Robobaby by David Wiesner

Are you good with technology? How about your parents? Your aunts and uncles? What would you do if you got a box of parts and had to assemble your baby brother or sister?

The Picture Book of the Week is Robobaby, written and illustrated by David Wiesner.

About the Book:

At the beginning of Robobaby, a new baby brother has arrived. Unfortunately, he has to be assembled from a box of parts. Mom and Dad do their best, but end up making a mess of assembling little Flange. Uncle Manifold tries, too, but all of their efforts turn into a disaster. Older sister, Cathode, or Cathy, does know what to do and she is ready and willing to help., but nobody listens to her. Will Flange ever get assembled properly? Will the family listen to Cathy?

Watch this interview with David Wiesner about his book, Robobaby:

Writing Exercise:

Robobaby is written like a graphic novel, with pictures and dialogue. Write a story like a graphic novel. Make the story about what you would do if you got to assemble your baby brother or sister from a box of parts. Would you give him/her any special powers or abilities?

I would love to read your stories. If you are willing to share, please send your story to stories@alicia-salazar.com. I’ll feature some stories of the week on this blog!

Happy Writing!

Alicia Salazar – Children’s Book Author

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Also by E. B. Goodale

Do you have memories that come back to you when you working, or playing, or going about your day? Where do your memories take you?

The Picture Book of the Week is Also, written and illustrated by E. B. Goodale (www.ebgoodale.com).

About the Book:

Also is about all of us, you and me, and the memories that link us to people and places from our past. It starts out with a little girl who is at her gramma’s house, playing in the blueberry fields. In her mind, she is also remembering camping with her mom. The book shows us where her mom is and what she is remembering. It also shows us where her gramma is and what she is remembering. We even see where the cat is and what she is remembering. Watch the book trailer for Also below:

Writing Exercise:

What are you thinking about when you are at school, or outside playing, or sitting alone in your room? Where do your memories take you? Write a story like Also with a main character, or a story about yourself, that talks about what you remember.

I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send your story to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy Writing!

Alicia Salazar – Children’s Book Author

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Isabel And Her Colores Go To School by Alexandra Alessandri and Courtney Dawson

When you are new on the planet, there are a lot of firsts. First time to walk, first time to talk, and first day of school. How scary were your firsts?

The Picture Book of the Week is Isabel and Her Colores Go to School, written by Alexandra Alessandri and illustrated by Courtney Dawson.

About the Book:

Isabel is ready for school, but she is a little worried because she doesn’t speak much English. Her bad dreams scare her the night before the first day. When morning comes, she doesn’t want to go to school. She loves colors and coloring. During class, she sees colors exploding all around her. Then she meets Sarah. Will the language barrier stall their friendship or will it melt away? Will her love of colors and coloring get her through the day?

Writing Exercise:

Isabel faces the loneliness of not knowing anyone, not knowing the language, and being in a completely new place without her family. Write about a time that you felt lonely. What got you through it? Were you scared? Did you find a friend? Your story doesn’t have to be about your experience. It can be a story with characters, setting, and plot.

I would love to read your stories. If you are willing to share, please send an email to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy Writing!

Alicia Salazar – Children’s Book Author

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Everyone’s Awake by Colin Meloy and Shawn Harris

Have you and your family ever stayed up all night long? What did you do? Read a book? Tell scary stories? Skateboard up the walls?

The Picture Book of the Week is Everyone’s Awake, written by Colin Meloy and illustrated by Shawn Harris.

About the Book:

What would you do if you opened your eyes in the middle of the night and everyone in you family was wide awake and accomplishing fantastical things like trapezing from the ceiling fans, or winning a Pulitzer, or baking bread, or playing whist with a dead relative’s ghost. That is what happens in this story about a boy who wakes up to the unexpected. When the Sun starts to come up, he tiptoes down the stairs. What will he find. Something else unexpected maybe. Or will he join in?

Writing Exercise:

The writing exercise for the week it to write a story about unusual things you do when you stay up all night. Or if you aren’t allowed to stay up all night, write about all the weird and wonderful things you would do if you could stay up all night. Be as fantastical as you want: roam in between the walls hunting bats, start a spider weaving competition. Whatever strikes your fancy.

I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, send to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy Writing!

Alicia Salazar – Children’s Book Author

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Petal The Angry Cow by Maureen Fergus and Olga Demidova

Everybody gets mad sometimes? What do you do with your anger? Do you stuff it, let it go, or let it loose?

The Picture Book of the Week is Petal The Angry Cow, written by Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Olga Demidova.

About the Book:

Petal is a cow who does a lot of things well, like art and dancing. Unfortunately, she also has a bad temper. If anything even slightly annoying happens, Petal flies off the handle. If the dog borrows her stuff without asking or the sheep cuts in front her in line, Petal explodes. The farmer tries to change Petal’s behavior by giving her consequences, but it doesn’t work. Petal refuses to change until she meets a swan. The swan teaches Petal to respect others and be kind, but not in the way you would expect. Will Petal be able to go on a field trip?

