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Jul 29, 2015

Sam & Dave Dig a a parallel universe?!

Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen team up again for Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, a Caldecott Honor book that requires CLOSE examination.

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Jul 28, 2015

I Am the World: Diverse Kids in Photos and Verse!

Charles R. Smith Jr.'s 'I Am the World' uses photographs and 1st person verse to make the point that all kids should be proud of their origins.

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Jul 27, 2015

Nana in the City: Country Boy, City Grandma!

A country boy comes to visit his 'Nana in the City' (and his first impressions are not good ones!) in this Caldecott Honor book by Lauren Castillo.

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Jul 27, 2015

The Noisy Paint Box: Life of the Artist Kandinsky!

The abstract artist Kandinsky could HEAR color! Gorgeous picture book biography: The Noisy Paint Box.

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Jul 25, 2015

Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales: Frida Kahlo in Puppet-Land!

Yuyi Morales' 'Viva Frida' is the illustrator's tribute to groundbreaking Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

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Jul 25, 2015

A Little Touch of Monster: Baby Acts Out!

In Emily Lampert's 'A Little Touch of Monster,' Parker finds that being the amenable youngest child doesn't always work as well as acting the monster.

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Jul 24, 2015

The Abandoned Lighthouse: Boat with a Purpose!

A seemingly sentient rowboat brings together a boy and a bear for a purpose in Alfred Lamb's The Abandoned Lighthouse.

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Jul 24, 2015

Kristin Peck, Children's Book Reviewer: Biography

My kiddos reintroduced me to the world of stories, though to be perfectly honest, I don't feel I truly ever lost touch with the world of make-believe.

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Jul 24, 2015

Matilda by Roald Dahl: Hero and Villains!

Roald Dahl's Matilda is a five-year-old genius with a passion for punishing villainy and making things right.

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Jul 18, 2015

We Are All Made of Molecules: Blended Family Story!

In Susin Nielsen's blended family story, 'We Are All Made of Molecules," Stewart Inkster gets the sister he's always wanted, only she's 14 and wants nothing to do with him.

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Jul 16, 2015

The Twits by Roald Dahl: A Deserving End

Roald Dahl's 'The Twits,' grimly illustrated by Quentin Blake, introduces a hateful couple in gory detail who meet an end they well deserve!

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Jul 07, 2015

Kayla and the Rainy Day Fun Box by Steven Johnson

When weather seeks to spoil their plans, Kayla's mom saves the day with her Rainy Day Fun Box.

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Jul 06, 2015

Messy Kayla by Steven Johnson

This free children's story by Steven Johnson is called Messy Kayla. Kayla is a young African-American child whose imagination leads to messes for her mother

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Jul 03, 2015

The Artemis Fowl series

Trust me. I'm a genius. Something big must be going down to drag 12 year-old boy genius Artemis Fowl from his comfortably extravagant manor house in Ireland.

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Jun 15, 2015

Uncommon Illustrator

A Unique & Uncommon Children’s Book Illustrator The world of self-publishing has certainly changed the landscape of the publishing world in recent years.

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Jun 11, 2015

Watercolour Artist

Rosemarie Khan, illustrator and watercolour artist Varied watercolour paintings, pen and pencil drawings, very versatile. I have already done an illustration

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May 22, 2015

Brown Girl Dreaming: A Novel in Poems

Brown Girl Dreaming is author Jacqueline Woodson's memoir in poems, an autobiography in verse of a young girl.

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May 12, 2015

Experienced Illustrator

Experienced Children's Book Illustrator It's an amazing feeling to be able to bring an author's words and ideas to life through illustration, especially

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Apr 29, 2015

Colorful Splendor

Colorful Splendor: The Art of Kaleb-Bryan As an artist, I love to bring out the romantic, softened, yet powerful underlying to my work. Though I've only

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Apr 15, 2015

Trying to Pinpoint Right Age Group

Hi guys. I just can't figure out what the appropriate age group my book is geared to. It's about a real character of a granny told through the eyes of

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Apr 11, 2015

Three Gray Mice by Christina Carpenter

This free children's story by Christina Carpenter is called Three Gray Mice. Three mice sisters team up to outsmart a cat!

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Apr 05, 2015

My Father's Dragon - A Story of Wit and Wonder

Ruth Stiles' My Father's Dragon, illustrated by her stepmother, Ruth Chrisman Gannett, stars Elmer Elevator,

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Mar 27, 2015

The Wainscott Weasel: Meet Bagley Brown

The Wainscott Weasel is a heartfelt anthropomorphic animal story that can be mentioned in the same breath as Charlotte's Web.

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Mar 25, 2015

A Passion for Illustrating

My name is Jonathan RAMBININTSOA, and I've been a web developer for several years. During all these years I've always been drawing. Recently I decided

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Mar 24, 2015

Honey, by Sarah Weeks: A Girl, A Dog, A Mystery!

Who is Melody's dad calling 'Honey'? That's the central question in Honey, by Sarah Weeks, featuring three overlapping stories.

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Mar 23, 2015

Imagine it like this...

