Monthly Archives: October 2014

Home Grown Books

by Cecile Dyer and Kyla Ryman (Home Grown Books, 2014) I’ve written before about how I’m a sucker for board books, but this new-to-me publisher has raised the board book bar. These books are both meaningful and beautiful, which is a touch balance to strike in a book so seemingly simple. This one, Dress Up, […]

The Young Man Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn

by Eric von Schmidt¬†(Houghton Mifflin Company¬†Boston, 1964) Okay. It’s time for a teensy bit of name dropping. I have this cousin who is a brilliant singer and songwriter and he’s racked up a few Grammys as well. (Do you say Grammies? I don’t think so.) If you are into good, old-fashioned bluegrass and Americana, check […]

The Picturebooking Podcast

Have you met Nick Patton? He’s the brain behind The Picturebooking Podcast, and he’s super awesome. And not only because he interviewed me. Take a look at his site, and take a listen to his interviews. This is a voice to the kidlit community that will be around for a while. Good stuff. But it’s […]


by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers (Penguin Young Readers Group, 2014) When you open a book to sweeping, fiery endpapers, it’s almost as if you can hear the symphony begin. The author, Misty Copeland, is a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater. The illustrator, Christopher Myers, is a Caldecott Honoree for Harlem and the […]