What makes a perfect picture book? It’s probably a different set of parameters for each person…but for me, it’s a book that is entertaining, engaging, and educational…a book that provides information and inspiration to the child reader. And a book with awesome pictures! Today’s feature, BEFORE MUSIC, checks all those boxes!!! The illustrations are glorious (I can’t imagine how much research the artist, Madison Safer had to do) and the text gives us a world view of instruments and the people who play them (ditto on the research that author Annette Bay Pimentel ‘conducted’ in order to write this book!)Continue reading
Aren’t we so lucky? Beautiful important books just keep on coming! And today I’m thrilled to sing a grateful Happy Book Birthday to Annette Bay Pimentel’s latest picture book: PURA’S CUENTOS: How Pura Belpre Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories. I’ve always been such a fan of libraries and librarians…so books about them are going to definitely find a place on my shelves. And we are lucky for another reason…one person who leaves a comment and shares this post will win a copy of this amazing book!!Continue reading
WILL WRITE FOR COOKIES
INSIGHT – INFORMATION – INSPIRATION
ANNETTE BAY PIMEMTEL
One of my favorite things to do is to check out the blogs of authors, illustrators, and educators…I always find amazing resources and amazing people! Last year, when I hopped over to our guest’s website, I fell in love with her books and with her mission to bring history alive for young children.
Last year, Mountain Chef (Charlesbridge, 2016) which next month will be awarded the National Council of Social Studies’ Carter G. Woodson Award. Here’s the link. Next year, Girl Running (Nancy Paulsen: 2018), and the year after that, Ann Brooks Goes West (with her piano) (Nancy Paulsen: 2019)…I hope Annette never stops!
Welcome, Annette! Thanks so much for stopping by to chat. I know my readers are excited to hear more about your writing journey.
ME: Who were your favorite authors/illustrators when you were a child?
ANNETTE: My first grade teacher read us the new Richard Scarry Busytown mysteries (oh how I age myself!) and I was totally entranced by his vision of a town filled with all sorts of different creatures with different backstories and different motivations that could be uncovered. Obviously his story was fiction, but in some ways it seemed more true to the multi-cultural city I lived in than the Sally, Dick, and Jane books that were our usual fare.
ME: What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started writing?
ANNETTE: I wish I’d known that—at least so far!—I would never discover the secret that would make it easy. Every project has its own challenges and problems—but also its own pleasures and delights.
ME: Where do you like to write – inside, outside, special room, laptop, pen and paper?
ANNETTE: I write at my treadmill desk. My handwriting is horrible, so I draft on the computer, though I do at least one revision by hand, sometimes with literal scissors and tape.
ME: When do you write – early morning, late in the day, middle of the night, on schedule, as the muse strikes?
ANNETTE: I write during the day while my children are at school.
ME: Why do you write for children?
ANNETTE: I love the magic that happens when artist and writer collaborate, so picture books feel like the most wonderful spot in the publishing world.
ME: Thank you so very much, Annette. And I agree…it is definitely magic when artist and writer meet and create a wonderland for kids! Kind of like a batch of the Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies you gave of the recipe for!
ANNETTE: Here’s a recipe for Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies, based on a recipe by Mollie Katzen in her wonderful cookbook, Still Life with Menu. My family desperately wishes I had a photo of them to send you, as they would like to eat them, but no time to bake them up now.
3/4 c. butter
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. peppermit extract
1 1/2 c. white flour
1/4 c. cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips
Bake about 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
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Dear friends…thank you for stopping by and spending your precious time with Annette and me. Annette is generously offering a copy of Mountain Chef…so don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway. And also don’t forget to leave reviews for your favorite authors on Amazon and Goodreads.
And an update on our visit to Mass General in Boston…Stuart’s cardiac catherization went well…and we should be bringing him home later today!!! Thanks to all who kept us close to their hearts and sent loving thoughts and healing prayers.