Kids feeling deflated from the summer heat? Introduce them to Balloon Trees and fun balloon games!

Ever wonder how a balloon is made? Follow the journey of a balloon from its beginnings as gooey sap in a tree to its completion at a rubber factory. And after storytime, open a bag of balloons and introduce your kids to these fun balloon games and learning activities! Check out these online and printable…… Continue reading Kids feeling deflated from the summer heat? Introduce them to Balloon Trees and fun balloon games!

Rocket-Bye Baby Pre-Order and Cover Reveal!

  Rocket-Bye Baby is available for pre-order now and will land on shelves everywhere January 8, 2019! Don’t you just love this cover? Wait until you see the interior with the orange and pink sunset and the dreamy outer-space landscape. Ziyue Chen’s illustrations are out of this world! Here’s a bit about the book: When…… Continue reading Rocket-Bye Baby Pre-Order and Cover Reveal!

Purrrfect Picture Books for Animal Lovers

It’s summertime and many children are free as birds having flown from the confines of school classrooms everywhere. But that doesn’t mean the reading has to end! In fact summer reading programs are popping up at libraries nationwide. Today, I’ve collected a few of my favorite books about animals, some thought-provoking, some educational, and others…… Continue reading Purrrfect Picture Books for Animal Lovers

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)