Picture Books

Children's picture books are my favorite books. I love to read them. I love to write them. I have a library of more than 2,000 picture books. And, yes, I have read them all--some of them 20 to 30 times. As a first grade teacher, I read to my class every day. We had our favorites.

I love to read them.

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub 


Don and Audrey Wood


King Bidgood's in the Bathtub  by Don and Audrey Wood had the kids giggling as they joined in with the text. "King Bidgood's in the bathtub and he won't get out. Who knows what to do?"

The Relatives Came


Cynthia Rylant


Those relatives squooshed together in their new car and came up from Virginia. There was so much hugging, snoring, and breathing going on all summer with those relatives.

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge


Mem Fox


Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge sets off to find a memory for his friend, Miss Nancy, who has lost hers. This sweet relationship story is about a boy and the "oldsters" who live in a nearby nursing home.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs


A. Wolf -- with a little help from his friends. Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith


There are always two sides to every story. The poor little pigs were afraid of the wolf. Everyone knows that! They thought the wolf wanted to hurt them. I think you should hear the wolf's side of the story and make up your own mind.

I Love to Write Them!

I love to write picture books too. I've written more than 20 stories. They are looking for publishing homes.

I Love to Review Them





Just hopping by to tell you that my Teacher's Pets frog logo was created by my friend, Sheryl Lloyd.

OK! so I'm not hopping -- just sitting here absorbing these good books and you can too. There's plenty of good reading where these came from. Keep on scrolling to find a lot of "ribbetting" tales.


                          Hoppy Reading!

For nine years I was a picture book reviewer and authored the column, Teacher's Pets on for SmartWriters.com.

My reviews had a different twist than most book reviews. I worked with a team of elementary-aged school children, called KIDDLE CRITers, They reviewed the books with me. We met once a month after school to read and discuss newly published children's picture books sent to us from tons of publishers. The KIDDLE CRITers team consisted of seven to fifteen children ranging in ages from six- to twelve-years-old. They were enthusiastic critics. One section of my online review, was called FROM the MOUTHS of KIDDLE CRITers, which included the insightful and sometimes hilarious comments by the children.
Since I was a first grade teacher (or a third grade teacher depending on the year), I designed lessons for other teachers to use with the books we reviewed. That section was called, TEACHER TALK. I also suggested additional books, as well as two or three websites that teachers could use to compliment the reviewed books. Of course, there was always my review.

Though SmartWriters is now defunct, the collection of book reviews can be found my other websites.


Donna O'Donnell Figurski's Blog  (Look for Teacher's Pets: Book Reviewer in the right sidebar.)




Donna O'Donnell Figurski  (Look for Teacher/Book Reviewer in the right sidebar.)

I am a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. (SCBWI) Try to say that fast.


I've attended numerous conferences across the United States. I've met agents, editors, authors, and illustrators. Some are even my friends.

"Wowie Zowie!!” (Mira Reisberg, Ph.D.)


          I Graduated from CBA

                  Children's Book Academy

I found Children’s Book Academy by accident, and I’m glad that I did. Working with two fabulously talented editors at CBA was beyond amazing.


This was intensive class that was spread over 5 weeks. It could easily have been a whole college semester.

Mira Reisberg, Ph.D, and Kelly Delaney encouraged their students to examine all facets of the children’s book publishing world, including first draft, revisions, plot, pitch, and cover letter.

Guest editors (featured on webinars) provided valuable critique of students’ work.

Thank you, Mira, Kelly, and all contributors. This class rocked!

"Wowie Zowie!!” (as Mira likes to say)

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