I doubt you'll be surprised to hear that I'm a tad obsessed with independent bookstores. In every city we visit I seek them out and drag my family along for the ride. Today's post marks the first in a blog feature meant to highlight independent bookstores that I'm calling Undercover Indie Lover. … [Read more...] about Undercover Indie Lover at Joseph-Beth Booksellers Lexington
Award-winning author and illustrator Katherine Roy recently posted a recipe for Elephant Poop Muffins on her blog that pairs very nicely with her beautifully illustrated book, How to Be An Elephant: Growing up in the African Wild. How about making them for your story hour audience or with your kids … [Read more...] about Elephant Poop Muffins, Anyone?
Let's go on an ABC journey with Patrick McDonnell in The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned his ABC's (the Hard Way). First Impressions Whew! A mouthful, this one's title is, but its length makes up for the wordlessness of its pages. In case you're unaware, you should know that Patrick … [Read more...] about An ABC Journey with Patrick McDonnell
I recently saw Ferdinand with my children and that got me thinking about the total number of picture books adapted into movies for the big screen. Here's a list of what I found. Are there any I've missed? Any picture books you'd like to see turned into a movie? 1. Winnie the Pooh written by … [Read more...] about 22 Picture Books adapted into Movies
Dolly Parton is a pretty cool person. Having lived in East Tennessee for many years, I know a lot about her initiative, Imagination Library. In fact, when I moved to a new community, I ended up becoming a member on the board of my community's Imagination Library affiliate. Recently on a trip up … [Read more...] about Do you know about Imagination Library?
I love the Bear and Mouse books written by Bonny Becker (BB) and illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton (KMD). The latest of the six book series, A Christmas for Bear, was out earlier this year, but I did not see it at my local library until after Christmas. So. Here we are. The story follows Mouse … [Read more...] about Bear & Mouse at it Again
This time of year is my favorite as anticipation mounts for the American Library Association's Youth Media Award announcements. One of those, the Caldecott, has been awarded to illustrators of picture books since 1938. Background & Criteria The Caldecott is named after Randolph Caldecott, an … [Read more...] about 2018 Caldecott to be Announced February 12!
I am overly excited about my USPS stamp options this year for holiday cards! (Seriously.) That's because one choice honors a beloved classic children's book: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. The forever stamps were issued on October 4, 2017. The Importance of The Snowy Day Published in 1962, this … [Read more...] about A classic children’s book on a USPS forever stamp