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PPBF: Escargot

Escargot Written by: Dashka Slater Illustrated by: Sydney Hanson Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers (April, 2017) Suitable for ages: 4-8 Themes/Topics:   friendship, picky eater, new experiences, gastropods Opening: “Bonjour! I see you are staring at me! I … Continue reading

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On the Floor and Upside Down: Writing Strategies

If you ever have the great good fortune to attend a workshop with Kevin Lewis, you may want to sit in the back row. It’s his favorite spot for selecting volunteers! At the April 2017 New England SCBWI conference, Kevin invited … Continue reading

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So You Think You Can Write a Children’s Book…

Thank you Cheerios, because it was your “Spoonful of Stories” contest that first piqued my interest in writing for children. I clipped this tiny column from a parenting magazine and stuck it in my desk drawer almost seven years ago. … Continue reading

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Something’s Fishy – A Valentiny Tale

“It’s February 14th Trawler!” Lucy planted a sticky, lip-balmy kiss on the outside of his bowl. Ugh! Would he have a blurry view all day? “Let’s give this a polish.” Once his bowl sparkled, Trawler flicked his thanks in a … Continue reading

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Mrs. Beasley, meet Woody: A Toy Tale

This is Mrs. Beasley. She was featured in a 1970’s era TV show called Family Affair. I had my own Mrs. Beasley doll, and my favorite thing about her was that her plastic spectacles were removable. They were the perfect … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving Reprise for Hand Turkeys

As many of us begin preparations for the Thanksgiving holiday, I’m offering a look back at one of my favorite poetry picture books, Deborah Ruddell’s brilliant A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk.  Visit my original #PPBF post with … Continue reading

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Crafty Characters: OFFICER KATZ and HOUNDINI +GIVEAWAY

Crafty is one word with many meanings, yet I can always apply it somehow to the wonderful books written by Maria Gianferrari. Penny, the young heroine starring in Maria’s Penny & Jelly series, is very crafty in the artistic sense. … Continue reading

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