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

Work Smarter

I was listening to an author (Jed Jurchenko) talk about writing and he said that writing is creative. Does anyone disagree with that? Yeah, me neither. Then he said that editing is critical. I agree with that too. You? Then he said something I had not thought of: Do our brains switch back and forth

Reading: Ideas are All Around

Ideas are All Around, by Philip C. Snead, a Neal Porter Book from Roaring Book Press, published in 2016, has several interesting features. The illustrations are small photographs and large drawings and single-colored images all mixed together to tell the story. That collage of styles is interesting and offers a very different visual than most