Warning: In this book, Petal says bad words like “stupid”, and “dummy”. You don’t have to read them aloud if you don’t want to.

Writing Exercise:

This book is all about anger and what you do with yours. So, write about what you do with your anger when you feel it. It can be a fictional story about a fictional character, or it can be a story about your own life.

Happy Writing!

Alicia Salazar – Children’s Book Author

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Viking In Love by Doug Cenko

What would you do for love? Would you leave your comfort zone and do something that terrifies you?

The Picture Book of the Week is Viking In Love, written and illustrated by Doug Cenko.

About the Book:

Stig is a Viking who loves hearty stew, fresh air, and adorable kittens. The one thing he doesn’t like is the sea. He is very happy living as a land-locked Viking, that is, until he meets Ingrid and falls in love. Before he can tell her how he feels, she gets swept away by the sea. He has to go after her if he wants her to know he loves her, but the sea is not in his comfort zone. He tries other ways of getting his message to Ingrid, but each one fails. Will he brave the sea and go after his love? Will Ingrid and Stig live happily ever after?

Writing Exercise:

Write a love story. It can be your own or from your imagination. Include how you had to overcome an obstacle to make your love a reality.

Happy Writing!

Alicia Salazar – Children’s Book Author

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When The Storm Comes by Linda Ashman and Taeeun Yoo

What do you do when a storm comes? Do you snuggle up with a good book? Or watch the news? Or something entirely different?

The Picture Book of the Week is When The Storm Comes, written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo.

About the Book:

This sweet rhyming book shows the different things people and animals do when a storm come. Foxes listen. Humans count supplies. Rabbits shelter. Whales swim deep, deep, deep. Everyone prepares to protect themselves against the storm. And when the storm is over, life returns. This book affirms so many things that both people and animals share in common: the need for safety, shelter, family, and community.

Writing Exercise:

Write a story or an essay about riding out a storm. Use descriptive language to show what the wind and rain and thunder sound like, what the storm smells like, and how it felt to need protection from the elements.

Happy Writing!

Anita and the Dragons by Hannah Carmona and Anna Cunha

Have you ever faced a major life change — something so scary it seemed like you were facing a dragon?

The Picture Book of the Week is Anita and the Dragons, written by Hannah Carmona and illustrated by Anna Cunha.

About the Book:

Anita and the Dragons in about a young girl who is about to leave everything she loves and enter a new and unfamiliar country. She is no ordinary girl, however. In her imagination, she is a princess and the airplanes are dragons. After promising to send her Abuela lots of pictures, she takes a bold step and enters the belly of the beast. Will she have the courage to embark on new adventures.

Writing Exercise:

Anita is facing a major life change: leaving everything she knows for a new and unfamiliar country. Write about a time you went through a change in your life — a new school, a new city, making new friends.

Happy Writing!

I Talk Like A River by Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith

Happy New Year!

Sorry I have been away, but I wish all of my readers a 2022 filled with dreams coming true.

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Is there something that you struggle with? Something that you feel like you can’t get away from and that makes you want to crawl under the covers and hide? This week’s selection might touch your heart.

The Picture Book of the Week is I Talk Like A River, written by Jordan Scott and illustrated by Sydney Smith.

About the Book:

The book is about a boy who stutters, but it never mentions stuttering. The boy has to give a presentation at school, but can’t seem to get the words out. The other kids laugh and the boy feels frustrated. His dad takes him to a quiet place where he doesn’t have to talk if he doesn’t want to. His dad takes him to a river. What the boy finds at the river gives him the courage to try again the next day.

Writing Exercise:

I Talk Like A River is about a boy who stutters. What is your challenge in life? Write a story about your challenges, but don’t mention the name of the challenge. Use metaphors. Describe, but don’t say what it is.

Happy Writing!

It Fell From The Sky by The Fan Brothers

Have you ever found a wonder of wonders? What did you do with it?

The Picture Book of the Week is It Fell From The Sky, written and illustrated by Terry Fan and Eric Fan.

About the Book:

In the miniature world of bugs, a wonder appears. No one knows what it is and no one is quite sure where it came from. Did it grow from the ground or fall from the sky? All they know is that it is different from anything they have ever seen. Then, spider decides that it belongs to him. He even has a plan. He will hold an exhibition. Bugs from all over come to see the wonder. Spider grows rich. Then the wonder is taken away. What will the spider do? Will the bugs ever see a wonder again?

Writing Exercise:

This book imagines a magical world where bugs form a society. Write a story in which you build a world that is different from yours in some way. Add details like how characters dress, and talk, and what the world looks like.

Happy Writing!