The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse

“This story is about a mouse, and how he got swallowed up by a wolf, and who he met down in its belly, and what happened after that.” When a mouse is gobbled up by a wolf, he starts carrying on, “Oh woe! Oh me!” he says fearing the end is near. Until he hears, “Be quiet!…… Continue reading The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse

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

Finding Christmas (plus author interview)

I am pleased to have author Lezlie Evans as my guest today to discuss her new picture book, Finding Christmas, which releases TODAY (throws confetti) with a flurry of amazing editorial reviews.  Stay tuned after my review for a look into Lezlie’s writing life and details on creating this warm winter tale. Summary Squirrel, Mouse,…… Continue reading Finding Christmas (plus author interview)

There Might Be Lobsters

Lots of things at the beach scare Sukie. Lots. Because she is just a small dog, and the stairs are big and sandy, and the waves are big and whooshy, and the balls are big and beachy. And besides, there might be lobsters. With endearing illustrations and a perfectly paced text that captures a timid…… Continue reading There Might Be Lobsters