Perfect Picture Book Friday: Julián Is a Mermaid

A few months ago, I had the good fortune of hearing Betsy Bird speak about her favorite newly-released and soon-to-be released picture books. When she described the mesmerizing illustrations in Julián Is a Mermaid, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Title: Julián Is a Mermaid Written and illustrated by: Jessica Love Candlewick…

PPBF: Two Speckled Eggs

Title: TWO SPECKLED EGGS Written and illustrated by: Jennifer K. Mann Candlewick Press, 2014, fiction For Ages: 4 and up Themes/Topics: friendship, cliques, outsiders, being different/unique First spread: Ginger’s birthday party was in two weeks, and she wanted to invite all the girls in her class... except Lyla Browning. Summary (from the publisher): “It’s Ginger’s birthday,…

#50PreciousWords and Madness! Poetry

It's time for brave brevity. It's time for Vivian Kirkfield's #50PreciousWords writing challenge. Coming in at exactly 50 words, here's my entry:   Moose Wants to Play! “Duck.” “Duck.” “Moose!” screeched Owl. “Vamoose! You’re too big for Duck, Duck, Goose.” Moose clumped on. Rabbit and Hedgehog twirled a rope. “Little white rabbit, hop...” “Moose! Stop!…

2018 Valentiny Contest: The Valentine’s Rooster

 "I love you, a bushel and a peck...." Hello, there. And Happy Valentine's Day! It's time once again for Susanna Leonard Hill's Valentiny kidlit writing contest. This year, entries must feature someone "hopeful." And, as always, the story must contain no more than 214 words. After reading The Valentine's Rooster, please check out all the…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: LOVE

Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection is from one of my favorite authors, Newbery Medal winner, Matt de La Peña. And what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than a celebration of love in its many forms. Title: LOVE Written by: Matt de La Peña Illustrated by: Loren Long G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2018, fiction For Ages:…