Robin Yardi


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Greg Pizzoli on TRICKY VIC

I never boo books, but over in the Nonficiton Nook I’m giving one a theatrical hisssssss. Make way for a vaudeville-worthy villain, a crook, a conman — it’s GregPizolli’s TRICKY VIC!

I’ll be picking two marks to win signed copies. So sneak on over to the Nook and read my interview with Geisel Award winner Greg Pizzoli!

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BLUE ON BLUE

Today I’m posting double interviews with debut picture book author Dianne White & Caldecott medal winning illustrator Beth Krommes. I’ll be giving away two copies of their new book, BLUE ON BLUE, signed by both the author and the artist over in The Nonfiction Nook–go take a look!

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BLUE ON BLUE is a thing of beauty! Dianne’s graceful and spare poem of a stormy day is the like the sound of rain on a roof, rhythmic, comforting, and thrilling. Beth’s visual world is the earth on which that rain falls. The book, pictures and words together, is a house, a cozy world where family, childhood, and home are connected with the wonder of the natural world.


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The January Sky

I love the winter sky!

While so many of our days’ hours are dark, it seems a shame to spend them all inside. I’ve spent some wonderful moments snuggled up in one big winter coat with a drowsy kiddo. You don’t need to know the names of the stars, planets, and constellations for that time to be magic, but it helps. The words themselves are a beautiful lullaby, whether you’re crunching across snow, littered leaves, or smooth sidewalks. The names can be sung, whispered, and giggled. Moon, meteor, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus. Spica, and Saturn. Sing them all while the earth makes it’s turn, round its axis, round our sun. It will be fun!

I’ve been using Space.com‘s stargazing guide and the month ahead looks to be lovely.

If you have early, EARLY risers like mine you might catch the Quadrantid Meteor Shower before dawn on January second and third.

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On January 23 you can view the bright star, Spica, quite close to the Moon, with Mars looming above at around five in the morning EST.

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And at sunrise, on January 28, we will see Venus close to the slender crescent of our moon!

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Happy gazing,

❤ Robin

P.S. – We’ve been love, love, loving, STARS, by Mary Lynn Ray and Marla Frazee. Go catch a copy!

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