November 8 – Young Readers Day

Honored to have COUNT ON US! featured on the wonderful Celebrate Picture Books blog today for Young Readers Day!


About the Holiday

Falling each year on the first Tuesday in November, Young Readers Day highlights all of the benefits that babies, kids, tweens, and teenagers reap by reading and being read to. The holiday celebrates parents, teachers, and other caregivers who make sure that children are connected with books that capture their minds and hearts and lead to a lifetime love of reading. People are also encouraged to stop by their local bookstore and let their kids pick out a new book to enjoy.  Today is also National STEM/STEAM Day, which aims to get kids exploring the fields of science technology, engineering, art, and math – subjects that are the backbone of discovery and the type of innovation needed to design a better future for us all. Today’s book incorporates both of these holidays! 

Count on Us! Climate Activists from One to a Billion

Written by Gabi Snyder | Illustrated…

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Making Those All Important Book Reviews A Little Easier

Great advice from Susanna Leonard Hill!

Susanna Leonard Hill

I know.

It’s Sunday!

What the heck am I doing in your inbox?

We’re all supposed to be eating pancakes in the shape of alphabet letters, still in our pajamas, doing nothing even remotely work-related to interfere with our family morning!

I agree completely. I’m right there with you! I’m even wearing my zebra slippers.

But I’ve been thinking about something (because I have book due out in two days – 2!!!) that I thought might have crossed your minds too (because a lot of you have books out, or will at some point, or you’ve been asked to write reviews), and this was an open day for a blog post 😊

I think it’s fair to say we are all readers. As readers, we have probably all looked to online reviews to help us make decisions on which books should get our hard-earned money. (Also which vacuum is…

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Perfect Picture Book Friday: THE TRAVELING CAMERA: Lewis Hine and the Fight to End Child Labor

Cover of The Traveling Camera Title: THE TRAVELING CAMERA: Lewis Hine and the Fight to End Child Labor Written by: Alexandra Hinrichs Illustrated by: Michael Garland Getty Publications, September 2021 For ages: 6-9 Themes/topics: child labor, photography, Lewis Hine, social reform, National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) Opening spread: If I could tell the story in words…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Queen of Physics

Cover of Queen of Physics Title: QUEEN OF PHYSICS: How WU CHIEN SHIUNG Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom Written by: Teresa Robeson Illustrated by: Rebecca Huang Sterling Children’s Books, 2019 For ages: 5 and up Themes/topics: physics/physicists, stem, atoms, beta decay, women in science, Chinese Americans Opening spread: In China, in the small town…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: OPENING THE ROAD: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book

Cover of Opening the Road Title: OPENING THE ROAD: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book Written by: Keila V. Dawson Illustrated by: Alleanna Harris Beaming Books, 2021 For ages: 4-8 Themes/topics: The Green Book, segregation, travel, racism, biography, Black Americans, Black entrepreneurs Opening pages: Victor Hugo Green was tired of hearing no. Victor loved the…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Praline Lady

Title: Praline Lady Written by: Kirstie Myvett Illustrated by: Kameko Madere Pelican, 2020 For ages: 3-8 Themes/topics: Black women, New Orleans, 1800s history, pralines, woman entrepreneurs First page: Praline Lady stands over the stove in her shotgun house. She adds white sugar, brown sugar, butter, milk, and pecans to a pot. She stirs the mixture until…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Lone Wolf

Title: Lone Wolf Written and illustrated by: Sarah Kurpiel Greenwillow Books, 2020 For ages: 4-8 Themes/topics: family, belonging, identity, self-discovery, huskies First page: Maple loved being the Parker family dog. Why I recommend this book: Maple the husky is the adorable and beloved family dog. But she looks a lot like a wolf. So much so…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Tulip and Doug

Title: Tulip and Doug: A Spud-tacular Friendship Story Written by: Emma Wood Illustrated by: Carla Martell Scholastic NZ, 2020 For ages: 3+ Themes/topics: friendship, imagination, being true to yourself First page: Tulip was famous in her neighbourhood for two reasons: She was a fearless adventurer.She went everywhere with a seriously strange sidekick. A potato.      Why I…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Let’s Dance

Title: Let’s Dance Written by: Valerie Bolling Illustrated by: Maine Diaz Boyd Mills Press, 2020 For ages: 3-7 Themes/topics: dancing, cultures from around the world, rhyme, rhythm, joy First pages:            Tappity-Tap            Fingers Snap            Turn, Twirl            Twist, Whirl Summary (from the publisher): This rhythmic showcase of dances from all over the world features…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Hello, Little One: A Monarch Butterfly Story

Title: Hello, Little One: A Monarch Butterfly Story Written by: Zeena Pliska Illustrated by: Fiona Halliday Page Street Kids, 2020 For ages: 4-8 Themes/topics: Monarch butterflies, metamorphosis, life cycles, inter-generational friendship First page: I crawl from green leaf to green leaf. Eating and waiting. Waiting for something other than these green leaves. Everything is green. Summary…