At the 2016 summer SCBWI conference I had the pleasure of attending a session led by editor Neil Porter. During that hour, he invited author/illustrator Antoinette Portis on stage to discuss and read from her picture book, Best Frints in the Whole Universe. I fell in love with this PB instantly. It has everything I love in a PB: quirk, humor, and a lot of heart. It’s one of my favorites and I’m excited to gush about it today.
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I first heard part of this book read aloud at the SCBWI LA Conference in August. Editor Melissa Manlove read it with gusto during a panel and she had the audience of 1,000+ people cracking up. So when she abruptly closed the book halfway through, you bet your bottom I had to finish it. President Squid by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Sara Varon is a fun and LOL-worthy PB with one ridiculous protagonist. This (very current and relevant) political satire will get the whole room rolling.
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It’s August 10th, which means everyone’s sharing their favorite PBs with each other. Yay!
Educators Cathy Mere and Mandy Robeck run the #pb10for10 event every year. Those who participate choose ten picture books they cannot live without and share them on their blogs.
My theme for my 2016 picks: creatures and inanimate objects. Hope you enjoy!
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I’m really excited to share my thoughts on Water Is Water, written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin. To put it simply, this picture book is beautiful. It’s the most beautiful concept PB I’ve read. I knew I was going to love it from the first spread.
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I’ve been waiting to get my paws on this picture book and, just as I suspected, it did not disappoint. There Was on Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight, written by Penny Parker Klostermann and illustrated by Ben Mantle, is officially one of my favorite PBs. The rhyme is fun, fast-paced, and flawless. And the illustrations pop with color and hilarity.
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This PB is at the top of my favorites list! I’ve reread it a few times recently because one of my family dogs passed away two weeks ago. Harley was my 14-year-old beagle that battled health issues for years. He deteriorated on a Sunday and my parents decided it was best to end his suffering and let him cross the dog rainbow bridge. He was my first dog as a child and he gave me lots of happy memories. After he left us, I immediately cuddled up with my dog, Dixie, and reread Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann for some PB comfort.
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It’s my first year participating in #pb10for10! Choosing just 10 picture books that I can’t live without is so difficult. I adore so many PBs, but here are 10 that I absolutely need in my life (in no particular order):
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