Doctor Esperanto AND Lights! Camera! Alice!

It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday! Today, we’ve got a double-feature – two new picture book bios by the incredible Mara Rockliff! AND on March 1st, Mara will share her process of Mining for Heart. Come back and hear the story behind the stories. Title: Doctor Esperanto and the Language of Hope Written by:Mara Rockliff Illustrated … More Doctor Esperanto AND Lights! Camera! Alice!

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

Mining for Heart: “The Metaphor” by Jessie Oliveros

Having experienced loved ones struggling with memory loss in my own family, Jessie Oliveros’ debut picture book, THE REMEMBER BALLOONS, really touched my heart. It’s clear that this story came straight from her own experience, but how does a writer convey an abstract concept like memory loss and make it comprehensible to children?   Thank … More Mining for Heart: “The Metaphor” by Jessie Oliveros

Behind the Scenes: Out-Takes from An Inconvenient Alphabet

This is the second in a new series I hope to grow – about what goes on “behind the scenes” in writing for children.  If you put together all the writing that’s done for a picture book, it would be enough for a novel. All the revisions. All the cuts. Ideas tried and dumped. Information … More Behind the Scenes: Out-Takes from An Inconvenient Alphabet