I am a free-lance, self-taught artist, who has raised 5 children on 3 continents. I have received informal private instruction from other more experienced

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Mar 17, 2015

Jack and Louisa: Act 1 - Musical Theatre Nerds!

In Jack and Louisa: Act 1, Jack is a former kid actor who performed on Broadway. Louisa is the M.T.N. who can't believe her good luck when Jack moves to her Ohio high school.

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Mar 15, 2015

Beyond the Laughing Sky: A Boy Who's A Bird

Nashville is a boy--and a bird--who lives in a treehouse in a pecan tree in the village of Goosepimple in Michelle Cuevas's 'Beyond the Laughing Sky.'

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Mar 15, 2015

Heather Job, Children's Book Reviewer: Biography

Growing up, Heather's world was pressed between pages. She climbed into closets looking for Narnia, built birdcages for the stuffed owl at Hogwarts, and ate lunch in a cave with the BFG.

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Feb 27, 2015

Coloring Book Fun

I can work in a lot of styles and media and love to do line work. The samples here show a super clean style and a bouncier line style. There are also some

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Feb 26, 2015

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

L. Frank Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus turns Santa into a real person with a history...sort of like a certain Wizard!

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Feb 26, 2015

Sabine Algur, Children's Book Reviewer: Biography

Books have played a major role in Sabine's life. Her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Sophia College for Women led her to an editorship with India’s Jaico Publishing House.

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Feb 03, 2015

Imagination Inspired

Artwork to inspire the imagination My aim is to produce art which engages children. I believe that interesting and imaginative images are needed to create

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Jan 17, 2015

Expressive Artwork

Expressive Artwork to make YOUR Stories Come to Life As a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, and freelance illustrator for over 9 years,

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Jan 14, 2015

Detailed or Cartoonish!

Legend has it that I was born with a crayon in my hand, but really, I have been drawing for as long as I can remember, and I have always enjoyed telling

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Jan 05, 2015

Illustration that comes alive

I have been illustrating for the past nine years. I am versatile in using many mediums, but I am most experienced in digital illustrating. I can illustrate

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Dec 30, 2014

Visualizing Your Imagination

Too Much Fun! I can't think of anything I would rather do than bring to vision the imagination! I have had the pleasure to illustrate several children's

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Dec 16, 2014

Cartoon Like or Realistic Style Illustrations

Hello, My name is Christina Cartwright and I am an illustrator of children's books. Art is my passion and it shows in my work. I love what I do! Since

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Dec 15, 2014

Animal Sketches

Alice the Artist I can create illustrations of animals, children, adults, fictional characters, cartoon-ish looks to highly detailed illustrations in

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Nov 14, 2014

Cartoon Line Art with Color

My specialty is Line Art Cartoon Illustrations with digital colors using Photoshop. My style is a fusion of Walt Disney Stretch and Squash expression,

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Nov 02, 2014

Elsie Dinsmore - A Modern Retelling!

Martha Finley's 19th century Elsie Dinsmore series has been brought back to life as part of the Life of Faith series of Christian literature.

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Nov 02, 2014

The False Prince: Throne Without an Heir!

First book in The Ascendance Trilogy, Jennifer Nielsen's The False Prince tells the tale of an attempt to install an impostor on an heirless throne.

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Sep 09, 2014

Did you know there's a new Horton the Elephant story?

23 years after the passing of Dr. Seuss, four new children's stories from his magazine-writing days are being! You can read a review here, or you can just click the "Continue reading" link below to go directly to Amazon, because how can you let a new Horton story go unread??? It's called, Horton and the Kwuggerbug! (And it costs less than 10 bucks!) At least click to see the cover and that beautiful Horton.

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Aug 05, 2014

Find the Cutes: A Modern 'Where's Waldo' on Kickstarter

A whole family of Waldos Anyone who wants to stand out between the millions of competitors in the children's book market needs to have something desirable

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Aug 01, 2014

Cartoon or Fine Art

Cartoon or fine art illustrations I'm a mum of two inspiring children. I have a little studio in my house in France. I'm English and lived in America

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Jul 11, 2014

For Writers Only: Get Self-Critical!

Great blog post about what new writers do wrong that they don't realize they're doing wrong!

As someone who also spends a great deal of time working with writers, there isn't a word in this article that I disagree with.

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Jul 09, 2014

50 Picture book tattoos!

You're sure to find at least one from some of your favorites! And good news: this isn't one of those pages where you have to click to each one. They're all visible on the same page. Enjoy!

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Jul 07, 2014

Maurice Sendak's interview with Fresh Air's Teri Gross

Very sweet, accompanied by some great drawings. The headline goes on about "atheism," but what the interview is truly about is appreciation and aging.

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May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou has passed

Her Facebook page (see the link) is a nice place to leave your thoughts. And yes, she did write some children's books:

  • Poetry for Young People
  • Life Doesn't Frighten Me
  • My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me
  • Kofi and His Magic
  • Renee Marie of France
  • Izak of Lapland
  • Mikale of Hawaii
  • Angelina of Italy

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May 24, 2014

Read, Kids, Read

It's an editorial from the NY Times, but where it gets really interesting is when you follow the links to articles on the research that supports it!

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