what's on the shelf

my obsession with children's picture books is not a secret. for many years i worked at a bookstore and was the children's department lead.  this job grew my love for picture books and helped me realize my dream to one day illustrate my own picture books.

the first thing i look for in a good picture book is the quality and style of the illustrations.
the second aspect is the story line. my thought process is if i can not be interested and focused in the story line then a child will not be.

what's on the shelf...

"What Do You Do With an Idea"
Written by Kobi Yamada
Illustrated by Mae Besom
ISBN: 9781938298073

ever had an idea and just did not know what to do with it? in this book a young child learns the importance of having an idea and letting it grow. the child discovers about staying true to the idea, having confidence in what you believe and then bring the idea out and celebrating it with the world. this is a story line that will both inspire and teach children and adults.
the illustrations are full of vibrant colors and wonderful black and white pencil tones.  as the idea grows in the book the more color is added to the illustrations. the images connect well with the words of the story and leave room for the imagination to wonder.