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

We Are Grateful, Otsaliheliga

I’m feeling very grateful. And I’ve got the perfect picture book to share. Open the cover and be welcomed into Cherokee culture for Perfect Picture Book Friday. Title: We Are Grateful, Otsaliheliga Written by: Traci Sorell Illustrated by: Frané Lessac Charlesbridge, 2018 Suitable for ages: 3-7 Themes/topics: Cherokee Indians, Native Americans, gratitude, culture Opening: Cherokee … More We Are Grateful, Otsaliheliga

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

Mining for Heart: “Make Your Readers FEEL SOMETHING” by Tammi Sauer

I’m so honored to host the amazing Tammi Sauer, a children’s author who has been tickling funny bones for years. Though Tammi has many new picture books, my all time favorite is still CHICKEN DANCE from 2009. Thank you, Tammi, for sharing how you keep us chuckling!   When writing picture books, I always aim … More Mining for Heart: “Make Your Readers FEEL SOMETHING” by Tammi Sauer

100 Bugs!

It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday! Here’s a lovely and creative counting book that just might inspire you to get out in nature before school starts. It’s also a great book for teachers to start off the year! Congratulations to Julie LaCombe, winner of Adventures to School by Miranda Paul! Next week, be sure to stop … More 100 Bugs!