Thursday, September 26, 2013

Recent Picture Book Reads

Back in July, I promised I'd post a list of books I'd been reading to my children this summer. Here is a partial list of some of those books. 

1. LEONARDO THE TERRIBLE MONSTER by Mo Willems (Hyperion- Picture Book) A monster aspires to be frightening enough "to scare the tuna salad out of someone," but learns that being a friend is better than being scary.

2. CHOPSTICKS by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Illust. by Scott Magoon (Hyperion-Picture Book) A pair of joined-at-the-hip chopsticks learn they they can be okay when they separate. 

3. BEDTIME FOR MOMMY by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Illust. by LeUyen Pham (Bloomsbury-Picture Book)  Roles are reversed when a little girl puts her mom to bed. 

4. THIS IS NOT MY HAT by Jon Klassen (Candlewick- Picture Book) A little fish brags about stealing a big fish's hat.

5. I WANT MY HAT BACK by Jon Klassen (Candlewick- Picture Book) A bear looks for his stolen hat. 

6. I MUST HAVE BOBO! by Eileen Rosenthal, Illlust. by Marc Rosenthal  (Atheneum- Picture Book) A boy becomes distraught when his monkey doll is missing. 

7. DOWN AT THE DINO WASH DELUXE by Tim Myers, Illust. by Macky Pamintuan (Sterling- Picture Book) A boy dreads the arrival of the T-Rex at the dino wash where dinosaurs are cleaned. 

8. THE THREE NINJA PIGS by Corey Rosen Schwartz, Illust. by Dan Santat (Putnam- Picture Book) This rhyming book spins the tale of the three little pigs into one about standing up to bullying, perseverance, and martial arts. 

9. JAMBERRY by Bruce Degen, Illust. by Macky Pamintuan (HarperFestival- Picture Book) This is a rhyming book about the adventures between animals, berries, and jams. FUN FACT: While I attended the SCBWI conference this summer, Laurie Halse Anderson gave a fantastic keynote speech in which she credited this book for helping her child develop a love for reading. 

10. DRAGONS LOVE TACOS by Adam Rubin, Illust. by Daniel Salmieri (Dial- Picture Book) Dragons love tacos but they can't have salsa, so things really heat up when they ingest the forbidden ingredient. 

11. MAMA LOVES YOU by Caroline Stutson, Illust. by John Segal (Cartwheel- Picture Book) This rhyming book shows the affection between mothers and children in the animal kingdom. 

12. OH NO, LITTLE DRAGON! by Jim Averbeck (Atheneum- Picture Book) In a book about the impact of a parent's love, a little dragon who loses his spark tries to get it back.

...And that's it for now. Read any good picture books lately?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

IWSG: How Do I Whip Up Some More Time?

Today is IWSG day. Thanks to the thoughtful Alex Cavanaugh for hosting! September is going to be a busy month. I have some juicy freelance writing assignments to work on. On top of that, both my kids will be starting at new preschools. My daughter will be transferring from her current preschool to a new school in the middle of the month. I will be accompanying my son to a parent-participation preschool one morning each week. My husband and I have been busy going through paperwork, running errands, and taking our kids to the pediatrician to have forms filled out. 

Once school begins, we'd have to adapt to a new routine and take on some added duties. Required parent volunteer hours, for example. 

After attending the SCBWI conference in LA, I created an action plan for myself. The plan involves me finishing one hearty revision of my WIP before the end of the year. I'm still hoping to get there. But I wish I could conjure up more hours in a day. More time, unlike more cupcakes, isn't something I have a recipe for. 

How do I whip up an extra two hours in a day? How does September look for you?