Perfect Picture Book Friday: BEDTIME DADDY!

Title: BEDTIME DADDY! Written by: Sharon Giltrow Illustrated by: Katrin Dreiling EK Books, 2020 For ages: 3-7 Themes/topics: bedtime, parent-child bond, role reversal First page: When you see your daddy rub his eyes and stifle a yawn, announce, “Bedtime, Daddy!” Summary (from the publisher): Putting Daddy to bed can be hard work. Especially when he starts…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: THE FORT

Title: THE FORT Written by: Laura Perdew Illustrated by: Adelina Lirius Page Street Kids, 2020 For ages: 4-8 Themes/topics: imaginative play, sharing, friendship First spread: As the prince strutted toward his castle, he daydreamed about the royal feast he was planning. He imagined music and food and fun with friends. But when he crossed over the…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: After the Rain

Grab your galoshes! Today I review an onomatopoeia-rich picture book debut about the many joys of rain puddles from fellow 2020 Debut Crew member Rebecca Koehn. Title: AFTER THE RAIN Written by: Rebecca Koehn Illustrated by: Simone Krüger Beaming Books, March 2020 For ages: 3-6 Themes/topics: rain, water, play, sharing, friendship First two spreads: Drip.           …

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Down Under the Pier

Today I review a lyrical new picture book debut from another of the amazing 2020 Debut Crew members, Nell Cross Beckerman. Title: Down Under the Pier Written by: Nell Cross Beckerman Illustrated by: Rachell Sumpter Cameron Kids, April 2020 For ages: four and up Themes/topics: marine life, intertidal zone, wonder First spread: Up on the pier,…

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: https://twitter.com/2020DebutCrew https://www.instagram.com/2020debutcrew/ https://2020debutcrew.weebly.com/ 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: https://twitter.com/2020DebutCrew https://www.instagram.com/2020debutcrew/ https://2020debutcrew.weebly.com/ 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: https://twitter.com/2020DebutCrew https://www.instagram.com/2020debutcrew/ https://2020debutcrew.weebly.com/ Connect with Aya: https://twitter.com/ayawrites https://www.instagram.com/ayakhalilauthor/ https://ayakhalil.com/ Title: THE ARABIC QUILT Written by:…