Book #10: The Scrambled States of America

Generally, I don’t like goofy, cartoony books.  I know, I’m a stodgy old stick-in-the mud and I’m snotty about high literature besides, but sometimes you just have to cave into the silly.  Plus the idea and its execution is so clever that you can’t… Continue reading

Book #9: Knuffle Bunny

First of all, I’d like to apologize in advance for the quality of these reproductions.  Mo Willems would probably have me killed if he saw what I have done with his beautiful drawings-over-photographs, but I am a new blogger, so this is about as… Continue reading

Book #8: Corduroy

Look at Corduroy.  How can you resist that little face?  Don Freeman’s Corduroy has been around since 1968 and still continues to sell.  It’s hard to believe the story was first rejected by his own publisher (eventually they took it). This uncomplicated story is… Continue reading

Book #7: Babar

It has colonialist and racist undertones, this is true.  It’s also marvelous.  But only when your child is ready for this traumatic opening: Babar is riding happily on his mother’s back when a wicked hunter, hidden behind some bushes, shoots at them.  The hunter… Continue reading

Book #6: Where the Wild Things Are

I know, I know.  I had planned a different book for today, but when Ray asked for the wild things, how could I say no?  I hadn’t read it to him in years, and this was a favorite when he was three. This book… Continue reading

Book #5: Happy Birthday Moon

A bear buys a top hat for the moon.  He hangs it in a tree until the moon moves toward it, as if to try it on.  Can you even stand it?  Frank Asch has written a number of books about this little bear,… Continue reading

Book #4: Rotten Ralph

Jack Gantos has published a lot of material for both children and young adults, and he’s won numerous awards, but at the end of the day I still like the Rotten Ralph books the best.  The crazy-looking illustrations with the messed up perspective, the… Continue reading

Book #3: Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock

The premise of this book is so peculiar that you wouldn’t imagine it being such a hit with small children. But this was my go-to when I had to substitute a class at the elementary school while their teacher was undergoing the breathalyzer test… Continue reading

Book #2: Millions of Cats

Not every book will have a medal on the front of it, but Ray was in a feline kind of mood today, so here was today’s choice. Hundreds of cats Thousands of cats Millions and billions and trillions of cats. Who doesn’t find this… Continue reading

Book #1: One Morning in Maine

I am going to try and read an illustrated children’s book to our son every day, 365 days a year, right after we complete violin practice.  What the hell.  We’re alone together  at this time, and for now I’ve given out so many skittles… Continue reading