“Are You Awake?” Creates DIALOGUE

Title: Are You Awake? Author/Illustrator: Sophie Blackall Publisher: Henry Holt Year: 2011 Word Count: 250  (estimate) I love dialogue. (Just ask my husband — he says I always want to have a conversation!) Seriously though, having a background and training in stage acting, I’ve read (and written!) my fair share of scripts, which of course,… Read more »

CONFLICT in “The Midnight Library”

Title: The Midnight Library Author/Illustrator: Kazuno Kohara Publisher: Roaring Book Press Year: 2014 Word Count: 405   The Midnight Library is an adorable story that teaches children about some of the great services provided by our public libraries. I have to give a shout-out to libraries here. They provide so many fantastic services to our… Read more »

The Dandelion’s Tale: A Creative Approach to a Universal THEME

Title: The Dandelion’s Tale Author: Kevin Sheehan Illustrator: Rob Dunlavey Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books Year: 2014 Word Count: 974   Wow! That’s all I can say about this breathtakingly beautiful book. I’ve read lots of children’s books in the last year, and this one really stood out to me for its timelessness. The Dandelion’s… Read more »

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 »