Behind the Scenes: Illustrating Titan and the Wild Boars by Dow Phumiruk

Today I welcome the amazing Dow Phumiruk to share what goes on “behind the scenes” for illustrators. Dow writes and illustrates multiple books each year. And this project presented several challenges – time -wise, emotionally, creatively. Thank you, Dow, for taking the time to share your experiences! The process of illustrating a picture book is … More Behind the Scenes: Illustrating Titan and the Wild Boars by Dow Phumiruk

Her Fearless Run

If you’re a kidlit writer and aren’t familiar with KidLit 411, you need to check out their website. It’s hands-down the site with the most and best info on a plethora of topics for writers. There’s a FaceBook group, too. And a bonus to all this goodness  – lots of giveaways! I recently got lucky. … More Her Fearless Run

Just Like Rube Goldberg

Who doesn’t love to tinker? It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday, and here’s an inventive biography to check out.  Title: Just Like Rube Goldberg, The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines Written by: Sarah Aronson Illustrated by: Robert Neubecker Suitable for ages: 3-8 Themes/topics: STEM/STEAM, perseverance, creativity Opening: Question: How do you become … More Just Like Rube Goldberg

Mining for Heart: “The Battle Within” by Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth Brown found the heart of her story by examining how her character overcame obstacles. What pulled her through? How did that perseverance manifest itself? Then, how could the author thread that through her story for children? Today we dig deep into DANCING THROUGH FIELDS OF COLOR: THE STORY OF HELEN FRANKENTHALER by Elizabeth Brown, illustrated … More Mining for Heart: “The Battle Within” by Elizabeth Brown

Thank You, Omu!

Welcome to Perfect Picture Book Friday! Here’s a gem that everyone will enjoy and is certain to touch your heart.  Title: Thank You, Omu! Written and illustrated by: Oge Mora Little Brown, 2018, fiction Suitable for ages: 4-8 Themes/topics: gratitude, generosity, community Opening: On the corner of First Street and Long Street, on the very … More Thank You, Omu!

Behind the Scenes: Jo Ann Allen Boyce, Debbie Levy, and This Promise of Change

What an honor to have a “Behind the Scenes” guest post from Jo Ann Allen Boyce, and Debbie Levy on how they teamed up to create THIS PROMISE OF CHANGE: ONE GIRL’S STORY IN THE FIGHT FOR SCHOOL EQUALITY (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2019)! Jo Ann Allen Boyce, a retired pediatric nurse and sometime jazz singer, lives in … More Behind the Scenes: Jo Ann Allen Boyce, Debbie Levy, and This Promise of Change

Howard and the Mummy

Perfect Picture Book Friday digs deep today…into the past. Find out how one budding archaeologist followed his passion to uncover King Tut.  Title: Howard and the Mummy, Howard Carter and the Search for King Tut’s Tomb Written by: Tracey Fern Illustrated by: Boris Kulikov Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018 Suitable for ages: (not really 4-7) more … More Howard and the Mummy