Orlando the Marmalade Cat: A Trip Abroad, by Kathleen Hale

I have the good fortune this week of having the opportunity to raid the bookshelves of my former charges from my nannying days almost 15 years ago. Holy flying time! I’ve been coming across some old favorites (Oh, hello Eloise. Ooooh, I … Continue reading

A Time to Keep, the Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays

Happy New Year! I know we’re already a week and a half into 2014, I’m kind of in the weeds still. The east coast storm and subsequent airport cancellations kept us in Michigan a little longer than expected, and when … Continue reading

Paddle-to-the-Sea, by Holling Clancy Holling

I’ve lived in the mountains, and I’ve lived on the ocean, but I’m a Great Lakes girl at heart. I’m writing this post from my childhood bedroom almost a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan. It’s the first Christmas I’ve spent … Continue reading

Adèle & Simon, by Barbara McClintock

I remember being a little girl and climbing onto the kitchen counter to watch my big brother out the window walking down the long driveway to wait for the school bus. I remember that feeling of being left behind, of … Continue reading

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, by Ian Falconer

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I rarely recommend books that are commercially successful, series-type books. Please don’t get me wrong- we have Little Creature, Berenstain Bears, and Little Golden Books spilling out of our shelves and my kids, like most … Continue reading

A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women, by Lynne Cheney

I’m a little late to the party, I know. It’s already the end of March and I’m just now getting around to doing a post celebrating women in history. Sometimes I’m on top of things and sometimes I’m not. Anyhow, … Continue reading

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, by William Joyce

So there’s apparently a lot of backstory to The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore– that the book was written and then an iPad app created and a short film put out that won an Academy award- ironically all … Continue reading

Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat, by Susanna Reich

I once was accused of being a francophile, as though I ought to be ashamed of being enamored with all things French- like I shouldn’t admire their style, romance, and sophistication. If the intention was to insult me, it wasn’t … Continue reading

Ten Favorite Alternative Princess Picture Books

First of all, I’d like to say Happy Hinamatsuri, which is Girls’ Day in Japan (and by extension, Hawaii). Every March 3rd, girls are honored and their health and happiness prayed for, and beautiful dolls are displayed to represent emperors … Continue reading

Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on Love, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

I don’t understand the indignation surrounding Valentine’s Day. Sure Hallmark is laughing all the way to the bank, but the very core of the holiday is sharing love. Why would we miss any occasion to say “I love you”? Doesn’t … Continue reading

Henri’s Walk to Paris, by Leonore Klein and Saul Bass

I’m going to start by saying that I kind of want to rip out each page of Henri’s Walk to Paris and frame them all on my wall. The illustrations are by noted graphic designer Saul Bass, who created title sequences … Continue reading

The Tomten and the Fox, by Astrid Lindgren

When I was a little girl, I was utterly enamored with Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking. She was feisty and strong and yet compassionate, and for a small town girl, she was a fascinating and adventurous character. Of course, when I … Continue reading