Book #214: Everyone Poops

Everyone Poops -- Japanese

Note: I’ve linked this book to Taro Gomi’s other illustrious favorite, Everyone Farts, since there is no apparent link to this book.  You can navigate your way to this book from there.   Taro Gomi has written and illustrated hundreds of books for children.  A few of them, including Everyone Poops, have made it into […]

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Book #213: Squid and Octopus

Squid & Octopus -- hug

Tao Nyeu silkscreens some of her work using water-based ink and colored pencil. I think the colors and details really shine, but it’s the writing that cracks me up. There’s something very funny about an octopus and squid being the best of friends, don’t you agree? I love this illustration. All those arms.     […]

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Book #212: I Love You, Stinky Face

I love you stinky face -- skunk

This is one of those books that you can read to a broad age range and it never really gets old (at least for the kids). I started out with the intent to read this book to my two-year-olds, but soon enough my son, who is in kindergarten, was asking for it, too. Repeatedly. I […]

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Book #211: Listen to the Wind (The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea

Listen to the Wind -- cover

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Book #210: Once Upon a Memory

Once Upon a Memory -- cover

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Book #209: Miss Rumphius

Miss Rumphius -- elderly

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Book #208: Bear and Bee

Bear and Bee -- Stead's commentary

I’ve been following Philip Stead’s blog for a while now, and I must say I really love it. He has wonderful taste in children’s books, and I’ve posted quite a few of his favorites without really giving him the proper attribution. Philip Stead, by the way, wrote A Home for Bird, and his wife did […]

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Book #207: Play, Mozart, Play

Play Mozart,  Play -- cover

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Book #206: A Trip to the Bottom of the World

A Trip to the Bottom of the World -- Cover

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Book #205: George Flies South

George Flies South -- in his nest

From 2011 by Simon James, here’s a little story about the power of mother’s love. I love a good story about the power of mother’s love, by the way.  Show me a Runaway Bunny or Are You My Mother and I’ll show you a happy reader (or writer). Ever seen Hazel’s Amazing Mother by Rosemary […]

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Book #204: The Snow Leopard

Leo The Snow Leopard -- cover

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Book #203: Here Comes the Garbage Barge

Here Comes the Garbage Barge -- cover

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Book #202: Who Needs Donuts

Who Needs Donuts -- cover

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Book #201: Hopper and Wilson

Hopper and Wilson -- cover

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Book #200: Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln

Stand Tall Abe Lincoln -- reading to kids

Due to various writing deadlines and a deluge through our roof this past week, I have been unable to meet my daily book quota. This causes me no small amount of anxiety, as I’ve become quite passionate about my Book-A-Day blog. I’m starting with today’s post and will fill in the blanks as time allows. […]

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Book #199: Ghosts in the House

Ghosts in the House -- cover

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Book #198: It Jes’ Happened

It Jes Happened -- cover

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Book #197: Frederick

Frederick -- colors

A friend of mine recently shared some of her favorite picture books with me, and I was delighted to revisit Frederick, by Leo Lionni, after all these years. It’s from 1973. Mice have been on my mind lately, too, since yesterday morning I found a baby one trapped in a quarter-full glass of milk on […]

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Book #196: Northwest Passage

Northwest Passage -- cover

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Book #195: The Maggie B.

The Maggie B -- canopy

Of this book, Elizabeth Bird, the children’s librarian at the New York Public Library, writes, “It’s not exactly a household name…but those familiar with it or that grew up with it will defend it with their lives.” This is a story of a wish come true. Margaret Barnstable wished on a star one night — […]

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Book #194: The World is Waiting for You

The World is Waiting for You -- mountain pool

If you’re tired of the old pen-and-ink situation, here’s National Geographic’s answer to Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, with gorgeous photographs and a soaring exhortation to get out there and divide and conquer. So to speak.  I’ll have to remind my son that I have no desire to ever see him sky dive or […]

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Book #193: Duck, Death and the Tulip

duck death and the tulip -- warming death

This weird and slightly disturbing little story comes out of Germany, from 2007. The first American edition was published in 2011 by Gecko Press, a publishing house known for their “curiously good books.” I don’t know what to make of this book, and I’m not smart enough to write a profound literary commentary about how […]

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Book #192: How Big Were Dinosaurs?

How Big were Dinosaurs -- elephants

Great piece for understanding the size of the dinosaurs, by Lita Judge, published in 2013.                                     Previous          Click here to read Book #193

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Book #191: Ouch!

Ouch -- cover

Great non-fiction piece from 1991…                   Previous          Click here to read Book #192

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