Publisher: Dial Books


Jun 28
4th of July Picture Book Spotlight & Author Interview: Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus

4th of July Picture Book Spotlight & Author Interview: Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus

Author Interview, Picture Books 10

Lately I’ve been more and more curious about the picture book process. I’ve met lots of picture book authors at conferences and such, but I don’t know much about how picture books get made (which you’ll see from my questions. LOL!). Anyway, Sarvinder Naberhaus is one of the authors I met at the most recent SCBWI conference I went to. I drove her to the airport after the conference, and we talked for a long time (we bonded over stories of our awkwardness in social settings—she’s my kind of person!). I thought it would be nice to feature Sarvinder here on the blog. Since it’s almost 4th of July, Sarvinder’s diverse, patriotic book Blue Sky White Stars is the perfect pick! This book seems simple at first glance, and yet quite a lot of meaning is packed into its pages. For anyone like me who’s had a harder time stirring… Read more »


Jul 12
The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan: Review of a Perfect Summer Read!

The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan: Review of a Perfect Summer Read!

Coyer, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 12 ★★★★

This is one of those perfect summer reads—the type of book you can read all in one sitting on a sunny morning (which is exactly what I did!). What Fed My Addiction: Good balance of light tone and heavy topics. This book covers some serious topics like death, chronic illness, class differences and family pressures, but Briggs’ voice is light and funny enough to make the read enjoyable rather than plodding. Plus, there are some really funny circumstances and secondary characters in this book. I found myself laughing out loud several times while reading this book, and chuckling for much of the rest of the time. Somehow this made the serious parts of the book that much more effective—I also found myself tearing up a few times. Briggs. Briggs isn’t a typical snarky teenage YA voice; he’s more sardonic and self-deprecating, which makes him very relatable. It was hard not to… Read more »