Monthly Archives: August 2013

Sweet and Shorts: Sassy Board Books {winners!}

Guys. I loved hearing from some of you oldies but goodies! You know who you are. Much love. And who are the big winners? Olivia De Hamilton Sara Floyd Big congrats, ladies! Sent me an email with your address! This Picture Book Life: Pius Pelosi’s pebble, Steve Martin’s banjo, and the creative process. A letter […]

I Am the King

by Leo Timmers {published 2008, by Gecko Press} Boom. Instant color story. I bought this book for its cover. Except – it’s pink. Really. Here’s the back cover of my copy to assure you I am not crazybonkers. The one up above is from Gecko Press’ website, and it’s blue! And gold! And I don’t know […]

Sweet and Shorts: Sassy Board Books {giveaway!}

illustrated by Dave Aikins {published 2013, by Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Books for Young Readers} Here’s a fabulous Friday celebration! If you have little ones, you might be familiar with Sassy toys. They are designed to foster learning and engage the growing brain of our teensiest family members. And they are adorable! […]


written by Emily Martin, illustrated by Mara Shaughnessy {published 2013, by Sky Pony Press} An enchanting premise, lyrical language, and dreamy-dainty pictures. Downpour is a love letter to the storm and the question of what happens to color as the rain drips down. The water falls first on bright red poppies, washing that hue over […]

Hooray for Hat! {book trailer}

Do you know Brian Won? You should. You will. Remember a while back when I made that Brian Regan/snowcone/more favorite reference? That’s what it’s like looking through Brian’s portfolio. Just when I think I’ve picked a favorite piece – BAM. There’s the next one. When his picture book Hooray for Hat! comes out in the […]

Line 135

by Germano Zullo and Albertine {published 2013, by Chronicle Books} I’m in that bleary-eyed, inspired, and terrified post-SCBWI haze. Are you? That’s why this book is perfect for this time. And isn’t that always why picture books are perfect? There’s something magical about those moments that are captured, when the polaroid’s positive sheet has just […]