Perfect Picture Book Friday: SMALL MATTERS

Today I review a wonder-inspiring picture book debut from friend, critique partner, and fellow 2020 Debut Crew member, Heather Ferranti Kinser. Title: SMALL MATTERS: The Hidden Power of the Unseen Written by: Heather Ferranti Kinser Millbrook Press, April 2020 For ages: Preschool – Grade 3 Themes/topics: science, STEM, technology, animal adaptations, scanning electron microscope (SEM), nanoscale…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: EARTH HOUR: A Lights-Out

Today I review a beautiful and timely new picture book debut about Earth Hour, an annual event that highlights the importance of energy conservation. Title: EARTH HOUR: A Lights-Out Event for Our Planet Written by: Nanette Heffernan Illustrated by: Bao Luu Charlesbridge, January 2020 For ages: 3-7 Themes/topics: Earth Hour, energy conservation, sustainability First spread: All…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: HELP WANTED: MUST LOVE BOOKS

This week I’m reviewing another debut picture book, out soon from Janet Sumner Johnson, a member of the fabulous 2020 Debut Crew! HELP WANTED: MUST LOVE BOOKS will be out March 1 from Capstone.   Connect with the 2020 Debut Crew: Title: HELP WANTED: MUST LOVE BOOKS Written by: Janet Sumner Johnson Illustrated…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: RAILWAY JACK

This week I’m reviewing another debut picture book, out soon from KT Johnston, a member of the fabulous 2020 Debut Crew! RAILWAY JACK will be out February 1 from Capstone.   Connect with the 2020 Debut Crew: Title: RAILWAY JACK: THE TRUE STORY OF AN AMAZING BABOON Written by: KT Johnston Illustrated by:…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: THE ARABIC QUILT

This week I’m excited to review Aya Khalil’s beautiful picture book debut, THE ARABIC QUILT, out in February. (Aya and I are both members of the fabulous 2020 Debut Crew, a picture book debut group.) Connect with the 2020 Debut Crew: Connect with Aya: Title: THE ARABIC QUILT Written by:…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: MY SHAPE IS SAM

Title: MY SHAPE IS SAM Written by: Amanda Jackson Illustrated by: Lydia Nichols Page Street Kids, 2019, fiction For ages: 4-8 Themes/topics: identity, self-discovery, self-confidence, nonconformity, differences, community, self-expression, shapes, careers/jobs, empathy First spread: Sam had four even sides. Four pointy corners. And like all other squares, he was a builder. He lived in a place…

TWO DOGS ON A TRIKE Cover Reveal (plus a giveaway)

Two Dogs on a Trike cover

COVER REVEAL for my debut picture book!

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

by Gabi Snyder & Robin Rosenthal

Thank you, Tara, for hosting the cover reveal for TWO DOGS ON A TRIKE!


When the gate is left open, one dog escapes the yard for an adventure on tricycles, trolleys, and trains. This hilarious story counts up to ten and back down again as more pups join the fun—and one very determined cat goes on the chase!

Coming in May 2020!

We (author Gabi Snyder and illustrator Robin Rosenthal) “met” for the first time over video chat to discuss our experiences creating TWO DOGS ON A TRIKE, which is the debut picture book for us both!

RR: What inspired TWO DOGS ON A TRIKE?

GS:I’d say one part real-life and one part kidlit! The dog versus cat dynamic that plays out in the story was inspired, in part, by my childhood pets. I grew up with a cat…

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Perfect Picture Book Friday: SEA BEAR

Title: SEA BEAR: A Journey for Survival Written & illustrated by: Lindsay Moore Harper Collins/Greenwillow Books, 2019, fiction For ages: 4-8 Themes/topics: polar bears, journeys, patience, survival, climate change First spread: Polar bears are patient beasts, as patient as glaciers. We know how to hope and how to wait. I learned to be patient long ago…