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Picture Book Review: Mornings with Monet

My Top Ten Reasons to Read Mornings with Monet Text by Barb Rosenstock; illustrated by Mary GrandPre` Alfred A. Knopf Publishing, 2021. Famed Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived near France’s River Seine his entire life. Barb Rosenstock, author of the … Continue reading

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Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Written by Sandra Neil Wallace Illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon A Paula Wiseman Book; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2020. For ages 4-8.   My Top Ten Reasons to Read Marjory save the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman … Continue reading

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Review: The Ocean Calls

The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story Written by Tina Cho and Illustrated by Jess X. Snow. For ages 5-8 years. Kokila, 2020 (an imprint of Penguin Random House LLS, New York). Dayeon says her Grandma is “like a treasure-hunting … Continue reading

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Paul Erdos, Mary Garber and Jean-Henri Fabre thrived over a lifetime

There’s huge value in showing children that unusual people “who didn’t fit into the world in a ‘regular’ way” still forged satisfying lives for themselves. Paul Erdos, Mary Garber and  Jean-Henri Fabre truly “flew their freak flags,” so to speak, … Continue reading

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Late Bloomer: Guest Post by Author Yvonne Pearson

Late Bloomers defy age stereotypes and help show us the way to tap into our creativity using life experience, energy and positive attitudes. “Creativity keeps us fresh, keeps us alive, keeps us moving forward.” (Rollo May, psychotherapist and author of … Continue reading

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Miss Rumphius: A Classic for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, I’m sharing Miss Rumphius, a picture book beloved by many—both adults and children. Often called “the lupine lady,” it was written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney who illustrated many books for children.   The long … Continue reading

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Nature’s Friend: The story behind the story

At the age of 60, after seven years of writing, and at least 20 drafts of the story, my first picture book was published this summer—Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story. (Sleeping Bear Press; Ages 5-9.) I find it fitting … Continue reading

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Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods

By Mary Quattlebaum; illustrated by Laura J. Bryant (Dawn Publications 2013;     ages 1-4) Dawn Publications has been “Connecting Children and Nature since 1979” and the Jo MacDonald series of picture books definitely fits that mission. Far fewer children grow … Continue reading

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5 Picture Book Biographies Highlight Older Role Models

Picture book biographies including the third stage of life offer huge benefits to young readers. Kids absorb adventure, perseverance, creativity and joy shown over the course of an evolving life. Unlike the majority of picture books with an older character, … Continue reading

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The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau: An A is for Aging Book Review

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau Written by Michelle Markel & illustrated by Amanda Hall   (Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers, 2012) For ages—5-9 Themes/Topics—Arts, creativity, non-fiction bio, perseverance, resilience Opening— “Henri Rousseau wants to be an artist. Not a … Continue reading

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