Remembering Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola was an acclaimed American writer and illustrator. He wrote and/or illustrated over 250 books for children. Thomas Anthony was born in Meriden, Connecticut to Joseph and Florence dePaola on September 15, 1934. To readers and admirers, he is known as Tomie. One of the best known and best-loved authors, Tomie signed his nameContinue reading “Remembering Tomie dePaola”


March On With Mentor Texts

The month of March was filled with new picture book titles an and new learning. lynne Marie, Editor and Owner of Rate Your Story, hosted the event. Guest authors and illustrators shared picture book titles and discussions of the mentor texts. The challenge included reading daily posts to discover how these published books are successfulContinue reading “March On With Mentor Texts”


Welcome to Through the Prairie Garden Gate Hope Lim! It is my pleasure to share your upcoming book Mommy’s Hometown with my readers. Share your inspiration for Mommy’s Hometown. MOMMY’S HOMETOWN was inspired by real-life experiences. Since moving to America, I have periodically visited my parents in Korea, and am struck by the continual changes that have slowly altered my hometown.Continue reading “Celebrating MOMMY’S HOMETOWN”

Lovebird Lou

Written by Tammi Sauer; illustrated by Stephanie Laberis Sterling Children’s Books, 2022 Happy Valentine’s Day from a loveable character named Lou! Let’s celebrate Valentines Day with Lou! You are sure to fall in love with Lou like I did. After all, he’s sweet and funny. Everyone loves and adores Lou. This 32 page picture book,Continue reading “Lovebird Lou”


I’m participating in Storystorm 2022! Are you? Today is the last day to register for this annual event. Over the years, since 2009, author and blogger, Tara Lazar has hosted this amazing event with opportunities for readers, writers, educators, and individuals interested in writing and illustrating picture books for children. Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo)Continue reading “Storystorm”


Evie loves to run, jump, hop, and win! On field day she has a choice to win a trophy or be a good friend. Evie’s Field Day: More Than One Way to Win Written by Claire Annette Noland Illustrated by Alicia Teba Cardinal Rule Press, 2020. Read more about this adorable picture book on KathyContinue reading “EVIE’S FIELD DAY MORE THAN ONE WAY TO WIN”

Book Giveaway: I AM ODD I AM NEW by Benjamin Giroux

Ten-year-old Benjamin Giroux wrote a picture book, I Am Odd I Am New. The illustrator is Roz Maclean. Today it makes its debut published by Schiffer Kids. The book includes a foreword by the National Autism Association. the story is about how Benjamin feels living in a neurotypical world.