season. And that means another double-header for us right here! This is truly a double-header in every sense of the word. We have TWO posts this weekend (Perfect Picture Book Friday and Will Write for Cookies) featuring TWO gifted creatives (author Raven Howell and illustrator Carina Povarchik) and you, dear readers, have a chance to win TWO of their wonderful books (Shimmer, Sing of Night and their newest collaboration that launches next week and is available for preorder right now: Glimmer: Sing of Sun).
But first, we need to announce some winners from recent blog post giveaways:
The lovely Callie Metler-Smith donated two copies of HOW TO BABY SIT A LOGAN. And the winners are:
Doreen Robinson and Lisette
The wonderful Mia Wenjen donated a copy of her brand-new picture book, SUMO JOE. And the winner is:
Congratulations! I will connect with you all very soon. But now everybody….
…put on your sunscreen, grab a cool drink, and sit back and enjoy!
GLIMMER: SING OF SUN
Written by Raven Howell
Illustrated by Carina Povarchik
Published by Clear Fork/Spork (2019)
Themes: Nature, poetry
Why I Love This Book:
- Joyful poem after joyful poem that celebrate nature and being outdoors
- Fabulous illustration after fabulous illustration filled with light and life and love
- Do I need another reason? No problem…this is a sequel to another collaboration of Raven and Carina: SHIMMER: SING OF NIGHT
- Do I need another reason? No worries…both Raven Howell and Carina Povarchik are Storm Literary Agency sisters of mine.
Photo courtesy: https://www.howweelearn.com/breathtaking-nature-crafts-for-kids/
For detailed instructions on many wonderful nature crafts for kids: https://www.howweelearn.com/breathtaking-nature-crafts-for-kids/
Go for a walk in the backyard, playground, or park…and look for nature. Then, you and your child can each choose something you’ve seen and write a poem about it.
If you are looking for more picture book reviews and activities, please hop over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday website
And if you are in the Boston/Dedham MA area on Saturday, June 1 (that’s tomorrow), please stop in at Peter Reynolds’ Blue Bunny Bookstore at 1pm because I’ll be there, reading Four Otters Toboggan and doing a fun craft activity with the kiddos and chatting about how we can protect wildlife habitats.
Please don’t forget to leave a comment here to be entered in the double-header giveaway! Plus, do come back tomorrow for an extra special (because it’s a double-header, right?) Will Write for Cookies post where Raven and Carina chat about their collaboration and offer something might sweet to eat!
Hold on to your seats, everyone! We are ready to blast off! Our Perfect Picture Book Friday story is the obvious choice for such a momentous blog post that will also contain the WINNERS of #50PreciousWords.
Most of you know that I left home on February 19 and didn’t get back until April 8. That time was spent in Sydney at the Australia/NZ SCBWI conference (which rocked!) and sightseeing through the beautiful city and its lovely beach areas. Maria Marshall and I walked EVERYWHERE! Below is a photo of Maria and me at a beach where they had the most amazing poster art graffiti – since my slogan is Nothing is Impossible if You Can Imagine It…we had to take a pic with the bottle of dreams and me holding the little heart pillow my six-year old granddaughter had sewed for me to take on my trip as a little lovey.
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends!
Do you love music? I do! All kinds! From classical to rhythm and blues. From jazz to folk. But best of all, I love rock and roll. Continue reading
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!
It’s been such a wonderful week so far…reconnecting with my dear friend Jane in her home on the New Jersey shore…we’ve known each other since we were two years old and have spent the last few days talking and hugging and talking some more! On Wednesday, we walked on the boardwalk, listened to the waves crashing on the beach. and shared food I haven’t had forever like hot dogs and pizza and fries.
Which made me think of NO PEACOCKS!, a brand new picture book by one of my favorite kidlit authors, Robin Newman, about a bunch of birds who want to get some variety in their diet. And thanks to the lovely Robin, we have a giveaway of a copy of this wonderful book!
