WORD PLAY in “Harold Finds a Voice”

Title:  Harold Finds a Voice Author/Illustrator:  Courtney Dicmas Publisher:  Child’s Play Inc. Year:  2013 Word Count:  300 (estimate)     Last year I came across this great list of 100 Character Driven Picture Books.   I have been steadily making my way through the list with plenty of trips to the local library ever since…. Read more »

RHYME Time in “God Bless You and Good Night”

Title: God Bless You and Good Night Author: Hannah C. Hall Illustrator: Steve Whitlow Publisher: Thomas Nelson Year: 2013 Word Count: 250 (estimate)   My son received God Bless You and Good Night as a Christmas gift from his grandparents. I’ve been reading it to him over the last month and a half, and while… Read more »

An Exploration of THEME in “Emmanuel’s Dream”

Title: Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah Author: Laurie Ann Thompson Illustrator: Sean Qualls Publisher: Schwarz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Year: 2015 Word Count: 850 (estimate) A few weeks ago I was at the local library for baby story time with my son. Afterward, I made my usual… Read more »

14:14 – A Picture Book Blogging Challenge

            This month I’ve decided to take on the 14:14 in 2015 Blogging Challenge at Christie Wild’s Write Wild Blog. The goal is to read 14 picture books in 14 days and share a lesson on how each book helps to illustrate a particular story element. The story elements are:… Read more »

Story Prompts: What’s In a Name?

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. . . – Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet   What’s in a name? Perhaps more than Juliet was willing to admit. One of my favorite storytelling prompts is to ask people to share the story of… Read more »