Category Archives: Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday
Hello dear friends! I hope you haven’t given up on me. With a March 1st deadline, I’ve been writing and revising for the past three weeks. I’m happy to say that four of the manuscripts for the compilation book are already on the editor’s desk. I have one more ready to go, another almost there, a third that needs a bit more research, and a fourth…well…let’s just say that one is still a rough draft.
January was also Tara Lazar’s STORYSTORM challenge and I now have a notebook with 30+ new story ideas. If you didn’t get a chance to hop over to read my post, you can click here. I shared how I got ideas for all of the books that are now under contract – and a few that are out on submission. If you are writing with the view to getting traditionally published, I urge you to read Jane Yolen’s post – I am always inspired by her words.
Speaking of being inspired…our Perfect Picture Book Friday selection does exactly that! The text by award-winning author Sigrid Schmalzer is glorious and the illustrations by debut picture book illustrator Melanie Linden Chan are incredible!
MOTH AND WASP, SOIL AND OCEAN: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong’s Work for Sustainable Farming
Written by Sigrid Schmalzer
Illustrated by Melanie Linden Chan
Published by Tilbury House Publishers (2018)
Themes: Sustainable farming, Chinese culture, conservation
Why I like this book:
- A true gem of history that will inspire adults and kids
- A beautiful diverse story that will help children get a better picture of life in other places and times
- Incredible illustrations from debut picture book illustrator Melanie Linden Chan…just incredible!
- I love the message of sustainable farming!
Photo courtesy: https://www.prekinders.com/category/themes/plants-seeds/
One of the favorite activities of my kinders was planting seeds. They loved getting their hands in the soil, pressing the small beans, peas, or other seeds with their fingers. Best of all, the loved watching the little green sprouts push up and flourish. For detailed instructions, go here: https://www.prekinders.com/category/themes/plants-seeds/
And while you are there, why not check out her Valentiny Contest that starts soon!
And last, but definitely not least, if you’d like to get a peek at the 2018 Debut Picture Books, please visit the Epic Eighteens website.
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend. Stay warm or stay cool, whichever you prefer.
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. I missed last week, so we have some giveaways to award before we get to the special book featured today.
From author Nancy Churnin – a copy of CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT. And the winner is…
From author/illustrator Jeanette Bradley – a copy of LOVE, MAMA. And the winner is…
From author Kerri Kokias – a PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE. And the winner is…
I’m so excited about the coming year…so many fabulous picture books are debuting…and I hope to share many of them with you.
LET THE CHILDREN MARCH
Written by Monica Clark-Robinson
Illustrated by Frank Robinson
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers (2018)
Themes: Civil Rights, segregation
I couldn’t go to their schools.
I couldn’t drink from their water fountains.
There were so many things I couldn’t do.
- I love stories that inspire children to become doers as well as dreamers.
- I love books that bring history alive for young readers.
- I love illustrations that capture our attention…and our hearts.
- I love when the partnership of author and illustrator works as it does so beautifully in this book.
- No doubt about it…this is a 5-STAR picture book…don’t miss it!
Photo courtesy: http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/kidscraftsactivitiesblog
Martin Luther King Day may have passed, but it’s never to late to celebrate diversity. Kids will love tracing their hand prints. For a classroom, why not have kids trace as many hand prints as there are kids and decorate them. Then kids can trade, so each child has a wreath made from hand prints of the entire class.
Thank you all for stopping by…I appreciate your time and your company! I’ve been less active on social media because I’ve been writing and revising…but I’ve been keeping up with STORYSTORM. Each day, another author shares how they get ideas for stories. My notebook is filling up and I’m so excited about that. I’m also excited because on January 25th, it will be my turn to share my thoughts with everyone. I hope you’ll all stop by Tara’s blog to say hello!
And for more perfect picture book reviews, please visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog where all lovers of picture books join her Perfect Picture Book Friday link up.
What a totally perfect day for a totally perfect picture book entitled SNOW SISTERS
Yes, here in New Hampshire, we are in the middle of a BLIZZARD! It’s actually lovely if you don’t have to go anywhere and have plenty of food and water and power to heat your home and keep the internet going.
And the lovely Kerri Kokias, author of Snow Sisters, has graciously offered a picture book manuscript critique as a giveaway. Woo-hoo! And tomorrow, Kerri will be stopping by to chat and share a delicious recipe for hot cocoa! MMMMM…whose got the marshmallows?
Written by Kerri Kokias
Illustrated by Teagan White
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers (2018)
Themes: Sisters, friendship, being yourself
From Amazon: Just like snowflakes, no two sisters are alike, but that doesn’t mean they can’t work together to make the perfect snow day! A heartwarming sibling story from the illustrator of That’s Me Loving You.
When snowflakes fall, two sisters react very differently. One is excited and the other is wary. The first sister spends the morning outdoors, playing until she’s all tuckered out. Meanwhile, the second sister stays indoors, becoming ever more curious about the drifts outside. Soon, they switch places, and spend the second half of the day retracing each other’s footsteps. But each sister puts her own unique spin on activities like sledding, baking and building.
The simple mirrored text is spare and lovely, and each spread is split to show what each sister is doing independently–until at last they come together in the sweet, satisfying conclusion. LeUyen Pham’s Big Sister, Little Sister meets Kate Messner’s Over and Under the Snow.
Why I like this book:
I have a sister and remember well our differences, but I also remember how we found ways to come together
I love how each sister goes her own way, but in the end, they show how much they love each other
Wonderful illustrations and perfect pacing of the text will engage children from the first page to the last.