Written by Robin Newman
Illustrated by Chris Ewald
Published by Sky Pony Press (September 2018)
Themes: Humor, ingenuity, food
Synopsis: From Amazon:
Every day, Phil, Jim, and Harry are fed sunflower seeds by the staff who care for them at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. But one day, they decide they’re sick of them. They make a break for the New York City streets in search of pizza or Chinese takeout.
But everywhere they go, they’re told “No peacocks!” So they try to get an ooey, gooey, delicious meal closer to home. But how are they going to sneak into the school’s dining hall and get their wings on the school’s world-famous mac ‘n cheese? A little plotting, some stolen disguises, and help from the students, and mission mac ‘n cheese is a go! Will the peacocks finally get their mac ‘n cheese? Or will their cover be blown, forcing them to fly the coop?
Inspired by the real-life beloved, celebrity birds living on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, and brought to the page in bold, bright style, No Peacocks!is a hilarious romp and a perfect read-aloud.
Why I like this book:
- Kids love funny books…I love funny books…and this is a very funny book!
- Great diversity in the school children!
- Bold bright colors will engage kids from the first page to the last!
And here is some more info about the book, straight from the author’s mouth!
My latest book, No Peacocks! A Feathered Tale of Three Mischievous Foodies, illustrated by Chris Ewald (Sky Pony Press) flies onto bookshelves on 9/4.
Let me introduce you to some friends of mine:
This is Phil. He’s a white leucistic peafowl.
This is Jim or Harry.
Or Harry or Jim. They’re your traditional blue-green peacocks.
Phil, Jim, and Harry reside on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. From the moment I saw them, I knew I wanted to write a story about them. But it wasn’t until I was attending a meeting for The Cathedral School’s book fair, when my son was a student, and someone announced—Did anyone leave a stroller on the porch with a sandwich? Because one of the peacocks just ate it—that I knew the kind of story I was going to write.
No Peacocks! is a fictional tale about Phil, Jim, and Harry’s quest to taste the school’s very famous mac ‘n cheese. With a little plotting, some stolen school uniforms, and help from the students, Mission Mac ‘n Cheese is a go! No Peacocks! is a cheesy story of friendship and teamwork, with a mild sprinkling of fowl behavior.
Every day tour buses line up along Amsterdam Avenue from 110th Street to 112th Street to see the three celebrity peacocks and visit the cathedral (which also happens to be where Madeleine L’Engle had worked as the librarian and writer in residence).
No Peacocks! is a quintessential New York story. There may be Eloise at The Plaza Hotel on the east side of town, but there’s no doubt that the peacocks at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine are THE celebrities on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
WOW! Don’t you love getting a behind the scenes look at how/why a book came to be? Is this not fantastic? And just think…one lucky person is going to win a copy of this fascinating book!!! Make sure you leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway.
Photo courtesy: https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/peacock-crafts-and-activities/
For detailed instructions on many peacock crafts: https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/peacock-crafts-and-activities/
Here are some great learning extension activities from Robin:
And for more picture book reviews, please hop over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.
I hope you will all come back tomorrow to visit with author Robin Newman who is stopping by to chat with us on Will Write for Cookies. Please don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway…and remember that book reviews on sites like Amazon and Goodreads are one of the best gifts you can give to your favorite authors.
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday! I’m so happy to bring you one of the new 2018 debuts! This one is such a perfect marriage of text and illustrations – and one of the reasons for that is because it was created by the very talented author/illustrator Jen Betton. I fell in love with her heartfelt drawings of all of the animal characters and I think you will also. And guess what? Jen will be stopping by Will Write for Cookies tomorrow with an inside peek at her writing/illustrating life.
Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post and on tomorrow’s for a chance to win a copy of this wonderful book!
HEDGEHOG NEEDS A HUG
Written and illustrated by Jen Betton
Published by G.P.Putnam’s Sons (June 2018)
Synopsis: From Amazon:
Everyone needs hugs, even if they’re prickly.
