Category: Authors

Picture Book Review How to Grow a Dinosaur

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall How to Grow a Dinosaur was written by Jill Esbaum and illustrated by Mike Boldt. It was published in 2018 by Dial Books for Young Readers. There are tons of picture books on the library shelves…

Picture Book Review (Nonfiction) The Inventor’s Secret

A Nonfiction Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford is an interesting and engaging nonfiction picture book written by Suzanne Slade, and illustrated (smashingly!) by Jennifer Black Reinhardt. It was published by Charlesbridge in 2015….

Picture Book Review–Blue Ethel

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Blue Ethel is a sweet picture book written and illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt. It was published by Margaret Ferguson Books in 2017. Ethel is a cat. And true to her catly nature Ethel is independent,…

Picture Book Review—Be Kind

  Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Be Kind is written by Pat Zietlow Miller, and is illustrated lusciously by Jen Hill. It was published in 2018 by Roaring Brook Press. Be Kind is one of my favorites of the many picture…

Picture Book Review – Samantha on a Roll

A Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Samantha on a Roll was written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Christine Davenier. Farrar Straus Giroux published it in 2011. Samantha has new skates. Oh, how she wants to try them out! But Mama is too…

Picture Book Review-Mary Had a Little Glam

  Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall-Mary Had a Little Glam. I love to curl up with one of my grandkids and share a sweet, quiet picture book. Such tender memories. However, Mary Had a Little Glam (written by Tammi Sauer and…

Picture Book Review—Wide Awake Bear

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Pat Zietlow Miller’s Wide Awake Bear is illustrated beautifully by Jean Kim. It was published in 2018 by Harper Collins Publishers. Baby Bear Elliot and his mama snuggle in for their winter-long nap. But only a…

Picture Book Review – Starry Safari

Starry Safari was written by Linda Ashman and Illustrated by Jeff Mack. It was published in 2005 by Harcourt Books. In fewer than 200 words Ashman tells us a cute story of a young child going on a safari in his bright red jeep…

Picture Book Review – Puddles!!!

A Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Puddles!!! is a cute picture book written and illustrated by Kevan Atteberry, and published by Katherine Tegen Books of Harper-Collins Publishers in 2016. Because Atteberry is a gifted illustrator this little book succeeds with very sparse…

Online Resources for Writers–Picture Book Builders

Picture Book Builders is a blog about picture books. It features reviews of picture books by authors of picture books.  Whether you are a writer of picture book manuscripts, or a parent or teacher looking for great picture books to share with the children…

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