What I Learned From the Cybils

The Cybils’ Nonfiction Picture Book panel for round one, which I was thrilled to be a part of this year, recently finished our deliberations. The panelists were: Fiona Bayrock (blogging at Books and ‘Rocks) Janssen Bradshaw (blogging at Everyday Reading) Susan Murray (blogging at From Tots to Teens) Cathy Potter (blogging at The Nonfiction Detectives) Read More …

Review: Picture Yourself Writing Poetry

  Picture Yourself Writing Poetry: Using Photos to Inspire Writing by Laura Purdie Salas Capstone Press, August 2011 32 pages Ages: 8 and up This title is one of the Picture Yourself Writing ____: Using Photos to Inspire Writing series, and it’s quite effective—it inspired me to write! Not only does it demonstrate how one can use images Read More …

Review: Only the Mountains Do Not Move

Only the Mountains Do Not Move: A Maasai Story of Culture and Conservation by Jan Reynolds Lee & Low Books, September 01, 2011 40 pages Grades 3-4 I’ve always been fascinated by the Maasai, so I was pleased to see this book about their culture written for children, and this book didn’t disappoint. Straightforward text Read More …

2011 CYBILS, Nonfiction Picture Books… and me!

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that I’ve been selected to serve as a judge in the nonfiction picture book (NFPB) category of the 2011 CYBILS (Children’s and Young Adult Blogger’s Literary Awards)! I write nonfiction picture books, so I read a lot of nonfiction picture books. Now, I get to help recognize the best of Read More …