Canadian, Personal Faves, picture book, poetry, Spectacular Illustrations

Picture Book Inspired DIY Projects: An Ode to My Roommate

My roommates are better than yours. I don't say that boastfully, but out of much love and truth. Take for example, my she-roommate, Rebecca. In between running three camps and mentoring hundreds of young women every day, she makes the best birthday gifts. It is a well known fact among those I love and those… Continue reading Picture Book Inspired DIY Projects: An Ode to My Roommate

Canadian, Christmas Books, Classics, Funny Books, picture book, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Uncategorized

Porcupines are the New Penguins: Picture Book Trend

A few years ago it seemed like every other picture book featured penguins, and why not? Penguins can be cute, funny, resourceful, family-oriented, quirky, survivors, or figures of environmental tragedy. Think of Tacky the Penguin, Oliver Jeffer's Lost and Found, Karma Wilson's Don't Be Afraid, Little Pip and many other books featuring penguin protagonists. Thanks to movies like Happy Feet and March… Continue reading Porcupines are the New Penguins: Picture Book Trend

Award Winners, picture book, poetry

A Touch of Red for a Winter’s Day

A few weeks ago, while alphabetizing the poetry section at the store, I came across Red Sings from Treetops, a most extraordinary work of picture book art. Pamela Zagarenski’s art is vibrant and surprising. She has a playful, very European style. Every time I open the book, something new pops out at me in the illustrations.… Continue reading A Touch of Red for a Winter’s Day