picture books

Word Play and Rhyme Work Together in “Mama Built a Little Nest”

Title:  Mama Built a Little Nest Author:  Jennifer Ward Illustrator:  Steve Jenkins Publisher:  Beach Lane Books Year:  2014 Word Count:  300 (estimate)       It’s with mixed feelings that I arrive at the last day of the 14:14 Blogging Challenge. It’s certainly been a challenge for me since about the same time I started… 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 »

Holiday Writing Contest: A Holiday Hippo Wish

As many of you know, in addition to telling stories, I also write them! I’ve got three published books and a whole lot of manuscripts in the works. This year I have grown even more serious about my writing, participating in such author-ly endeavors as Picture Book Idea Month, seeking professional critiques for my manuscripts,… Read more »