Great Reads

BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! Book Birthday

Welcome, friends! My latest picture book, BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! is out in the world. YIPPEE! In it, you’ll meet a colorful cast of animal characters building something wonderful and whimsical for their community! Each day of the week contains a different construction activity as the digging, dumping and ‘dozing build up to one stupendous… Read more »

Laurie Ann Thompson: Why dogs – and simple stories – are the best!

When I first heard about Laurie Ann Thompson’s latest picture book My Dog is the Best, I thought, “Brilliant! Simply brilliant!” – emphasis on the word “simply.” And the reviewers agree. “This simple, quiet story conveys the enduring bond between child and dog, with the added appeal of a joke that younger children just beginning… Read more »

2015 ALSC Book & Media Award Winners

Wondering what to read next? I’d start here! Congratulations to all the wonderful winners! John Newbery Medal The Crossover written by Kwame Alexander and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Newbery Honor Books El Deafo by Cece Bell, illustrated by Cece Bell and published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS. Brown Girl Dreaming written by… Read more »

How to Love a Squash: Pat Zietlow Miller on Finding the Universal Truth in a Picture Book

Think about your favorite picture books. Lyrical text. Gorgeous or whimsical art. Endings that make you smile, sigh or shriek with delight. And something else – satisfaction. A satisfaction that makes you want to read them again and again and again.   But a brilliant rhythm won’t guarantee satisfaction. Nor will page after page of laugh-out-loud… Read more »

A Very Old Winnie the Pooh

A good friend who’s studying at Cambridge visited us over the Christmas holidays for a little skiing and relaxation. Then, a couple weeks later, we received this with his thank you note. I didn’t know that Milne was a student at Cambridge. As you can see, this was ONLY the 68th printing of the book…. Read more »