Category: children’s picture books

Writing in rhyme

Children love both rhythm and rhyme. Toddlers and preschoolers can’t help but groove to music that has both elements. Even we adults find ourselves tapping our toes and bouncing to the beat of whatever is coming from our car radios. Rhythm is part of…

Tales of my NF PB Biography

Where to Start? A month ago I was challenged to tackle writing a nonfiction picture book. A biography, specifically. My friend told me to brainstorm topics that interest me and start my research there. But I quickly became stuck! I am passionate about Christ,…

online sites for writers

Online Educational Sites for Writers (as of April, 2020) Agent Query                                       https://www.agentquery.com/default.aspx American Library Association           http://www.ala.org/alsc/ Build Book Buzz-terms                      https://buildbookbuzz.com/book-publishing-terms/ Writer’s Digest University                 https://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/ Writer’s Digest                                   https://www.writersdigest.com/ KidLit-voice                                      Reading Your Way to Great Writing Voice S.T.E.M.                                             https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/STEM-science-technology-engineering-and-mathematics ThoughtCo.                                         https://www.thoughtco.com/ Mentors for Rent                   …

Kid’s activities

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has created SCBWI CONNECTS for kids, parents, teachers, and caregivers. E-books, games, activities, coloring pages, puzzles, audiobooks, art lessons, and more. All FREE for you! Enjoy. Over 300 remote learning resources for students, parents and educatorsby…

NF 2019 Picture Books

In 2020 I’ve read a few dozen “lists” of the best picture books of 2019. Instead of making my own list I decided to give you a peek into some of these 2019 picture books so you can decide for yourself. Whether you are…

Write2Ignite Conference Recap

What a joy to spend time with old friends — especially old writing friends! And this year I had the fun of bringing my grandson, Mikey, along for the Teen Track. The Write2Ignite Conference for Christian Writers of Literature for Children and Young Adults…

Picture Books – Family

Jean Matthew Hall has reviewed about 200 picture books over the past two years. The next few blog posts will list these picture books by theme and/or category for your easy reference. The titles are linked to the reviews. If I Didn’t Have You…

BULLY

Bully was written and illustrated by Jennifer Sattler. Sleeping Bear Press published it in 2018. Bully is a frog in a pond full of lilies. Bully wants all the lilies all to himself The story traces Bully’s rude, selfish treatment of other creatures in…

Be A Good Dragon

Be a Good Dragon was written and illustrated by Kurt Cyrus, and published in 2018 by Sleeping Bear Press. Poor Enzo the Dragon! He has a terrible cold and is sneezing without control. But Enzo isn’t the only one suffering. Each sneeze spews flames…

Badger’s Perfect Garden

From Jean Matthew Hall a 2019 Picture Book Review – Badger’s Perfect Garden. Badger’s Perfect Garden was written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated (delightfully) by Ramona Kaulitzki. It was published in 2019 by Sleeping Bear Press. Badger’s touching story is beautifully illustrated by…

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