Mining for Heart: “A Difference of Color” by Larry Dane Brimner

Sometimes, a story idea won’t let go, but, like Larry Dane Brimner, until I connect on an emotional or experiential level that hits me in the heart, it won’t become a story. Here, Larry shares how he found his way into his latest book: Without Separation: Prejudice, Segregation, and the Case of Roberto Alvarez, releasing Sept. … More Mining for Heart: “A Difference of Color” by Larry Dane Brimner

Cover Reveal! Revolutionary Prudence Wright

With the Fourth of July around the corner, I thought it’d be a perfect time for a sneak peek and cover reveal for REVOLUTIONARY PRUDENCE WRIGHT: LEADING THE MINUTE WOMEN IN THE FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE. We all learn about Paul Revere’s ride and the battles at Lexington and Concord where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were … More Cover Reveal! Revolutionary Prudence Wright

Mining for Heart: “Heart of a Building” by Barry Wittenstein

As a former ESL teacher, immigrant stories are near and dear to my heart. OSCAR’S AMERICAN DREAM by Barry Wittenstein caught me eye, and, as I turned each page, I was amazed at how Barry embedded heart and so much more in a story about a building. As you’ll see in this post, the heart that … More Mining for Heart: “Heart of a Building” by Barry Wittenstein

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