GUEST POST: Author Laura Sassi with The Power of Setting in Picture Books

I have a special treat for you today! Author Laura Sassi is joining us to share her insights on SETTING in picture books! Laura is the author of the delightful GOODNIGHT, MANGER, GOODNIGHT, ARK, DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE and the forthcoming, LOVE IS KIND each with just the right setting to make…… Continue reading GUEST POST: Author Laura Sassi with The Power of Setting in Picture Books

A Collection of Newly Released Picture Books

When a friend visits the Texas Library Association (TLA) and comes back with a bundle of new picture books to share with me, how can I not share with all of you?  Join me in welcoming these new books to libraries, book stores, and laps everywhere.   A poetry collection introducing animal architects that build…… Continue reading A Collection of Newly Released Picture Books

Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet

Photo copyright © 2018 by Danna Smith at Picture Book Playlist To my delight, my copy of this book arrived just in time for Earth Day! I’ve owned it for one day and have read it at least ten times. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading Thank You, Earth yet, take a look…… Continue reading Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet

From Reading Little Golden Books to Writing Them (Guest Blog Post)

Today I visit Laura Sassi Tales for a guest blog post about Little Golden Books and my journey from reading these little gems as a child to writing them. Click this link and come on over to take a look and be inspired! Thank you for having me on your blog, Laura Sassi! It’s truly…… Continue reading From Reading Little Golden Books to Writing Them (Guest Blog Post)

Balloon Trees (Let’s celebrate with free books!)

Balloons do come from trees…rubber trees! Have you ever wondered how balloons are made? This rhyming story follows the wide variety of steps involved in the balloon process, starting with the tapping of the rubber trees, to the ship that carries the liquid rubber to the factory, to the manufacturing process… all so you can…… Continue reading Balloon Trees (Let’s celebrate with free books!)

Springtime Babies (plus giveaway!)

A new Little Golden Book has hatched!  I’m so proud to share Springtime Babies with you all!  When you write a story, you have no idea if first, it will sell, and second what it will look like when the editor and illustrator do their magic.  I couldn’t be more pleased! Takako Fisher’s artwork makes…… Continue reading Springtime Babies (plus giveaway!)

Arctic White Turns Two!

“When you live in the Arctic in winter, everything is a shade of white.”  Most of the U.S. is covered in white at the moment. Is this nature’s way of celebrating Arctic White’s Book Birthday? I’m gonna say YES! I can’t believe it has already been two years since Arctic White was illustrated by amazing…… Continue reading Arctic White Turns Two!