I had a blast this morning at the second meeting of a picture book club of local kidlit authors. We discussed a compare and contrast of Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. The overwhelming majority favored the latter. I'm biased because I love all Mo Willems books! Looking forward to the next meeting. It's such fun to listen to what inspires others and what they're working on.
I recently founded a picture book club for local authors to discuss successful picture books and the first meeting is this week. We're going to read and discuss the award-winning picture book, Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de le Peña. It's easy to see why it's so highly regarded. I can't recall the last time I was so moved by a kid's book. It reads more like a poem or a song, and lifts up the reader with its soaring message. If the news this week has you down, pick up a copy for a timely reminder of how we can nurture empathy in little ones and inspire them to see and create beauty in a world that is often imperfect.