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The Art of Recommending Books

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Art of Recommending Books

Because I’m an author as well as a writing instructor and a reader, I’m often asked for book recommendations. Sometimes I’m asked to suggest books that are like my books, while other times I might need to think of titles that are good for a certain age range or in a specific genre.

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Illustration Inspiration: Bob Shea

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Illustration Inspiration: Bob Shea

Bob Shea has written and illustrated over a dozen picture books including the popular Dinosaur vs. Bedtime and the cult favorite Big Plans illustrated by Lane Smith.

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The Art of Adding Humor. Even When You Probably Shouldn’t.

| May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Art of Adding Humor. Even When You Probably Shouldn’t.

We owe the same kind of hilarious grace to our characters and our young readers. We ask so much of them and it’s only right to give them every emotion in equal measure.

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The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf | Book Review

The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf | Book Review

A funny reimagining of the Three Little Pigs story, where the wolf isn’t so much big and bad but just hungry … and a bit grouchy.

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Carnivores, by Aaron Reynolds & Dan Santat | Book Review

| April 27, 2014 | 1 Comment
Carnivores, by Aaron Reynolds & Dan Santat | Book Review

A funny story about the (almost) soft side of nature’s predators, and the prey who don’t want to be friends with them anymore.

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Chinese Fables: The Dragon Slayer and Other Timeless Tales of Wisdom | Book Review

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Chinese Fables: The Dragon Slayer and Other Timeless Tales of Wisdom | Book Review

This collection of pithy tales is multi-layered. The stories linger in the mind the way a good poem resonates. They are ancient Chinese fables Shiho S. Nunes has expanded into longer tales.

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Deborah Underwood & Claudia Rueda Discuss “Here Comes the Easter Cat”

| March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Deborah Underwood & Claudia Rueda Discuss “Here Comes the Easter Cat”

It’s rare that an author and illustrator get to work closely together while creating a picture book—this makes it very fun to get a peek into a conversation between a picture book duo that have been paired together by an editor and live in two different countries. In the case of the adorable Here Comes the Easter Cat, bestselling author Deborah Underwood wanted to know how award-winning illustrator Claudia Rueda managed to capture both Cat’s crankiness and his sweetness.

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Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea | Book Review

| March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea | Book Review

A beautifully illustrated, sarcastic tale of interspecies rivalry and friendship.

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Z is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham & Paul O. Zelinski | Book Review

| February 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Z is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham & Paul O. Zelinski | Book Review

A fresh and funny twist on alphabet books that will have parents and children laughing.

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Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise, by Susan Blackaby | Review

| January 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise, by Susan Blackaby | Review

If you’re someone who likes the holiday feeling to linger, who doesn’t take down their tree until the last pine needle has dropped, here’s a whimsical, wonderful picture book to add to the spirit, Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise, by Susan Blackaby.

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