Category Archives: picture books

SLJ’s Day of Dialog, 2017

Photos & tweets from Day of Dialog, with a few comments and observations in between. Moderated my very first panel of picture book creators – -What an amazing day!   //storify.com/bkmuse7/dayofdialog2017/embed?header=false[View the story “SLJ Day of Dialog 2017” on Storify]

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Into the Woods we go! Picture This 2015

This year’s Picture This program (an annual summer program on the art of children’s books) focuses on fairy tales. We began with Nick Sharratt’s The Foggy Foggy Forest, which allows children to guess what fairy tale characters are in the … Continue reading

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Caldecott Musings 2014

A small but enthusiastic group met this afternoon to discuss potential 2014 Caldecott honorees. We read and shared what we liked about the twelve books pictured before voting, with Journey the unanimous winner. Honor books were The Mighty Lalouche and … Continue reading

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Building Our House

By Jonathan Bean Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013 Words and pictures work together to tell the story of how a family (“a strong crew of four”) build their house. Based on the true story of how the author/illustrator’s family did … Continue reading

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Review: A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant My rating: 5 of 5 stars A completely wonderful book. Interestingly written, rhythmic text, detailed collage illustrations with vivid quotes from Pippin himself incorporated into the … Continue reading

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Review: The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel My rating: 5 of 5 stars This captivating picture book biography of Rousseau is illustrated in a style very reminiscent of Rosseau’s art work, with flat, bright colors and often lush, … Continue reading

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Magritte and the art of seeing

Magritte is one of my favorite artists. When I discovered D. B. Johnson’s new book on Magritte a few weeks ago, I was very excited. I remembered Johnson’s picture books about Henry David Thoreau — Henry Builds a Cabin and … Continue reading

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Review: Sleep Like a Tiger

Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue My rating: 5 of 5 stars Really fine text (and how do you make a bedtime book, a theme so common in children’s books, still seem fresh and new?) and imaginative, compelling illustrations … Continue reading

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Mazza Fall Weekend Conference Lineup

This weekend is the Fall Conference at the Mazza Museum (International Art from Picture Books) in Findlay, Ohio. I’m very excited to be attending! And here is why: David Macaulay Erin Stead Philip Stead Erin & Philip Stead David Ezra … Continue reading

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November is Picture Book Month!

Here is the display I created for picture book month: Yes, it’s heavily focused on Caldecott winners, since I have Caldecott on the brain as I’m planning my first mock Caldecott discussion this January. And Chris Raschka’s A Ball for … Continue reading

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