Christmas Book Roundup

Instead of a regular book review today, it feels like a good day to share some of my favorite Christmas books. There are childhood favorites, ones I regularly reread now, and ones that are both of those. I don't know many new ones, so I'd love recommendations on your favorite Christmas/holiday books. So, without further... Continue Reading →

Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for SalBy Robert McCloskeyPublished 1948 The theme for this blog is “for the love of books, old and new” because books are beautiful. The only blogging issue is that there are so many fantastic new books it’s hard to chose which ones to cover, and thus I haven’t been featuring many old favorites. To... Continue Reading →

I Really Want the Cake

I Really Want the CakeWords by Simon PhilipArt by Lucia GaggiottiPublished 2017 Cake is delicious.Cake is irresistibleCake is off-limits...Well, supposed to be off-limits... A little girl has a cake tempting her with its yummy smell and beautiful decorations, but mom said no. So she tries to walk away, pay attention somewhere else. She truly tries... Continue Reading →

I’m a Duck!

I'm a Duck!Story and pictures by Teri SloatPublished 2006 I'm a Duck follows a mallard drake from being born to finding a mate. Told in rhyme, it celebrates his joy in his webbed feet, wings, and everything else about being a duck. Though most of the book he's an adult duck, the sense of wonder... Continue Reading →

Water Is Water

Water Is WaterWords by Miranda PaulIllustrated by Jason ChinPublished 2015 Water is water... unless it's not.In beautiful, sparse poetry we follow a pair of siblings through the year. From early summer rains to foggy autumn to snowy winter and muddy spring, the children experience the water cycle. I'm sure most of us have read about... Continue Reading →

When Stella Was Very, Very Small

When Stella Was Very, Very SmallWords and art by Marie-Louise GayPublished 2009 When Stella was very small things seemed huge and unfamiliar. Words were like ants, the sandbox like a desert, the couch as big as a mountain. But now that Stella is big things are different. Words are readable, she can take care of... Continue Reading →

Sophie’s Squash

Sophie's SquashWords by Pat Zietlow MillerIllustrated by Anne WilsdorfPublished 2013 This is one of the books I wish I’d found long before. I love it now, but I know it would have been nearly read to breaking by now if we had it 7-8 years ago. Sophie is a young girl who finds a squash,... Continue Reading →

Where’s My Mummy?

Where's My Mummy?Words by Carolyn CrimiIllustrated by John MandersPublished 2008 Where’s My Mummy is a rhythmic story about a little baby mummy who wants to play hide-and-seek with his mama mummy. The story is simple, he runs to hide but when he can’t find mama he looks and instead finds his neighbors, but it grabs... Continue Reading →

Julia’s House

By Ben Hatke This is a twofer because, much to my delight, one of our family favorites - Julia’s House for Lost Creatures - has a sequel. Julia is a young girl who lives in a traveling house that sits on the back of a giant turtle. It’s too quiet all alone in her big... Continue Reading →

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