Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley illustrated by Jessie Hartland A Paula Wiseman Book, Simon & Schuster 2016 Where will booksellers keep all the amazing nonfiction books that are popping up? I recently read an article in Publishers Weekly which stated that “even before 2009 and the beginning of Common Core,…… Continue reading Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex / illustrated by Christian Robinson Roaring Brook Press – A Neal Porter Book June 2016 Summary It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the…… Continue reading School’s First Day of School
I am happy to reveal the cover of my next book, The Hawk of the Castle (Candlewick Press, April 11, 2017). Bagram Ibatoulline’s work is beautifully detailed and just amazing! As some of you may know, my father was a falconer so I was fortunate to learn about falconry first-hand. This book has a special place in my heart.…… Continue reading First Review of The Hawk of The Castle plus cover reveal!
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas illustrated by Erin E. Stead Dial Books for Young Readers 2016 Summary The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles has a job of the utmost importance. It is his task to open any bottle found at sea and make sure that the message is delivered. He loves…… Continue reading The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles
I attended an Author’s Tea event this weekend. Imagine my surprise when I walked in to find an ARCTIC WHITE table setting decked out with polar bears, snowflakes, and winter treats! A big thank you goes out to Mrs. Bange of AAUW of Lodi, CA for creating this special table! Seeing this table had me…… Continue reading Picture Book Themed Table Settings
I am thrilled to join a group of amazing authors, illustrators, and bloggers as we each discuss our all-time favorite children’s book of 2016 (so far). My pick is (drumroll please) Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille. Simply follow the links at the bottom of this post to see the remaining favorite picks…… Continue reading Favorite Children’s Books of 2016
Vroom Vroom… Children’s book author, Anika Denise, is making a pit stop at Picture Book Playlist today on her MONSTER TRUCKS blog tour to offer up her mixtape of Halloween picture books for ghouls and boys. Boo! Haiku by Deanna Caswell and Bob Shea August 2016, Abrams. Ages 3-5 This new hit from the winning…… Continue reading Halloween Picture Book Playlist by Anika Denise