Blogger and Writer #Shelfies

writer and blogger shelfies

You know about selfies, but do you know about sHelfies? Shelfies are photos of your bookshelves, with or without you, OR photos of you reading a book. Today I asked some of my favorite writers and bloggers to share their own #shelfies with us. See what you think -- I think it's a fascinating peek into someone's life. Don't you? (Scroll down to the bottom to see mine.) Susan … [Read more...]

New, Fascinating Fairy Tale Picture Books

fairy tale picture books new

We love fairy tale picture books with their life lessons, heroes, heroines, magic, and unusual creatures. It's interesting to watch as fairy tales adapt and change like the story below of Goldy Luck instead of Goldilocks. But equally as fascinating is the original versions retold to new audiences as with The Snow Queen and Little Red Cap. Finally, there are authors who invent … [Read more...]

Cooking Science: Eat Your Science Homework

Finished Science Hmwork Snack

Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for Inquiring Minds by Ann McCallum, illustrated by Leeza Hernandez shows kids how cooking is chemistry! Although some might say that my cooking and refrigerator are often accidental science experiments. Eat Your Science Homework We tried Invisible Ink Snack Pockets with my own gluten-free recipe substitution -- which turned out to be … [Read more...]

New Picture Books About Books, Stories, and the Alphabet

books about books and stories

Recently I read several amazing picture books about books, stories, and the alphabet -- which seemed to all fit together. I figured these books were something you might just love for your own kids or your classroom. Here we go, . . . books about books. Picture Books About Books Once Upon an Alphabet Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers My kids and I ADORE … [Read more...]

Picture Book Nonfiction Biographies that Read Like Narrative Stories

nonfiction picture book biographies

Biographies should be compelling stories that hook the reader immediately. This list of nonfiction picture book biographies do exactly that -- they tell a story that makes it seem like you're reading a fiction book. Which kids generally prefer over a book of facts, dates, and dry informative text. Quite frankly I prefer it, too. Picture Book Nonfiction Biographies The … [Read more...]

Writing Inspiration: How to Get Ideas for a Story

story idea

The picture book, Any Questions by Marie-Louise Gay, is the author's answer to children about the writer's journey -- how to get ideas for a story. It's an interactive experience because you get to write part of a story, too and is beautifully illustrated with water color and ink. Gay writes that children often ask her where does a story start. That's a good question, she … [Read more...]

2015 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

2015 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

The 2015 Newbery and Caldecott winners have been announced by the American Library Association (ALA). Want to know who won? 2015 Newbery Medal The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander! It's written in prose, like the beat of a basketball game, about twins who compete on and off the court. As … [Read more...]

Celebrate Beautiful Oops Every Day #beautifuloops

Celebrate Beautiful Oops

One of my favorite children's books of all time is Barney Saltzberg's Beautiful Oops, a book which inspires viewing life with a whole new paradigm. Now it's also a worldwide celebration! The Paradigm of a Beautiful Oops A beautiful oops is making lemonade out of lemons. It's taking a mistake and making it something beautiful. Barney shows this … [Read more...]

Inspiring Malala Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner

books about Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize today. She's the youngest winner EVER. And one of the most inspiring. Especially to young people who want to make a difference in the world. About Malala In 2012 in Pakistan, 14-year old Malala was shot in the head at close range. She was shot by a Taliban gunman simply because was a female attending school. It was a miracle that she … [Read more...]