Because I said so!
Uh, no, this is the book, Mama Why? by Karma Wilson (illus. by Simon Mendez), McElderry, 2011
The poet in me loves the rhythm in this gentle story of how snow comes from stardust. It's a sweet, bedtime read aloud. And polar bears! Who doesn't love polar bears? They're Pie's favorite - in fact, this book was hard to get away from her so I could read it on my own.
I did find some rhymes a bit too convenient (there/bear; moonlight/so bright), but the story flows, floats almost like snow drifting down from the evening sky.
The illustrations are ethereal, warm and glowy. Worth studying.
I first "met" Karlin when she asked to do an author interview on the release of my first book, Halloween Good Night. Of course I had to follow suit (i.e., steal her excellent idea!) to celebrate the release of her second book, An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth.
Poetry Month is coming to a close, and with it I'll share five Zolotow picture book classics. Books like these are "out of style" in current publishing, which is a shame. I'd much rather read Flock of Birds over and over than books about crazy hair or farting dogs.
As we continue to celebrate poetry, I continue to study picture books. I don't think I could count how many I've absorbed in the past years. Oodles? Oodles of oodles? A lot.
In honor of National Poetry Month, I'll be sharing some of my favorite poetic picture books. Beautiful, vivid, delightful reads. Here are five by Cynthia Rylant, an amazingly prolific author with an insane diversity of titles to her name.
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A round-up of recent favorite Halloween picture books!
Our family loves books. And I mean LOVES books. So below I've compiled a short list of our personal favorites. The books we have read and re-read until the covers fell off, then bought new copies to read again. Some are classics, ones I grew up with. Others are new.
All the cutest Valentine's Day picture books! Ok, a few of the cutest. First up, Shape of My Heart. Valentine's Day and shapes. I enjoyed the illustrations immensely and liked the educational content. This would be a household favorite, I think, though I found myself wishing...
Three recent 2015 picture book releases read by ... me!
In this house we read a lot, especially picture books. I'm sure it has nothing to do with having a three-year-old and a sweet little baby.