The author of this blog is an educator, a Canadian living in the States, and a children’s literature buff.  She has a discerning taste in books that she’d like to inflict on others.

She is also the author of the picture book Salad Pie.

Update: When I started this blog, I was unsure about writing publicly, so I did it incognito. Today, the Internet world is different, and it’s important to know who is writing what you are reading. It lends credibility. So here’s my 100-word bio:

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of a picture book, Salad Pie (Ripple Grove Press, 2016). One of her humor pieces can be found in Emrys Journal Online, and she has fiction in The Emerson Review and Third Wednesday, an essay in Kvellerand microfiction forthcoming in Rune Bear. Connect @BooyTweets or at wendybooydegraaff.com.


44 Responses to About

  1. vgiordano says:

    Hi. I saw you liked my one blog post from http://vgiordano.wordpress.com/ . I was curious how you found it.
    I love the theme and work here on your blog. Keep up the great work!

  2. s0rceress0 says:

    I would really like to see recommendations about free childrens ebooks please! Thanks so much for taking an interest in literature.

  3. Keith Schoch says:

    Love your bio! The word “inflict” certainly rings true when considering my own propensity for bashing others over the head with what I feel are great books!

  4. Thanks for reading my blog and your comment. I’m very influenced by North American and Canadian writers – Carol Shields, Margaret Atwood, Anne Tyler and Suzanne Berne who I was lucky enough to have as a tutor on an Arvon Course here in the UK.

    • Hurray for the Canadian Margarets–Atwood and Laurence–and Alice Munro, too. Stone Diaries is on my “to read” list. It’s amazing to me to witness how a geographic place can influence what we have to say, which is why your blog interests me. I, for one, would also be interested in a post or two about Arvon.

  5. sandycarl says:

    No WONDER your humor shines through! A Candian, eh? Keep up the good reading… and sharing!

  6. Julie says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m so glad to find yours! You’ve got yourself a new follower. You also have very good taste in books! 🙂

    I was wondering if you could take a look at my MeeGenius contest entry and let me know what you think. Honest feedback is excellent. Thanks and looking forward to more of your posts!


  7. Julie says:

    P.S. You might be interested in a new blog series from author Susanna Leonard Hill called Perfect Picture Book Fridays.


  8. Great bio! 🙂 I’m an educator, an American living in Canada and a children’s literature buff. 🙂 I’d like to think my taste in books is discerning. Are you on GoodReads?

  9. marian says:

    what a great blog! Very informative and witty. I love your undercover approach. And I’m happy to hear that you still consider yourself a Canadian. I can’t believe you never told me about it before.
    happy new year!!!

  10. Hey! Congratulations! You entered a drawing for a signed ARC of ONE FOR THE MURPHYS and you won! Please contact me at lyndamullalyhunt@yahoo.com to give me your address and I’ll send it off to you. 😉 ~Lynda

  11. Love your blog! Glad you commented on mine so I could find you. 🙂 And nice use of the word “inflict” in your bio. 🙂

  12. I love your blog, Wendy. I am trying to figure out how to email subscribe to it, but can’t figure it out … lol. If I don’t see it in my email, I forget to check feeds … lol.

    I also need to look into how to submit book to you for review. Do you accept PDF submissions?


    PS: I figured how to get your future posts in my email. The little box at the bottom … lol. Artists! ;P

  13. sharann says:

    Love your blog! I’m homeschool mom of five using “real” books and “living” books to educate instead of text books and your blog is sure to be a wonderful resource. Thanks!

  14. sharann says:

    Dropping by again to let you know I like your blgo so much I added it a website I just made called, For the Love of Picture Books.com, under the Reviewers section of the Links page. 😀

  15. Linda C. says:

    Thank you for your informative blog. I enjoy reading your reviews and recommendations. Keep blogging.

    Happy New Year!
    Linda C. (http://survivingtothriving.wordpress.com/)

  16. exladyprof says:

    What a great Blog!
    Can I send you a copy of my book so that you might like it and review it? The media kit for my book is available on my blog:

    • You can send me a book but I can’t promise to review it. My reviews are highly personal and subjective, so I don’t review everything I get. I’d be happy to look at your book, though. After I read it, I may donate it to my local library.

  17. rnewman504 says:

    What a wonderful blog! Looking forward to reading more of your reviews.

  18. Just stumbled upon your blog. I was wondering if you might be interested in writing a guest blog for the Easyread Blog? Easyread is an online course for struggling elementary-aged readers, and we run a blog for parents with articles about literacy, parenting, book recommendations, child health…etc! I think our readers would love to hear from you. Let me know if you’re interested by shooting me an email.

  19. jgiambrone says:


    I have a brand new book, a YA post-apocalyptic thriller called Transfixion. I
    see you post YA book reviews. I can send an e-copy if you’re interested in what
    some are calling, “The Hunger Games meets The Walking Dead.”

    Much more info here:

    Thank you.
    J. Giambrone (author

    • J. Giambrone,
      Thanks for commenting, and congratulations on your book! Your book does sound interesting, although, I currently don’t accept reveiw copies from authors. It would just be too hard not to favourably review something that I got for free, and my idea for this blog is not so much reviewing everything but only putting up the books I love. Please feel free to post your promotion for your book on “Your Page” (you’ll see the tab under the magnolia), the spot on my blog I’ve created especially for authors and anyone who wants people to know about their book.
      All the best,

  20. Kim Tomsic says:

    I love your reading list. I just finished EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS–so good!!!! I’m glad we share a love of kid lit!

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