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  • READ: Check out my children’s book reviews and browse through my twelve top picture book illustrations each month. Hopefully, I’ll help you save time hunting for great books to share with your child.

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Children's Book Recommendations

Fade to White by Tara K. Ross

Fade to White is an exceptional young adult novel. Author, Tara K. Ross has a beautiful writing style that drew me in from the first page. I love her character’s humor and honesty in relating the difficult topic of living with a mental illness. Aside from the typical teenage insecurities, Thea has severe anxiety issues, panic attacks, and pulls her hair out to release stress. Her anxious thoughts multiply after reading about the death and suicide of a classmate.

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Let's Dance by Valerie Bolling / Illustrated by Maine Diaz (picture book)

Every page of Let’s Dance is delightful and invites participation. Clap, tap and twirl through the pages! Valerie Bolling captures the essence of each dance from many different cultures in fun, musical words that flow in perfect rhythm. The illustrations are gorgeous and fit each style of dance perfectly.

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Wink by Rob Harrell (middle grade)

Wink is a book that touched my heart. I enjoyed the humor and blinked back a few tears from tender scenes created by the author, Rob Harrell. As a seventh grader, Ross has enough teenage angst to deal with before finding out he has eye cancer. He wants to fit in with his peers, blend in with everyone normal, but the eye treatments force him to stand out. Just when he thinks he couldn’t be more embarrassed, another side effect pops up to draw more attention his way.

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Taste Your Words by Bonnie Clark / Illustrated by Todd Bright / Picture Book

Taste Your Words is a delightful story with hilarious illustrations. After Amera and her friend argue and share some mean words, Amera’s mom suggests she tastes her words before letting them out of her mouth. From that moment, Amera tastes everything she says. Her mean words fill her mouth with yucky flavors like pickle juice and rotten eggs. But when she realizes nice words taste yummy like chocolate or sweet oranges, she is encouraged to be kinder and think before she speaks.

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Gabby Makes a Friend by Chris Elle Dove / Illustrated by Sofie Schollaert (Picture book)

Gabby Makes a Friend is a wonderful story of friendship between two very different characters, Gabby, the Golden Retriever and Katie, the caterpillar. From the first day the puppy meets this little Katie, they quickly become best friends and enjoy playing together until the day Katie disappears for a while. No matter how different they are or how they change, their friendship remains the same.

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Great-Grandma's Gifts by Marianne Jones (Picture Book)

Great-Grandma’s Gifts is a charming picture book with sweet, colorful, childlike illustrations. Arlene had her mother’s talent for sewing. When she grew up, Arlene shared her gift with her children, and later with their children, by the many wonderful things she was able to make for them. This is a great book to teach children appreciation for the elderly and remind them that their grandparents were young once too.

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The Imaginaries by Emily Winfield Martin (Middle-grade)

This unique book for tweens leaves stories for the imagination on every illustrated page. Emily Winfield Martin describes her paintings as “illustrations for stories that didn’t exist.” In The Imaginaries, she has collected her paintings throughout the years and united them with short, poetic thoughts.

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Her Shining Eyes by Jeanette Morris (Middle-Grade Fiction)

Irina’s young, teenage life changes instantly when her sick mother is sentenced to jail time and she is dropped off at a boarding school. Although she faces many challenges, Irina holds onto her dream of becoming a professional violinist until a bully steals her violin and leaves her hopeless.

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That Pesky Dragon by Julie Sykes (Picture Book)

“Izzy’s dad had a farm. And on that farm, there was a herd of cows…a flock of sheep…some chickens…two dogs…three cats…and a dragon.” The fire-breathing dragon causes chaos on the farm; his breath hard-boils eggs and turns their cow’s milk to yogurt. And he won’t go away.

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Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton (Picture Book)

Russell the sheep can’t sleep. What will he do? The simple text is witty and adorable to match the illustrations. The hilarious details on each page are captivating. Russell is the cutest, fluffiest insomniac. The perfect story to snuggle with at bedtime. A+++ from me.

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About About
Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. I want this to be a fun place for you to visit, where you can find great children’s books and ideas to inspire and showcase your child’s creativity. I’m an author and illustrator who graduated from FIT in Manhattan with a major in illustration. I believe books and art go together like the classic PB & J. I love both and couldn’t have one without the other. A jelly sandwich? No way. Blogging about books without including art? No, thanks. Wouldn’t taste right. So, here you can have it all. Enjoy.

While you are here, you can click the link and visit my author website to learn more about my published books, stories, and poems. I’m in the process of editing my second novel, hopefully ready to be published this year. Any updates will appear in the newsletter with balloons. You can also check out my book Randi's Steps on Amazon.

Now that you know what’s happening here at Doodle Stories, I’ll share a bit about me. I grew up in the town of Mount Sinai, New York, on the north shore of Long Island with my wonderful parents, one sister, and cats. My dad is an amazing portrait artist, winning too many awards to count. His father was a writer who had a column in the local newspaper. I like to think I inherited their gifts or at least a portion. While I was in art school, I met my husband, a graduate from the School of Visual Arts. His mom was an artist too. We had five kids who I homeschooled for ten years and now are grown and pursuing artistic careers. I have written close to 250 short stories and poems, been published in magazines and anthologies, and self-published a middle-grade novel that was a contest finalist. My writing has earned some awards, but I don’t want to bore you with all that. When I’m not reading or writing, I love tennis, bike riding, and playing trivia games with my family at the dinner table. 

Thanks for visiting! Come back soon.

Frances Judge


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  • I invite children 16 and under to submit their artwork to the gallery for the monthly topic for free. 
  • This form should be filled out by a parent, legal guardian, or a teacher with signed consent. 
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Artwork submitted should be appropriate for all ages. I, Frances Judge, reserve the right to reject a submission if I find it not suitable for this children's art gallery.




Children's Art Gallery

June 2020

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