Reading: Stick and Stone

Stick and Stone, written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Tom Lichthenheld, was published in 2015. It is the story of two lone creatures who become friends. Obstacles include a bully, a storm, and needing help. There are a few delightful language plays and a fun mathematical transformation.

Reading: Another

I read Another by Christian Robinson. The inside front flap asks, What if you… encountered another perspective? Discovered another world? Met another you? What might you do? And then the book asks and answers that question using images only. At one point I wasn’t sure that the end had the right MC in it. Very cute.

Reading: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, was published in 2015. Adorable. I enjoyed the art. Improbable story made much more plausible than I would have believed possible at the end. Wonderful unreliable narrator. Apparently I have a thing for those, as Denver is a (slightly) unreliable narrator.

Reading: The Neighbors

I read The Neighbors by Einat Tsarfati. Inside front flap: Climbing the stairs to her seventh-floor apartment each night, one curious little girl wonders what is behind her neighbors’ doors. Each door is totally different from the last, so she guesses that each apartment must contain a totally different kind of household. As she climbs higher,

Read 100 Picture Books

I have been told again and again to read a lot of picture books. I wondered how many is a lot. Thankfully Laura Backes was clear on that. Read 100 books. Several people told me to read recent picture books. How recent is recent? Some said this year, others two years, and the longest relevant

Bad Writing is Good

Bad writing is GOOD because bad writing is necessary. Writing isn’t perfect the first time. We have erasers, backspacing, delete, and reprints just because writing isn’t perfect. Anne Lamott says, “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” Janet Hulstrand takes that a bit farther, for us perfectionists, and

Since May

Background: May of 2019 is when I decided to embark on a quest to become a children’s book author. I don’t know exactly what day, though I know I had already written several “good as I know how now” drafts by May 21. I was prolific–which is one of my descriptions of myself as an