In this month’s author interview, we’re catching up with Michael Hale, author of Bad Monkey Business. Bad Monkey Business is the tale of a monkey on a mission, told in rhyme and paired with charming, lively illustrations. You’ll find lots of different animals in the pages of this humorous story–no surprise, since its author was once Creative Director at the Phoenix Zoo!
While we are in love with books at Elephant Books, we live in a culture where it is so easy for children to get their hands (and keep their eyes) on a screen. So the question of how to approach kids’ screen usage is increasingly relevant. Recently, Elephant Books received a shout out from Ryan Howard, co-founder of Smart Parent Advice. In this edition of Elephant Notes, we’re passing along his thoughtful insights on how to navigate the challenging topic of kids and screen time.
We caught up with R.W. Alley about what inspires his writing and illustrations and his take on reading during childhood. Long-time illustrator of more than 150 books–including Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear series–and author of countless of his own, he now lives in Rhode Island with his wife Zoë where he spends his time creating new characters, like those in Clark in the Deep Sea, in his charming garage-turned art studio.
A book about a little dragon learning to fly AND a possible new book involving elephants on the way…what more could we at Elephant Books ask for? This month we’re sharing Calista Brill’s book, “Little Wing”, with many of our picture book subscribers.
Ever wonder how a children’s author and illustrator approaches his or her craft? When we last spoke to one of our featured authors, Sophy Henn, she kindly shared some insight and pictures describing how she developed the idea for her first book, Where Bear.
We love hearing from our subscribers and last July we heard from a lot of you about the book, “Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps”. We jumped at the chance to include another wonderful book by one of our favorite authors, Sophy Henn for this month’s book box.
This week we wanted to share with you an excerpt from Jenny Silverstone’s article on the lifelong benefits of reading for children. Jenny Silverstone is a professional writer, mother of two, and advocate of the importance of childhood reading.
Our December author of the month, Tim Hamilton, is a children’s author, cartoonist, and comic books creator. He both adapted the text and created the illustrations for the highly acclaimed, authorized graphic novel adaption of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”.
Henry McHenry is an adorable little rhino that just can’t seem to stay clean. If you have a Henry at your house or know a Henry, then we have the perfect book for you. Our November selection, “A Perfect Mess” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, Steve Breen, will quickly become a favorite.
“The Great Henry Hopendower” tells the sweet tale of an aspiring young magician who learned everything he knows from the very best, his grandpa. Henry’s loving memories of his grandfather expressively unfold throughout this beautifully illustrated book.