Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! One of my fondest memories is of going to Coney Island – the famous beach in Brooklyn, New York. I’d build sandcastles as the water lapped at my creation, eat hot dogs from Nathan’s, slathered with mustard, and skip along the boardwalk, hoping my parents would buy me a cone filled with soft-serve ice cream – vanilla, of course! But one of the things I loved best of all was when I got a chance to ride the carousel. Round and round we’d go…my gallant steed bringing me ever so close to the machine that dispensed brass rings. If you were able to grab one, you got a free ride! I’d stretch out my arm, lean as far as I could, and…usually miss. But I can guarantee that if you grab today’s selection at your favorite indie bookstore, you will definitely be a winner – of SEVEN GOLDEN RINGS!Continue reading
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! Fall is definitely upon us here in New England – mornings are crisp and cold – days are sunny and warm. The days are getting shorter – and I’m definitely not a fan of that…but the good thing is that longer nights mean more time for reading great picture books…like this one by Jackie Azúa Kramer. The book launches October 20…and it’s already snagged THREE starred reviews. And if you leave a comment and share the post on social media, you might be the lucky winner of a brand-new copy!
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. One of my favorite moments is when a book is published that I saw as a rough draft years before. It’s a great feeling to know that my feedback might have helped shape the story. If you are a writer, do you share your manuscripts with critique buddies? I hope the answer to that is a big YES…because IMO, critique groups are a crucial ingredient in paving a successful path to publication. And today’s featured book is by one of my long-time critique partners, author and editor Alayne Kay Christian.