When Hedgehog wakes up feeling down in the snout and droopy in the prickles, he knows a hug will make him feel much better. But none of his animal friends are eager to wrap their arms around Hedgehog’s prickles, and he’s too smart to fall for Fox’s sly offer.
Then Hedgehog gets a surprise: Another animal in the forest is feeling exactly the same way.
Luckily, both are kind and brave enough for the perfect hug
Why I like this book:
- Text filled with heart and humor is paired with gorgeous heartfelt illustrations
- I LOVE friendship stories – and so do children
- Kids will really relate to how Hedgehog is feeling
Photo courtesy: https://totallythebomb.com/25-totally-cute-hedgehog-crafts
Can you believe all of these awesome hedgehog crafts? For detailed instructions, please go to: https://totallythebomb.com/25-totally-cute-hedgehog-crafts
Matthew Winner gave a shout out to Jen’s new trailer for HEDGEHOG NEEDS A HUG: http://www.matthewcwinner.com/single-post/2018/06/05/HEDGEHOG-NEEDS-A-HUG-Book-Trailer-Premiere
Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the book giveaway…and please support your favorite authors and illustrators by buying their books, telling friends about their books, and writing reviews for their books.
And definitely don’t miss coming tomorrow when author/illustrator Jen Betton stops by to chat on Will Write for Cookies.
Happy Summer to all…and have a safe weekend!
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!
Before we get to the review of today’s picture book, thanks to our generous authors and their publishers, we have some giveaways to announce.
The winner of A Campfire Tail by Sarah Glenn Marsh is…
The winner of SELFIE SEBASTIAN by Sarah Glenn Marsh is…
And the winner of THE MANIC PANIC by Richa Jha is…
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL…I will connect with you all so we can ship out your books!
Thank you, dear readers, for spending your precious time here on my blog. I truly appreciate it and I know our wonderful authors and illustrators love reading the wonderful comments you leave. And the best way to thank these wonderful authors is to buy their books, review their books, and tell other people about their books!
Speaking of wonderful authors (what’s that you say…I am using the word ‘wonderful’ too many time?) – I met the author of today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday at a conference a couple of years ago. She was already deep into her research for this story and maybe, when she stops by for Will Write for Cookies tomorrow, we will learn more about that.
FLYING DEEP: CLIMB INSIDE DEEP-SEA SUBMERSIBLE ALVIN
Written by Michelle Cusolito
Illustrated by Nicole Wong
Published by: Charlesbridge (2018)
Themes: Underwater exploration, Submersible Alvin
Synopsis: From Amazon:
Climb aboard Alvin, the famous deep-sea submersible credited with helping to find the Titanic, and take a trip two miles down to the bottom of the ocean.
Experience a day in the life of an Alvin pilot and join scientists at the seafloor to collect samples and conduct research. Along the way, discover what one wears, eats, and talks about during a typical eight-hour trip in a underwater craft and find out more about the animals that live deep in our oceans. Extensive back matter explains how Alvin works, describes the author’s research, and includes a glossary and further reading.
“An appealing, exhilarating, and informative vicarious journey of discovery” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
Why I like this book:
- Fabulous information written in a very accessible and engaging manner.
- Super fun illustrations
- And if you are in the neighborhood of the Eight Cousins Bookstore in Falmouth, Massachusetts, you can join in the launch party: https://www.facebook.com/events/209296316324369/
Photo courtesy: https://iheartcraftythings.com
For details on any of these fun underwater themed crafts, please click on this link: https://iheartcraftythings.com/15-ocean-kids-crafts.html
If you are looking for more picture book reviews, head on over to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday link up.
Do you have plans for this weekend? I’ve promised my daughter that I’ll help her plant tomatoes. I also need to get herbs and vegetable plants for my own garden. I love the smell of sun-warmed soil. And there is something very healing about planting things that blossom with life.