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It's Picture Book Month: Give the Gift of Wonder

Sue Shanahan | Posted 11.25.2015 | Parents
Sue Shanahan

November is National Picture Book Month. It's a gentle reminder of the importance of reading printed picture books to the children in our lives. I wish I could tell you what being read to, nestled in my mother's arms, meant to me, but I didn't have that kind of mom.

Best Picture Books of 2015 Featuring Minority Characters

Kirkus | Posted 11.24.2015 | Books

Originally published on Kirkus. For the full list of the Best Picture Books of 2015, click here. ...

12 Picture Books Even 8-Year-Olds Should Read

Laurie Levy | Posted 11.05.2015 | Books
Laurie Levy

I hope my shout out to picture books might inspire you to consider these as holiday gifts for the under eight crowd. There are so many great choices. Ask a children's librarian for suggestions. There is plenty of time for chapter books as kids mature and can actually read them in their original form.

Josh Funk on the War Between Pancakes & French Toast, SCBWI & Getting Published

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.15.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

It's called Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, and it's a ripping barnburner full of outlandish action, heroic and dastardly characters, roller coaster rhymes and some absolutely fabulous illustrations by Brendan Kearney.

When it Rains, it Pours: 50 More Picture Books From a Stellar 2015

Minh Le | Posted 08.24.2015 | Books
Minh Le

Back in February, I said that this year may well prove to be a high water mark for picture books. However, there was no guarantee that the year would continue its torrid pace. Apparently, when it rains, it pours because much to my delight, the wave of great books has continued to roll in.

26 Picture Books You Won’t Want To Miss This Fall

Brightly | Caroline Bologna | Posted 08.19.2015 | Parents

Fall brings with it many things — back to school shopping, fading tans, alarm clocks, routines, homework, chilly temperatures, darker evenings,...

How Wordless Books Can Help Your Kid Learn to Read

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Anyone who's "read" a picture book can tell you that you don't need words to tell a story. Prereading toddlers and preschoolers can follow a story told in pictures, a parent or child can narrate the action and the empowering experience can help kids develop a love of books.

Stephen Mooser on Kids, Books, Writing, and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.08.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

If you are in any way, shape, or form interested in writing a book for kids, you're crazy not to hook up with this organization. There's so many smart, encouraging, inspiring, learned people both teaching workshops and attending them.

20 Brilliant Picture Books Coming Out In 2015

Minh Le | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Minh Le

I've said before that we are in the midst of a golden age for children's literature. Well, if the early returns are any indication, 2015 might very well be a new high water mark in the modern era of picture books.

20 New Classics Every Child Should Own

Jordan B. Nielsen | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Jordan B. Nielsen

In the interest of widening the spotlight of our adulates, allow me to submit 20 new pictures books which in 20 years time may find themselves as dog-eared and long-loved as those on Time's list of venerable selections.

5 Things You May Not Know About Aaron Becker

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 03.10.2015 | Books
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

Humble and driven, Aaron has so many pearls of wisdom to share. Here are five things you may not know about this Caldecott honor winner, and hopefully inspire you in your own creative or parenting endeavors (or both)!

I'm So Glad This Animal Welfare Group Is Donating Children's Books to Domestic Violence Shelters

Jen Reeder | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Jen Reeder

The other day I heard some news that made my heart do a happy dance: the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) recently donated picture books about pets to children in over 600 domestic violence shelters across the U.S.

Everyone Should Read These Stunning Picture Books For Adults

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.10.2014 | Books

For generations, adults have accepted that growing up means putting aside picture books, a seeming necessity tweaked in Lewis Carroll’s paean to chi...

Seeing Through the Eyes of the Tourists

Melanie Hope Greenberg | Posted 01.06.2015 | New York
Melanie Hope Greenberg

I admit, but not proud of it, at times I can be a jaded New Yorker. My partner always tells me to slow down.

50 New Picture Books for Fall 2014

Minh Le | Posted 11.12.2014 | Books
Minh Le

With summer behind us and another school year underway, now's a great time to look ahead and see what new picture books are about to hit our shelves.

Jane Yolen, America's Hans Christian Anderson, on Rejection, Reading Out Loud & the Keys to Writing Great Books for Kids

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

One of the great things about attending a great writer's conference is that you get to bask in the glow, and imbibe the wisdom of, great writers.

'The Cricket in Times Square': A Manhattan Children's Book Tour

Peter Mandel | Posted 07.07.2014 | Books
Peter Mandel

Maybe it's because the authors lived here, but dozens of classic books for kids are set in the center of New York. Crickets in their pages hang out, not in cornfields, but in Midtown. Mice don't run down country lanes: They sail boats in Central Park.

Society for Children Book Writers and Illustrators' Kristine Carlson Asselin Give The Book Doctors the Skinny

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We thought we'd take the opportunity to pick the literary brain of SCBWI's own Kristine Carlson Asselin, who is a very accomplished writer in her own right.

20 Terrific Books To Read With Your Kids This Spring

Posted 04.28.2014 | Parents

Is it spring yet? Please say it's spring! Promise, no more snow? HuffPost blogger Devon Corneal can't tell you that we've said goodbye to winter chill...

50 (More) Inspiring Children's Books With A Positive Message

Julie Handler | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
Julie Handler

When we expose our kids to a variety of positive and inspirational content early and on a regular basis, we can make a profound difference in their lives and help encourage a growth mindset.

2014 Spring/Summer Picture Book Preview

Minh Le | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Minh Le

With the American Library Association announcing its choice for this year's Caldecott Medal (the very deserving Brian Floca for Locomotive), it's time to turn the page on 2013 and take a look ahead to some of the great titles heading our way in 2014.

Picture Books to Put the Fright Back in Halloween

Jay Bushara | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jay Bushara

The books listed here will probably not appear in any seasonal displays at your local mega-mart, but they have not entirely disappeared either -- after two, after 10, after 17 years -- still shadows dancing across the darkest pagan night.

Tegan Tigani, Kid's Book Buyer: How to Successfully Publish Your Children's Book

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.13.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Tegan Tigani a few years ago while we were on tour in Seattle. She was so excited to give us the grand tour of her kingdom: the Queen Anne Book Company kids section, where she is the book buyer.

Are Some Kids' Books Healthier Than Others?

AP | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents

By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) – Leslie Patricelli didn't keep junk food in the house when her three kids were toddlers, but th...

Brain Burps About Books - Pay Attention to Your Talents and Find Your Place in the World

Katie Davis | Posted 07.28.2013 | Small Business
Katie Davis

Episode #135 In today's episode you hear: our monthly segment, Julie Hedlund Gets All Grateful on Your A** an interview with Tim McCanna,...