Author/Illustrator: Chris Van Dusen Best for kids: who love animals and good books On the dust jacket: When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the circus animals must stagger to the shore of a small island. At first the townspeople view them with suspicion, but it’s not long before locals and… Read more »
At our book launch party a charming little girl named Mikayla informed me that she wanted to be a children’s book author. She treated me a bit like a celebrity and wanted to know all about my journey to authorhood. The role of celebrity suited me rather well, I thought. I love kids. Especially the forward ones. Mikayla informed… Read more »
Author/Illustrator: Yangsook Choi Best for kids: who are learning about diversity, who ever thought about changing their own name On the dust jacket: Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead… Read more »
My kids loved it, but then again, kids are easy to entertain. Most will sit and watch the most inane drivel as long as the movie is brightly animated. I’m looking at you, Turbo. Sometimes, especially with non-Pixar animated films, I get the feeling that the film was made just to provide Netflix content which… Read more »
Author: David LaRochelle Illustrator: Mark Fearing On the dust jacket: “Green beans are good for you. Green beans will make you big and strong.” Martha doesn’t believe what her parents tell her. And nothing will ever -EVER- maker her eat them. But when some beady-eyed, boot stomping beans bust into town and start causing trouble,… Read more »
Since reading Part One, you’ve learned how to become inspired and how to hone that drive into a more focused idea. Now it’s time to start writing something. But what to write? Where to start? Here are the two best pieces of advice I ever got about writing: First, write where the energy is; and… Read more »
My mantra this month is, “Be a little better everyday”. This is a nice healthy mantra for me because I tend to be an all-or-nothing kind of a person. Either I am the president of the PTA or I don’t go at all. Either I am making a perfect meal or we are having nachos… Read more »
Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Tony Ross On the cover: Where the willow tree meets the water, a tadpole met a caterpillar. They gazed into each other’s tiny eyes… and fell in love. “I love everything about you,” said the caterpillar. “Promise you’ll never change.” And foolishly the tadpole promised… But we all know that tadpoles… Read more »
Author: Mara Berman Illustrator: Nick Maland On the dust jacket: Snip snap! Snip Snap! Snip snap! What’s that? And what will the children do once they find out? Candy House Review: This book is a riot. I love when a book insists that you read it with gusto… this book insists! I was impressed by… Read more »
In this six-part series titled Writing Your Own Book, I will take you through everything from: finding your genre, structuring ideas, the revision process, submitting to publishing houses, and even how to get famous once your work is published. I will be focusing on Children’s lit because I am a published author in that field… Read more »
Book Review: My Teacher Is a Monster!
Title: My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not) Author/Illustrator: Peter Brown Publisher: Little Brown and Company Interest level: Ages 4 to 8 Best for kids: Who are active, who are in school From the dust jacket: Bobby has a problem. You see, his teacher is a monster. But when Bonny runs into his… Read more »
Book Review: Brimsby’s Hats
Title: Brimsby’s Hats Author/Illustrator: Andrew Prahin Publisher: Simon & Schuster Interest level: Ages 4 to 8 Best for kids: Who have a friend moving away From the dust jacket: A lonely hat maker uses quirky creativity to make friends in this delightful picture book that will charm readers young and old. Brimsby is a happy… Read more »
Book Review: Just Right for Two
Title: Just Right for Two Author/Illustrator: Tracey Corderoy & Rosalind Beardshaw Publisher: Nosy Crow Interest level: Ages 3-5 Best for kids: Who are learning about friendship From the dust jacket: Dog feels he has everything he needs in his big blue suitcase, which is full of all the little treasures he has collected. Then one… Read more »
Book Review: Monsters Love School
Title: Monsters Love School Author/Illustrator: Mike Austin Publisher: Harper Collins Interest level: ages 4 to 8 Best for kids: who are getting ready to start school, who love monsters From the dust jacket: Celebrate the beginning of school with hilarious, energetic monsters in Monsters Love School from picture-book author-illustrator Mike Austin. Summer is over, and… Read more »
Book Review: Little Green Peas
Title: Little Green Peas Author/Illustrator: Keith Baker Publisher: Simon & Schuster Interest level: Pre-school- 3 Best for kids: Who are learning colors From the dust jacket: Little green peas are everywhere- sailing blue boats, flying red kites, and skiing down purple mountains. Take a pea-k into their colorful world! The Review: I never liked to… Read more »
Book Review: You Are (Not) Small
Title: You Are (Not) Small Author/Illustrator: Anna Kang, Christopher Weyant Publisher: Two Lions/ Amazon Publishing Interest level: Ages 2 to 6 Best for kids: Who love teddy bears and are noticing that everyone’s body is different From the dust jacket: Two fuzzy creatures can’t agree on who is small and who is big, until a… Read more »
Book Review: Dinosaur Farm
Title: Dinosaur Farm Author/Illustrator: Frann Preston-Gannon Publisher: Anova Books (Scholastic) 2013 Interest level: Ages 3 to 5 Best for kids: Who love dinosaurs From the dust jacket: It’s hard work being a farmer—and even harder running a DINOSAUR FARM! Children will love spending a day on this vibrant farm, filled with appealing prehistoric creatures of… Read more »
Book Review: Mix It Up!
Title: Mix It Up! Author/Illustrator: Hervé Tullet Publisher: Chronicle Books (2014) Age group: Three to five Best for kids: Who love art. Who love to make messes. From the dust jacket: Accept Hervé Tullet’s irresistible invitation to mix it up in a dazzling adventure of whimsy and wonder. Follow the artist’s simple instructions, and suddenly… Read more »
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