On November 14, 2011, author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog featured a post that piqued my interest (to say the least). Reviewing picture books every week? Sharing resources to help families, classes and libraries more fully utilize those picture books? I didn’t have to think for long. I was in.
Judging from my comments (as elizabethanne) on Susanna’s original post on November 14th and on the inaugural PPBF post on November 18th, I didn’t find out about it the first day, but skidded in at the last minute on the first Friday to add my review of Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. I’ve been doing PPBF posts weekly ever since (although the entire PPBF group took a break over the summer.)
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year…
That first PPBFriday, we had nine participants (besides Susanna, that is). Now there are usually twenty to thirty perfect picture books shared each week, and there is an incredible number of picture books in the list (over 800 and counting!)
We have a delightful logo, thanks to Loni Edwards (see above left) and now, thanks to Alison Kipnis Hertz, we have a bookmark featuring the logo, information about PPBF AND a QR code so that people can scan it and be taken directly to the PPB page on Susanna’s blog. As these bookmarks are distributed here, there, and everywhere, I know that our purpose of sharing resources with parents, teachers and librarians will really take flight.
A side benefit to all the reading and reviewing has been the community that has grown up through our weekly meeting over picture book reviews on our blogs. We have become friends as well as colleagues, and many of us support each others’ blogs the rest of the week as well. Writers, illustrators, teachers, librarians, readers of all sorts draw together in a cyber-meeting weekly, and we have a lot of fun together, as well as sharing great books and great ideas.
I am truly grateful for Perfect Picture Book Fridays, and so, as PPBF marks its first year, I will be celebrating all week long. I hope you’ll come back on Wednesday, when I’ll be interviewing author Susanna Leonard Hill, the originator of Perfect Picture Book Fridays. On Friday, I’ll be adding another of Susanna’s books to our list.
If you are a participant in, or a reader of, Perfect Picture Book Fridays, what has PPBF meant for you over the past year?