Category Archives: Picture Books

Can Kids Relate to Structural Engineering?

I never thought my day job as a structural engineer designing bridges would ever intersect with my dream job writing for children. Right-brain pursuits never cross paths with left-brain projects. Yet somehow they have, with a little help from my … Continue reading

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Local Find: Wonderland Books & Toys

I’m ashamed to admit I had no idea there was an independent children’s book store still thriving in my neighborhood.  I’d resigned myself to the fact that Barnes and Noble was the only show in town.  At least they have … Continue reading

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‘Tis The Season For New Traditions

Holidays are such a magical time for picture books, and none are better than the Christmas books.  Our house has always had one undisputed favorite:  How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The Jim Carrey movie is fun, but nothing tops the original … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

This week I’ve been pondering why Thanksgiving has never really been my favorite holiday.  Of course it commemorates an important event in American history, and it teaches the essential value of being thankful. But beyond that, it really isn’t very … Continue reading

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Hysterical Halloween Spoofs

What makes a Halloween literary classic?  Vampires?  Monsters?  Ghosts?  Frankenstein?  The scarier the better, right?  Not for me.  I’m the girl who jumps when they cue the spooky music and misses most of horror movies because my eyes are covered.  … Continue reading

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Save the Bookstores 2012

Public Event · By Kelly Sonnack June 16 Your local bookstore Click here for Facebook Link We had a great response with the Save the Bookstore event last year, so let’s do it again! Bookstores still need our help, so … Continue reading

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Should Child Authors Be Published?

A recent article in The New York Times, Young Writers Dazzle Publishers (Mom and Dad), has been creating waves across the internet.  Maureen Johnson commented on the article here, and Ally Carter expanded on those thoughts here.  I couldn’t agree … Continue reading

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Bunny Classics

Easter is a whimsical time for picture books, one of the best times to peruse the children’s department at my local book store.  My favorite four Easter picture books: Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney (1995) The … Continue reading

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Kids E-books: Friend or Foe?

Every parent struggles with how much screen time is too much for their child.  Do I want my daughter to be savvy with technology that will be an integral part of her future education and career?  Of Course.  But do … Continue reading

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It’s All About the Illustrations

I’ve never thought of myself as a fan of picture books, or a writer of them. Up until my daughter was born, I hadn’t even read a picture book since childhood.  Now that my daughter is 4 years old, they’ve become an … Continue reading

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