Thomas Jefferson battles faulty facts in new picture book

Here’s a fun nonfiction picture book.

Thomas Jefferson’s Battle for Science: Bias, Truth, and a Mighty Moose! by Beth Anderson and Jeremy Holmes.

It’s a fun book that made me laugh more than expected. Think fun facts and #STEAM! Words and illustrations pair perfectly in this book that pulls you through the end. We all want to know what Jefferson did!

Here’s part of the summary: Thomas Jefferson is one of the most famous founding fathers, but did you know that his mind was always on science? This STEM/STEAM picture book tells how Jefferson’s scientific thinking and method battled against faulty facts and bias to prove that his new nation was just as good as any in the Old World.

The book is for ages 7 to 10, grades 2 to 5. I think it’s great for the classroom, but also for a family read. I believe younger children will get the humor in illustration and text.

I met Beth while living in Colorado. I’ve followed her blog and read her books for many years. She’s written many nonfiction books.

I read a digital copy to read this book. I’m looking forward to a hard copy, so I can really feel those page turns.

Beth shares a Behind the Scenes post about this book at her blog.

It’s available where books are sold or request a copy at your library.

Happy Reading!

It was a dark and stormy Day for picture books

It was a dark and stormy Day for picture books

It was a stormy day in Georgia …

So, my dogs were in and out of my office checking in with me.

I keep picture books all around me.

I left choices for the dogs from books I’ve recently read on the floor.

What books are the dog leaning into?

Maggie: Banksy Graffitied Walls and Wasn’t Sorry. by Fausto Gilberti. It’s a biography and very funny.

Chili: I’m Not Missing by Kashelle Gourley and Skylar Hogan. A great book for dog owners. Lots of fun humor.

I’m team Balderdash! John Newberry and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books by Michelle Markel and Nancy Carpenter. I re-read it this week. I’m trying to find a resource listed in the book. I need a super hero, so I’ll probably check in with a librarian soon!

Hope you find a good book to read on both stormy and non-stormy days.

Peaches focuses on family, food, determination

Peaches focuses on family, food, determination

Peaches are in season!

At least for your bookshelf.

This delightful book PEACHES by Gabriele Davis and illustrated by Kim Holt released today (May 7, 2024).

Here’s a description:

In Peaches, a hopeful multigenerational story of love and healing from author Gabriele Davis and illustrator Kim Holt, a girl holds her mother’s memory close while carrying on an important family tradition: making peach cobbler together.

Summer Sundays begin with picking.
Rosy-ripe peaches dipping low to the ground,
Sun-warmed and soft like Grandma’s lap.

Side by side with Daddy and Grandma, a young girl is determined to take part in her family’s tradition of baking the perfect peach cobbler–just like her mama used to. From picking fruit to stirring and mixing to kneading the dough, it’s a little bit messy. But with sure hands to guide the girl step-by-step–and her mother’s memory hanging sweet in the air–she has the recipe for making Mama proud.This warmhearted and ultimately hopeful picture book shows that with a house full of love, everything can feel peach-perfect.

I love stories focused on family and food.

You can find a copy of PEACHES where books are sold. Put a copy on hold at your library. If your library doesn’t have a copy yet, suggest they add a copy to the children’s section.

Busy parents: Check out time saving tips to find books at the library

Busy parents: Check out time saving tips to find books at the library

Yikes it’s been a minute (or million) since I’ve made a blog post.

I’ve been spending time writing, revising, and social media-ing.

I wanted to share a post I wrote for KidLit Works — a promo group of children’s book authors and illustrators with books being published in 2024 and beyond.

In the post, I share tips for busy parents to make the most out of their visit to the library. When my son was little we made weekly runs to the library to find books. I make several trips a month now as an author.

The post also includes a downloadable reading challenge and a reading recommendation list, so you can track books you want to find.

The library has always been a staple in my life. As a parent and writer, I save a lot of money by reading books from the library. I would never be able to purchase the number of books I read.

Hopefully, there’s a new to you tip in the post.

Happy Reading!

A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting

A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting

Here’s my selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday:

Title: A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting
Author: Michelle Robinson
Illustrator: David Roberts
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2016
Suitable for ages: 3-6

Theme/Topic:  Bears, Survival Tips, Humor

Opening Spread: Going for a walk in BEAR Country? You’d better make sure you know your bears.

Brief Synopsis: (from Amazon)
Do you dream of seeing some real, live bears? Then this essential guide to bear spotting, filled with offbeat humor and quirky illustrations, is for you!
In this perfect read-aloud, sure to delight kids and parents alike, a young aspiring bear spotter ventures into bear country . . . But coming face-to-face with the furry creatures themselves, whether black or brown, can be dangerous, and our protagonist–accompanied by a trusty teddy bear–might need to use some unconventional means to stay out of trouble and avoid being (gulp!) eaten.

Resources: The National Park Service has tons of information available on bears. Stuffed bears could also be used to act out scenes from the book.

Why I Like This Book: This books is funny from the first page! While the child is ready for an outdoor adventure, the narrator keeps warning the child about bears. As a person, who always hopes to avoid bears, I laughed out loud while reading this book. Michelle Robinson’s pacing is excellent and the second the narrator says “Don’t worry. Chances are you won’t even SEE a bear.” You KNOW when you turn the pages things will get more interesting. This book has been one of my favorites from 2016.

For more PPBF books, visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s Blog.

Secret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes

Secret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes

Here’s my selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday:

Title: Secret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes
Author: Tim Wynne-Jones
Illustrator: Brian Won
Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2016
Suitable for ages: 4-8

Theme/Topic:  Action, Adventure, Humor, Imagination, How to Tie Your Shoes

Opening Spread: S.A.M. is digging for the Lost City of Raisins … He is tracking down the treacherous green spitting bug, balancing on high places, and stealing home.

Brief Synopsis: (from Candlewick)
Secret Agent Man (S.A.M.) needs new shoes. His mom — er, sidekick, “K” (short for Kay) — takes him shopping. But the operation will be dangerous: to start with, Shoe Store Man looks shifty. “Frisk him,” says S.A.M. With the help of a Team of Expert Spies and keen observation skills, will Sam find that his brand-new tiger-striped shoes convey a new superpower . . . and that he can now tie his own shoelaces? Imaginative play is the mission in this witty picture book with retro illustrations that cleverly merge S.A.M.’s escapades with the ordinary world. Roar!

Resources: Here’s a whole website on Top Spy Secrets. We may need to go around and rename parts of our house based on the spread I mention below.

Why I Like This Book: The first spread sets up agent Secret Agent Man or S.A.M.’s imagination as he plays and the second spread immediately lets us know the reality of his world. It’s a fun story from the first page to the last. My favorite spread is near the end as S.A.M. tries to find K (his mom). He looks int he Secret Chamber of Silence, the Holding Cell of Despair, Torture Chamber, Rocket Silo, and the Darkest Valley of Doom. Most parents will laugh at this. I was going to be secretive about what each item represents, but Illustrator Brian Won has this spread on his website. Take a look. I hope it makes you smile like I did. I discovered this one while searching the library’s online collection for shoe tying books.

For more PPBF books, visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s Blog.