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Meet the Author: Lisa Rose


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Fun Facts About Lisa Rose

  • Loves the color blue
  • Hates ketchup
  • Taught 1st grade and her students often lived in homeless shelters
  • Owned pet turtles named Broccoli and Peapod
  • Practices yoga and LOVES to swim!
  • Prefers frosting and ice cream to anything spicy or garlicy


What inspired you to write your book Shmulik Paints the Town? This story was inspired by my cousin who paints pictures using dog paw prints. She dips the paw in paint and then stamps it over the canvas. Afterwards, she creates paintings based upon the prints. Owners love to have this very unique work of art. Also, sometimes people bring their old and sick dogs to her so that they can have a lasting memory their beloved pet.
How long did it take to write this book? I was swimmer before I ever was a writer. It was excellent practice for becoming a writer. Both often require you to go as fast as you can into a cement wall. This story hit many cement walls. I put it aside for a bit and then one day after attending a story structure workshop by Shutta Crum I figured out how to revise it. Victory! My advice: Never to throw out stories that aren’t working. Simply, put them aside—you never know when you will learn how to revise it. It may take days…or years…but it will come. I probably worked on this story for two years or so before it was sold. It took two years almost exactly from the date Kar-Ben accepted the story to publication.

Do you plan to write more books? My writing is very diverse. I write Jewish picture books and stories inspired by my students in Highland Park and Pontiac. (I’m a recovering first grade teacher.) I write non-fiction and silly secular fiction picture books. But all of these works are linked by common theme of: cheer for the underdog!
Also, my stories can be read in a new app called AMAZON RAPIDS by Amazon. The titles are EARLY BIRD vs. WORM and VENUS FLYTRAP vs. BEE.

Who is your favorite children’s author? Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak has always been my favorite picture book. I love Mo Willems and Kelly Dipucchio. I fell in love with Judy Blume and I adore Jacqueline Woodson.

Who inspires you to be an author? Many authors inspire me but I think the world is my biggest inspiration—I just can’t stop when I feel like there is a story inside of me.

Do you have any advice for kids like me? Keep reading!

Also, I host a picture book discussion group on Facebook. Many times people don’t buy diverse books, because they lack the awareness. I’m Jewish, and as I said, many of my stories are inspired by my African American students. I believe because of my experience, I have unique perspective of understanding two communities. I observe how both communities can lack an understanding of each other. Not because of hate, but because of just living divided. I believe the way to end ignorance is with knowledge. I call it MISSING VOICE because I want it to mean more than just race, but also include religion, and little known historical facts and people. Once a month a new picture book is selected to read and discuss. At the end of the month is a live chat with the author on our Facebook page.


Posted in Book Review

Shmulik Paints the Town


By Lisa Rose

Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri

Shmulik Paints the Town is a book about the Jewish Independence Day.  I met the author at an event a few weeks ago. (Bridget note: she is a fan of mine!) At the event, she read her book and it was fun.

Shmulik doesn’t paint the town, his dog does. (Bridget note: Lisa Rose says Shmulik is Hebrew for Sam) People think Shmulik did the painting. No one believes his dog did it. There is a lot of silliness because Shmulik can’t figure out what he wants to paint, so his dog paints when he is inspired.

I liked that there is possibility in everything. There is inspiration all around. I really liked the artwork and the colorfulness of them. I also liked learning about the Jewish Independence Day. My new hometown has a very large Jewish population so I want to learn more about what they celebrate.

I recommend this book to people like Shmulik – people who need inspiration. If you are Jewish or curious about their holidays, this would be a good book to read.

Come back tomorrow to meet Lisa Rose!


Posted in Book Review

Tessa’s Lost and Found

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By Shana Muldoon Zappa & Ahmet Zappa

I like this book and it is also part of the Star Darling series. I even watched a Star Darling movie the other day.

The Star Darlings are girls from another planet who grant wishes on our planet. They call Earth “Wish World”.

In this book, Tessa is chosen to go to Wish World. This will be her second trip. Her wisher’s name is Lizzie, she is moving and has moved from a million different places. Her wish is she doesn’t have to move again.

I like that this book has an animal shelter. There is a problem there and Lizzie volunteers at the shelter for one day. Lizzie was able to help fix the problem through her friends from all the places she had moved.

I recommend this book to people who have wishes.

Posted in meet the movie


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Today, my review is meet the movie. I have a read a lot over Thanksgiving break but am saving those reviews for later.

The movie I am reviewing is Trolls. There is a Bridget and a Cooper (aka Annoying Little Brother) in it. The movie is about trolls having to find a new home and Bergens (bad guys) taking the trolls to try and eat them because they think that is only thing that can make them happy. Bridget is a Bergen, she is a nice one and the scullery maid for the king.  She helps the trolls.

This is a very nice movie. Cooper is the giraffe-like animal that poops out cupcakes. I liked that there is more to happiness than one thing.

I recommend everyone go see this. It will make you laugh. It will make you dance.

I am working on building Poppy, the troll princess, in Legos right now. Ok, bye!

Posted in Ask the Librarian

Ask the librarian: Dana Guisti

Name of Library: Fishtown Community Library (a branch library in the Free Library of Philadelphia system)
What kind of librarian are you?I am a Children’s Librarian, which means I get to share and encourage a love of reading with children!

How long have you been a librarian?
I have been a librarian for two years now. I have worked at the Fishtown Library for a year and a half.

What lead you to wanting to be a librarian?
I had been interested in becoming a teacher, but found my true passion was focused on literacy. I love that I can share great stories with kids during storytime, encourage their creativity through crafting, and have fun during themed programs, such as celebrating Star Wars Day! There is nothing better than hearing a parent say their child loves visiting the library and picking out new books to read together.

How do you pick books for your library?
I don’t order all of the books we receive; however, I do get to choose a fair amount. I get ideas by listening to what parents and children ask for, or when I see books that are similar to titles that are checked out often. Sometimes I fall in love with a particular book and decide to add it to our collection for everyone to enjoy!

Do you have a favorite author?
When it comes to children’s literature, I am always quick to recommend anything by Mo Willems, Greg Pizzoli, or Beverly Cleary. Personally, I love J.K. Rowling and Liane Moriarty.

How do you decide what book to recommend to a specific kid?
I usually ask what sort of subject they’re interested in reading about, or what sort of tone–funny, adventurous, etc. I then ask what sort of books they already enjoy; that is usually a helpful guide to finding a new book for them to enjoy!

Posted in Book Review

Just about Girls

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I picked up this book because it is just for girls. I wanted to know what I didn’t know about being a girl. I have learned that there will be a lot of changes in my life.  Now, I don’t think being a girl will  be easy. But I will prepare myself.

I like fact books so I liked learning from it. One problem I have is it tells me I have to eat the foods that are problems for me. I think I need to skip the food portion of this book. Mom says because I eat a special diet that will be common.

I recommend this book to girls and women. I think moms should read this with their daughters.