Celebrate This Week- November 20, 2015

20 Nov
Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

This week I’m celebrating all the writers, illustrators, book creators, and other literary minded folks who’ve come to the bookstore and given me great advice, inspired me or just provided great conversations!

Here’s a page from my journal of some writing I’ve received from them:

And, I want to give a special shout out to Ripple Grove Press, a Portland-based children’s book publishing company. It’s great to see them at literary events around town and exciting to see them grow!

Here are reviews of books they’ve published so far. Do check them out!


The Gentleman Bat by Abraham Schroeder, Illustrated by Piotr Parda

An old-fashioned tale told in verse about some rather fancy bats. A cute simple story of Victorian-era style and manners paired with highly detailed illustrations.


Too Many Tables by Abraham Schroeder, Illustrated by Micah Monkey

A restaurant is about to open. Everything is perfect until the crew realizes there are no tables! With a request here and there, they get all kinds of tables from all kinds of people- until they are overwhelmed with tables. Readers will be delighted by this story and enjoy the silliness in the illustrations.


The Peddler’s Bed by Lauri Fortino, Illustrated by Bong Redila

Great colorful illustrations can be found in this surprising story about kindness. An old man who’s surrounded by things that go squeak is offered an incredibly comfortable bed by a passing peddler.


Mae and the Moon by Jami Gigot

A girl befriends the moon and worries when one night her nocturnal pal doesn’t show up. Playful illustrations accompany this sweet story perfect for cuddling storytimes.  I love the depiction of the phases of the moon at the back endpaper.


Related to my Commitment to Literacy, I shared #MyGivingStory to try and win a $5000 grant for The Children’s Book Bank. Please vote by liking it here:


My Audio/Video Pick of the Week is a recap of Wordstock, Portland’s literary festival that relaunched earlier this month.

What are you celebrating this week?


5 responses to “Celebrate This Week- November 20, 2015

  1. Terje

    November 21, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Your opening sentence about the advice from the creators could make up the whole celebration. But I am thankful you didn’t stop there and shared all the picture books.

  2. carriegelson

    November 21, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    So much that is inspiring in this post Earl! Great to see Lauri’s book featured here!

  3. Ramona

    November 21, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Definitely interested in Mae and the Moon. Love the page you shared from your writer’s notebook – great advice!

  4. Linda Baie

    November 22, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Thanks for ‘more’ books, Earl. I voted! Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Crystal

    November 22, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    There’s a lot her to celebrate. I had a huge smile on my face the whole time I was reading.I voted. 🙂


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