20 Days of Picture Books

It’s picture book month, and I couldn’t be any more excited if I won the lottery. Well, maybe winning the lottery is a stretch… what about if it were my birthday. That’s good!

One thing I love as much as my birthday is picture books! Big ones and little ones, about kids and animals, funny ones and not so funny ones.  November gives me the opportunity to celebrate this particular genre.

What is PBM? According to picturebookmonth.com it’s an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November. Follow the previous link to find out more, and how you can participate.

What I’m doing for Picture Book Month

During the month of November, I’m sharing 20 Days of picture books from my personal bookshelf. Each day, I’ll add a book here on the blog, as well as my social media accounts, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Follow, and come back to find out what my daily picks are.

From my bookshelf 

5- Despite the Height by Ivory Latta & Charles R. Smith Jr., illustrated by D.J. Coffman. This book is a fun read, one that begs to be read out loud. B-bounce. Young, sports hopefuls who may fall short, will find it inspiring.

6 –That’s Good! That’s Bad! by Margery Cuyler. It’s a fun story with twist and turns. The illustrations by David Catrow are vibrant and just as fun as the story.

7 – Oh No, Gotta Go! by Susan Middleton Elya. This book is written in rhyme and is a fun read-aloud. Although it’s written in English, it’s infused with the perfect blend of Spanish words and phrases. Oh No, Gotta Go! makes a perfect bedtime story. For your child’s learning experience there is a glossary and pronunciation guide in the back of the book.

8 – Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith. This story is reminiscent of Little Red Riding Hood but funner. Yes… funner! Alex is not only the author but the illustrator of this book. How cool is that?!

9 – The Gruffalo. I am truly enjoying choosing books from my library to share during picture book month. It has given me the opportunity to reread some really great books! The Gruffalo is one your children will want to read over, and over again. It’s even on Netflix! Written by Julia Donaldson, and illustrated by Alex Scheffler, this book will become a family favorite.


Bayou Stew Sneak Peek & Pre-Sale


In July, I announced that I am expecting… another book!  Bayou Stew, An Al-the-Gator Tale. The publication date is January 15, 2019. *Insert bells, whistles, fireworks, and shooting stars.*

Bayou Stew is a full-color children’s picture book about two unlikely friends, Al-the-Gator and Raycoon. After a ve-e-ery long nap, Al-the-Gator is hungrier than ever and sets out to find a snack. Al convinces Ray, a very favorable candidate, to help him make bayou stew like his grand mamaw used to make… And that’s just how all the fun starts.

The pair chop, dice and stir up a large pot of stew. Do they finally figure out what’s missing?

I’m offering a pre-sale of autographed copies.

Here’s a peek of Al-the-Gator.

Purchase your copy today. Books will be mailed out by January 30, 2019.


Available On Kindle

With great pleasure and the biggest smile on my face, I share with you… ‘Going On  A Bear Hunt,’ is now available on Kindle!

Released March 1, 2017, ‘Going On A Bear Hunt,’ is a children’s picture book about the adventure of two city boys who find themselves bored in Lockhart, Louisiana.

Uncle Eddie Ray takes Aiden and Austin on a bear hunt they will never forget.

With the purchase of a printed copy of the book, you can download the ebook for .99 cents.

And don’t forget to leave a review!



I’m expecting!

Yes. I am expecting another book, ‘Bayou Stew, An Al-the-Gator Tale.’ Above is a preliminary cover design.

Last summer, our grandson Jericho inspired a story about two unlikely friends, Al-the-Gator and Raycoon.

Who do you think is the most clever… an alligator or a raccoon?

In this story, Al convinces Ray to help him make bayou stew like his grand mamaw used to make. And that’s just how all the fun starts.

Coming Soon

The projected publication is January 2019. The exact date will be announced closer to the date.

Matthew Fileds, also the illustrator of ‘Going On a Bear Hunt,‘ and I teamed up to create another book. I can’t wait to share sneak peeks with you. Follow me on social media to get updates… Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.


Meet Aiden and Austin

Aiden and Austin are two fun-loving boys, who like to do what other little boys their ages like to do. It just so happens they have inspired a children’s book. And how cool is that???

It was the first Saturday in August, during our annual family reunion in 2016, this duo sparked my imaginative. Their adventure of bear hunting with their uncle intrigued me, but it was Aiden’s declaration that “Boys who hunt bear, don’t need shoes,” that got the wheels churning.

I had not written a children’s story in a while, years to be exact, and had been longing to get back to it. This was just what I needed.

