Little Red Rolls Away book birthday (plus author interview)

  by Linda Whalen illustrated by Jennifer E. Morris Grades K-2 Sleeping Bear Press, April 15, 2017   Happy Book Birthday to Little Red! Summary When Little Red Barn wakes one morning, he finds his animal friends have gone. He’s empty and alone. And then big noisy machines lift him up and put him on…… Continue reading Little Red Rolls Away book birthday (plus author interview)

The Hawk of the Castle (plus giveaway!)

The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry by Danna Smith illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline published by Candlewick Press Nonfiction Picture Book Ages 4 and up ISBN-10: 0763679925 ISBN-13: 978-0763679927 It’s here! To celebrate the release of The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry, we are giving away books! Fly…… Continue reading The Hawk of the Castle (plus giveaway!)

Spring Books to Celebrate the Season

Spring has sprung and with it comes an opportunity to read books about nature- out in nature.  In honor of my favorite season, I have put together a mixed tape of some of my favorite books on the subject (in no particular order). This collection includes new hits as well as oldies but goodies. So,…… Continue reading Spring Books to Celebrate the Season

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley illustrated by Jessie Hartland A Paula Wiseman Book, Simon & Schuster 2016   Where will booksellers keep all the amazing nonfiction books that are popping up?  I recently read an article in Publishers Weekly which stated that “even before 2009 and the beginning of  Common Core,…… Continue reading Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer

School’s First Day of School

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex / illustrated by Christian Robinson Roaring Brook Press – A Neal Porter Book June 2016   Summary It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school.  What will the children do once they come? Will they like the…… Continue reading School’s First Day of School

First Review of The Hawk of The Castle plus cover reveal!

I am happy to reveal the cover of my next book, The Hawk of the Castle (Candlewick Press, April 11, 2017).  Bagram Ibatoulline’s work is beautifully detailed and just amazing! As some of you may know, my father was a falconer so I was fortunate to learn about falconry first-hand.  This book has a special place in my heart.…… Continue reading First Review of The Hawk of The Castle plus cover reveal!

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas     illustrated by Erin E. Stead Dial Books for Young Readers  2016 Summary The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles has a job of the utmost importance.  It is his task to open any bottle found at sea and make sure that the message is delivered.  He loves…… Continue reading The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles