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little lit book series: women's history month

We’ve been looking forward to March for some time now.  It’s Women's History Month and we’re sharing books about extraordinary women today on #littlelitbookseries.

"Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?"  Jane Austen needs no introduction.  She "had a gift for social observation and a sharp eye for human folly."  Her significant contributions shaped the literary landscape of her time—and beyond—and she paved the way for other women writers.  This absolutely lovely illustrated biography about her gives us details about her life and the world she lived in.

Be sure to seek out the other books in this series about other women with exceptional talents in their fields: Virginia Woolf, Coco Chanel and Frida Kahlo.  Library of Luminaries: Jane Austen: An Illustrated Biography was written by Zena Alkayat, illustrated by Nina Cosford and published by Chronicle Books.

Stop by @littlelitbookseries for more books about extraordinary women throughout the month and see what everyone else is sharing today on Instagram by searching the hashtag #littlelitbookseries.


little lit book series: books about mail

February’s theme is mail for #littlelitbookseries.  The art of correspondence.  Concerned about her Great-Aunt Josephine being too lonely, Sadie decides to send her a "care package."  A pretty sizable one—an ELEPHANT!  She thinks her aunt "could really use the company."  Sadie encounters some obvious obstacles along the way but remains undeterred and determined.  Heartfelt, funny and completely thoughtful.

Special Delivery was written by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Matthew Cordell and published by Roaring Brook Press.

Be sure to check in at @littlelitbookseries to see what other titles we're reading throughout the month.  And search the hashtag #littlelitbookseries on Instagram to see which epistolary tales our group sharing today.



Sharing Christoph Niemann’s WORDS over on @littlelitbookseries—don’t miss it and the other cleverness we’re sharing for this month’s theme of words and word play.


little lit book series: the family edition

We're sharing books on the theme of family in this month's #littlelitbookseries.

“Their little red car seemed to muster all of its courage as it waited outside, ready for the road.”  Stuck in their car in a torrential downpour on a trip home, Francie and her mother talk about what they will name her baby sister when she's born.  They run through different possibilities, with none of them feeling like a good fit.  But later a significant moment comes when her mother comes up with just the right name, one that Francie will remember forever.

We love how Bob Graham sets the scene with not just what's happening with the protagonists of the story.  He expands his narrative and paints a picture of the environment and other people in it, all part of the bigger picture, just like in our lives.  There is our narrative—the moments that string together to make up the course of our lives—and how that all fits into  the world around us.  Our story becomes a part of everyone else's story.  A beautiful reminder that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves.

Home in the Rain is by Bob Graham and published by Walker Books.


little lit book series has a new home + giveaway

One of the marks of a good book is its power to instill a sense of wonder in its readers.  Wonder is the theme we’re exploring in this month’s #littlelitbookseries.  If you’re new to #littlelitbookseries, we are a group of teachers, librarians, artists and writers who share books on a certain theme every month.  We share beloved classics and fresh new works whose words and images have engaged and inspired us, and we hope they do the same for you.

Also, this month marks the one-year anniversary of #littlelitbookseries!  In celebration, we're hosting an INTERNATIONAL giveaway with three lucky winners on Instagram.  Head over to our new account on Instagram, @littlelitbookseries.