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Sandy Brehl

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Books have been a central part of Sandy's life since bedtime read-alouds with siblings. Reading and writing with and for her students during her long teaching career led to some publications in magazines and journals.
When Sandy retired from teaching and joined SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) she gained a critique group and took part in professional workshops and conferences. The development of her writing craft and extensive research led to the publication of Odin's Promise.
She writes picture book text, poetry, early reader paneled text, and professional articles on developing reading with quality literature.
Sandy hosts a blog about the use of picture books for all ages at http://UnpackingPictureBookPower.blog..
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Sandy Brehl It always seems I have more ideas than time, so I wish there were some way to block the clock- a magical power to start writing and not have to walk t…moreIt always seems I have more ideas than time, so I wish there were some way to block the clock- a magical power to start writing and not have to walk the dog or fix a meal or run an errand. (less)
Sandy Brehl Having readers who care about and connect with my characters. I write for my own sake, to slow down my thinking, to dig into history or other projects…moreHaving readers who care about and connect with my characters. I write for my own sake, to slow down my thinking, to dig into history or other projects and really focus (I'm a bit of a flibberty-gibbet). But the bottom line is that I love knowing that what was in my head has somehow, through the magic of the written word, found its way into someone else's mind/life/heart. That is truly gratifying.(less)
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The Leaf Detective by Heather  Lang
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It's hard for me to imagine anyone who is not a fan of the rainforest, and anyone who doesn't have a strong impulse toward both curiosity and concern when that subject is mentioned.

Before the main text begins, a quotation by Margaret "Canopy Meg: Lo
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Two Bicycles in Beijing by Teresa Robeson
Two Bicycles in Beijing
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Two brightly-colored bikes are the central characters in this charming tale set in Beijing, China. The sunny yellow one and the robust red one leave the factory together, lean together in a shop window, and feel deeply connected. Third person narrati ...more
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Forever Home by Jenna Ayoub
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This early MG graphic story seems to be the anchor story for a potential series. With a very contemporary hook (ghost hunters), a mixed child of parents who are finally settling into a promised "forever" home after living around the world as military ...more
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Over the Shop by JonArno Lawson
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This complex and detailed visual narrative is a fitting platform for the depth and nuance of community, lives, and found families. It also is a warm embrace and an invitation to return to it again and again to meet and interact with the remarkable en ...more
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Never Let You Go by Patricia Storms
Never Let You Go
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Speaking as a penguin fa- atic, this is a fun and friendly look at the process of loving to the point of possessiveness wit( a recurring pattern of encouraging/allowing independence, consequences, exploration, and a satisfying conclusion. That old sa ...more
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Peace by Baptiste Paul
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This vibrantly illustrated picture book features minimal rhymed verses that urge young readers to view themselves with agency and impact on the people in their lives, and the wider world as well. There's no denying the appeal of diverse kids engaging ...more
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What I Like Most by Mary Murphy
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This seemingly simple story uses a successive pattern of “most favorites” as each is described and then succeeded by the next day’s favorite thing. I can relate entirely, because being asked about my favorite books (or many other things) is an imposs ...more
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Flying Paintings by Amy Alznauer
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A superbly revealed dual biography, but one that feels aimed at older readers, even adults. It is both inspiring and informative and should be part of any artist’s collection.
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What Ollie Saw by Joukje Akveld
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This is a sheer delight on so many levels. First, Ollie is irresistible. The narrator’s voice captures Ollie’s point of view and attitude and resolute awareness of what he does and doesn’t see.
What he DOES see is worthy of the view and enriches his
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Banksy Graffitied Walls and Wasn't Sorry. by Fausto Gilberti
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It's fun to celebrate another title in the series of picture books written and illustrated by Fausto Gilberti. I featured some of the ..".AND WASN'T SORRY" titles in this series, HERE. In each case, his colorful, kid friendly picture books feature ac ...more
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