Some of the books that are launching recently seem so perfect for the current world situation – I wonder if the authors had ESP!  This one, for example!

Let’s sing an extra-ordinary Happy Birthday to Lisa Katzenberger’s latest picture book:


Written by Lisa Katzenberger

Illustrated by Barbara Bakos

Published by Penguin

Synopsis from Amazon:

Even the regular, average, ordinary days can be celebrated with this charming picture book!

Peter does not like being bored, so he comes up with a way to have some festive fun–he’ll celebrate a different holiday each day! He even rates them on a scale of 1 to 10. But when he wakes up one morning to discover there isn’t any holiday, he realizes he’ll have to take matters into his own hands and make up his own! That’s easier said than done, though, and nothing seems to go right–until Peter realizes that even a regular, average, ordinary day can be something worth celebrating.

What I love about this book is that kids can really relate to feeling bored…especially these days! 

I’m also excited because I love books written by kidlit friends…and I’ve been lucky enough to meet the lovely Lisa Katzenberger on a couple of my trips to Chicago…earlier this year I even got to have lunch with her!!!!

Order a copy of NATIONAL REGULAR ORDINARY DAY where you’ll find out:

  • Which holiday rated a 1
  • If squirrels like the bathtub
  • What you can do with a cardboard box
  • How often a cat appears in the illustrations even though it wasn’t in the manuscript

And how about a free downloadable activity kit? Here is the link from Lisa website: http://www.lisakatzenberger.com/books.html


And because I know we all want to support our local bookstores, here is a buy link to the book on Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/books/national-regular-average-ordinary-day/9781524792404

I hope you all have a lovely rest of the week. My days are definitely busy…currently reading a pile of manuscripts for Justin Colon’s #PBChat Mentorship Program and also clearing the clutter in preparation of putting my house on the market…and packing boxes. It seems like yesterday that I packed 350 boxes when we moved from Colorado to NH…and now, although it will only be a move of a few miles, you still have to go through everything and pack it up. Plus on Friday, I’ll be joining Callie Metler Smith’s Writing Magic Retreat – with a presentation about Writing Cross Culturally.
Please stay safe, everyone…and be well!

Happy Book Birthday: WAKAWAKALOCH Plus Giveaway

LET’S ALL SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Chana Stiefel’s newest picture book that launches TODAY:

Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to WAKAWAKALOCH, Happy Birthday to You!



Written by Chana Stiefel

Illustrated by Mary Sullivan

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers (August 27, 2019)

Here’s a bit about the book:

No one can pronounce Wakawakaloch’s name. Why couldn’t she be called something simple . . . like Gloop? That’s a name you can find on a T-shirt! But after a visit with her village’s elder, Wakawakaloch discovers what her name means, and how powerful names can be. Gloop may be easy to say, but the girl who helps her friends embrace differences and wear their names proudly? Her name is Wakawakaloch!

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Perfect Picture Book Friday: LOLA CAN’T LEAP

Is it Friday already? I’m not sure what is happening to time…is it just me or is it going faster for everyone?

But the good thing is that Friday means we get to read and review another wonderful picture book – hurray! And not only is today’s book by one of my dearest critique buddies, but it has also been KID-TESTED by my 5-year old granddaughter…I read it to her on Skype…and she loved it! She saw the cover and said Continue reading