Cover Reveal! “Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses

You’ll have to wait until October 13 for the book, but since today is a special day—my dad’s 93rd birthday—it seems a perfect day to share the cover of “SMELLY” KELLY AND HIS SUPER SENSES: HOW JAMES KELLY’S NOSE SAVED THE NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY. Though my father doesn’t have an extraordinary nose, he’s a … More Cover Reveal! “Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses

The Dam

This week for PPBF, I want to share a gentle, thoughtful, beautiful picture book with a story like none I’ve ever seen.  Title: The Dam Written by: David Almond Illustrated by: Levi Pinfold Candlewick Press, 2018 Suitable for ages: 5-8 Themes/topics: music, change, hope, loss Opening: He woke her early. “Bring your fiddle,” he said. The … More The Dam

Rice from Heaven

Earlier, author Tina Cho shared how she turned her real life experience into a picture book. Today, as part of Perfect Picture Book Friday, here’s more about this important book.  Title: Rice from Heaven: The Secret Mission to Feed North Koreans Written by: Tina Cho Illustrated by: Keum Jin Song little bee books – 2018 … More Rice from Heaven

Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament

Here’s a fun read for Perfect Picture Book Friday.  Title: Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament Written by: Anne Renaud Illustrated by: Felicita Sala Kids Can Press, 2017, historical fiction Suitable for ages: 4-8 Themes/topics: cooking, potato chips, perseverance Opening: George Crum loved to cook. He fricasseed and flambéed, boiled and braised, poached and pureed. He made … More Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament

King Louie’s Shoes

It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday! Here’s a totally fun picture book with a bit of history, perfect for short people and shoe-lovers everywhere! Title: King Louie’s Shoes Written by: D.J. Steinberg Illustrated by: Robert Neubecker Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, 2017, historical fiction Suitable for ages: 4-8 Themes/topics: shoes, being short, being yourself Opening: Louis the … More King Louie’s Shoes

A Voyage in the Clouds

This week’s Perfect Picture Book takes us up in the air and back in time. Title: A Voyage in the Clouds, the (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785 Written by: Matthew Olshan Illustrated by: Sophie Blackall Farrar Straus Giroux, 2016 Historical fiction, 40 pp. Suitable for ages: 4-8 Lexile: … More A Voyage in the Clouds