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Today we bring you the summer edition of #littlelitbookseriesWave is a wordless wonder about the exuberant conversation between a girl and a wave on a sunny day.  Suzy Lee's illustrations, rendered in charcoal and acrylics, are imbued with expression and life.  Her books are worth seeking out, if you haven't had a chance to experience them yet.

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little lit book series: summer edition

Elisha Cooper’s Beach is summer encapsulated in his characteristic lovely and poetic watercolors.  For today’s #littlelitbookseries, we’re celebrating the upcoming warm and lax season of summer, the time where the pace of life slows down even just a little bit and we have more moments to sit and reflect on all that’s happened so far in the year.

“Away to the beach!  Away to sand and salt water, to rolling dunes and pounding waves.  Away to swimsuits and sunscreen, to lying on towels and listening to the sound of the ocean.  As the day begins, the beach is empty, waiting to be filled.“

Elisha Cooper on Beach: “I did most of the drawings for this book on Lake Michigan. Our home in Chicago was near the lake, and I’d go there with my daughters to play and swim, and sketch bathers. Since there are salty aspects to beaches, I flew back East and sketched seaweed and crabs. I remembered beaches I loved when I was young, from Fire Island to Cape Hatteras. Then I put all these sketches together into one summer day at the beach. So the beach in this book looks like the Hamptons but has Midwestern roots (the lighthouse here is at the head of the Chicago River). Even a city beach has details that make a beach a beach: sand, seagulls, and bathers in funny swimsuits.”

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a wolf's tale

We are sharing fairy tales this month for #littlelitbookseries.

Technically, A Wolf's Tale is a folk tale, not a fairy tale per se, but I thought it be a good one to share.  In the story, the great-great-great grandson of the infamous big bad wolf tries to crash a party at a brick house in Pig City.  But his reputation precedes him and he stands at the door trying to convince a bunch of pigs to let him in (sound familiar?!).  This one is a folk tale for the next generation. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Fairy tales abound this month for #littlelitbookseries and we have quite a few to share.

The age-old story of Cinderella needs no introduction—this edition is retold by Cynthia Rylant with art by Mary Blair, who painted the original pictures for Disney’s animated film.

“Cynthia Rylant’s stories about hardscrabble lives have won not only awards and honors, but hearts.  Who better to take a young girl from the darkness of her garret room to the the light and brilliance of a ballroom?  Together these two great artists have created a Cinderella that is breathtaking, heartrending, and joyous—both for those who are coming to the tale for the very first time and for those who know it well. “

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the new kid on the block

#littlelitbookseries is all about poetry this month.

The New Kid on the Block belongs to a five-part anthology of poetry by Jack Prelutsky, the nation's first Children's Poet Laureate, and is illustrated by James Stevenson.  It is filled with Jack Prelutsky's ingenious wordplay, outlandish ideas and hilarious characters.  The beauty of poetry is that it is full of rich language and rare words that are so important for kid to learn, but are delivered in engaging ways that resonate with them.  And we know that what kids enjoy tends to stay with them.  Everyone needs at least one Jack Prelutsky book in their library for rainy days (and sunny ones!).

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