Next Stop Grand Central, by Maira Kalman

My friends, I apologize! I’ve been working from home for a long time now, ever since my daughter was born, and now that I’m working at the library, my cozy sitting-on-the-couch-with-my-computer time is severely limited! I haven’t written in a … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau, by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

I think it’s a record: three days after Christmas and I’ve packed up the tree. Now I love Christmas, love everything about it- singing carols, decorating the tree, doing the Christmas crafts with the kids, baking loads of cookies, the … Continue reading

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Today I’m thinking a lot about perspective. I’ve spent a lot of time in the last year worrying that this time of constant uprooting in our lives is detrimental, both to the kids and to me. My husband- meh, he’s … Continue reading

Mrs. Fox’s Wedding, by Sara and Stephen Corrin and illustrated by Errol Le Cain

One of my favorite things I’ve found in returning to Michigan, where I grew up, is that everyone here seems to have had a period in their lives where they’ve lived without water or electricity, where they hunkered down with … Continue reading

Young Frank Architect, by Frank Viva

I’ve always joked that I should make a category of “Uncle Jess” books, because some of our favorite treasures come from her. (Not him…Uncle Jess is indeed a woman and also my oldest friend, childhood neighbor, and somewhat distant cousin, … 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

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

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