Recently, their mom told me about spirit week at their school. For ‘Dress as your favorite book character day,’ Aiden went as Austin, and Austin as Aiden from ‘Going On a Bear Hunt.’ That really tickled me.

These two even had their very own book signing with their friends and family. That way cool.

More about Aiden & Austin

Favorite Food:
Aiden: Fettuccine
Austin: Tacos

Favorite Color:
Aiden: Green
Austin: Blue

Favorite Thing To Do:
Aiden: Play with airplanes
Austin: Ride his scooter

Now that you’ve met Aiden and Austin, the only thing left to do is click through to Amazon and purchase your copy of ‘Going On a Bear Hunt‘ today. Happy reading.

A Recap and Forecast

In July, ‘Going On a Bear Hunt’ and I hit the road for a Summer Tour. I read at several Girls and Boys Clubs, book stores, libraries, and summer programs.

I had the opportunity to read my book, answer tons of questions, take pictures, sign copies, and laughed a lot! Meeting and sharing with young people was the icing on the cake. One handsome little boy told me I was his favorite author. That lead to everyone else in the group repeating the same sentiment. And I enjoyed every minute.

Check out the pictures from the tour on LaRich Media’s Facebook page.

What’s Next

Now that summer is over, I’m preparing for upcoming school visits.  I’m looking forward to taking ‘Going On a Bear Hunt’ into classrooms and sharing this adventure. A few events and book signings are also in the works. I’ll be sure to share.

This summer I completed the story for my next book. Soon my illustrator and I will get to work! I am looking forward to sharing more about this project in the near future. My grandson sparked the inspiration for this next book.

Here’s to bear hunts and great adventures!






Summer Book Tour

We are super excited to announce the ‘Going On a Bear Hunt’ Summer Tour in Arkansas!

During the July and August, we’re hitting the road reading, and sharing ‘Going On a Bear Hunt,’ with stops at Boys & Girls Clubs, public libraries, and bookstores. LaTonya is excited to connect with young readers and of course, there will be opportunities to purchase signed copies of her book. There are still dates open for July, and August is booking up fast.

There are still dates open for July, and August is booking up fast. Get in touch, if you’d like her to make a stop near you, in person, or virtually!



GOABH Activity Kit

Going On A Bear Hunt Activity Kit

We are so excited to share our brand new ‘Going On A Bear Hunt’ Activity Kit. It’s packed with engaging ideas, adventures, activities, and discussion questions designed to bring this picture book to life.

Any time is a good time to enjoy a great adventure.

This kit is a great tool

  • For teachers to teach Going On A Bear Hunt
  • Parents to provide enrichment
  • Hours of fun for children


Going On A Bear Hunt – FB Live

May 1-7, is Children’s Book Week. In celebration, I will read my brand new children’s picture book ‘Going On a Bear Hunt,’ on Facebook live.

Catch me May 2, at 6:30 p.m. CST on LaRich Media’s Facebook page. I will read, and answer any questions. There are a few more things up my sleeve for the week and will share them right here on Tuesday.

How will you celebrate Children’s Book Week?

Going On A Bear Hunt Released

What does a fishing pole, bee keepers hat, a butterfly net, along with a jar of jelly beans, aka Louisiana black bear bait have in common?

It is the making of a great adventure!

After being inspired by young cousins, LaTonya Richardson wrote

‘Going On a Bear Hunt,’ was released February 28. A children’s picture book about the adventure of two city boys who find themselves bored in Lockhart, Louisiana. Uncle Eddie Ray takes Aiden and Austin on a bear hunt they will never forget.

“I love this story; the uncle is so clever that the boys don’t realize the trick he’s pulled on them! This fun adventure will appeal to boys, uncles, and any who’ve ever wanted to go on a bear hunt.” Pam Margolis, the Unconventional Librarian.

‘Going On a Bear Hunt’ was illustrated by a University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff sophomore and art major, Matthew Fields.

When making plans for the project, Richardson, a University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff instructor, and alumni knew she wanted to use a UAPB student.

“I asked Danny Campbell, chairperson of the Art Department about a student, and without hesitation said he had the perfect person. On Campbell’s word, and after seeing only one sample of Fields’ work we met. He brought my story and vision to life. I am more than pleased.”

‘G0ing On a Bear Hunt,’ is available online at Amazon.com, CreateSpace.com, and wherever books are sold. For more information, author visits, or book signings in your neck of the woods email latonya@larichmedia.com.