I’ve found that I really enjoy exploring structure as a writer. Readers experience all kinds of text structures, but they seldom have a chance to learn all the planning and puzzling involved in the process of writing. Here, author Keely Parrack gives us a peek behind the scenes at how MORNING, SUNSHINE came to be. … More Behind the Scenes: “Puzzling Out a Picture Book” with Keely Parrack
Maps! I love maps! I’m a word nerd and a map nerd, so can’t resist sharing this beauty for Perfect Picture Book Friday. It’s the evolution of an island, the collision of man and nature. Fascinating! I spent some time poring over old maps of Manhattan as I worked on Lizzie Demands a Seat, so … More Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island
I’m back for Perfect Picture Book Friday with a lovely tale about nature, commitment, and the impact of a single person. As a tree-lover, this story hit home, and it’s chock full of food for thought for all of us. Don’t miss it! Reminder: If you missed Heather Gale’s Mining for Heart post earlier this week, … More The Boy Who Grew a Forest
Stardust! We are made of stardust! What a mind-boggling concept! Today’s Perfect Picture Book takes a complex topic, makes it beautifully simple, and aims it straight at the heart. Amazing! Title: The Stuff of Stars Written by: Marion Dane Bauer Illustrated by: Ekua Holmes Candlewick 2018 Suitable for ages: 5-10 Themes/topics: universe, nature, stardust Opening: … More The Stuff of Stars
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!
a children’s book to calm the storm and inspire appreciation of the beauty of life … More Life
Do you ever stop and look down? Consider what’s beneath your feet? … More The Street Beneath My Feet
Here’s a fun one for Perfect Picture Book Friday! Title: Du Iz Tak? Written and illustrated by: Carson Ellis Candlewick, 2016, fiction Suitable for ages: 4-8 Themes/topics: nature, insects, life cycle, plants, language Opening: Du iz tak? Ma Nazoot. Brief synopsis (from barnesandnoble.com) Du iz tak? What is that? As a tiny shoot unfurls, two damselflies … More Du Iz Tak?
With the “Paging Through the Parks” celebration of the 100th anniversary of U.S. National Parks during August, it’s the perfect time to examine setting. Liz Garton Scanlon shares her experience mining the setting for story. What she found sprang from her own experience and memories, and how the setting had touched her. In the Canyon: How Setting … More Mining the Setting: “In the Canyon: How Setting Became Story” by Liz Garton Scanlon
This week – a middle grade favorite. And next week, I’ll be launching a monthly series from published authors entitled “Mining for Heart.” Stay tuned. Title: Pax Written by: Sara Pennypacker Illustrated by: Jon Klassen Balzer & Bray/Harper Collins, 2016, fiction, 288 pages Suitable for ages: 8-12 Lexile: 760 Themes/topics: nature, war, family, relationships, pets, grief Opening: … More Pax by Sara Pennypacker