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.


521 Books Collected

Since February 19, we’ve collected more than 500 books, 521 to be exact, for our Children’s Book Drive. I counted every book myself!

I’d like to take the time to thank every and anyone that has supported this effort by donating books, sharing social media posts, or a kind word. It has all been greatly appreciated.

We have not had the first pop-up event to give books away, and we’re making plans to make books available very soon! Stay tuned for updates and details.

“You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss

Drop Everything And Read

STOP… In the name of books!

Drop Everything And Read!!!

Today is D.E.A.R. Day (drop everything and read day), “a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives.”

You don’t have to join a large group or have a fancy get-together to celebrate. Just take a little time out of your day, find a comfortable spot and read. Read to yourself, out-loud to your children, at a nursing home, or even at a local school. And don’t stop with today, or the month of April, make reading a priority.

D.E.A.R. is also celebrated on Beverly Cleary’s birthday April 12, after writing about it in one of her stories about Ramona Quimby.

My favorite Beverly Cleary books are ‘Ramona the Brave,’ and ‘Beezus and Ramona.” What are your favorite Beverly Cleary Books?

If you need help choosing a book to read visit your local library, they are sure to have a great selection and lots of suggestions!


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!