Spring Books to Celebrate the Season

Spring has sprung and with it comes an opportunity to read books about nature- out in nature.  In honor of my favorite season, I have put together a mixed tape of some of my favorite books on the subject (in no particular order). This collection includes new hits as well as oldies but goodies. So,…… Continue reading Spring Books to Celebrate the Season

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer

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

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

First Review of The Hawk of The Castle plus cover reveal!

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

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

Picture Book Themed Table Settings

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

Favorite Children’s Books of 2016

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