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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. “

To see the rest of our fairy tale collection, check out #littlelitbookseries on Instagram.


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!).

For a thoughtful collection of poetry, check out #littlelitbookseries on Instagram.


the swing

We’re back at it again—today is #littlelitbookseries, the poetry edition.  Having taken a poetics course years ago at the University of Barcelona, I am in awe of the linguistic artistry that is poetry.  It is truly an art form.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic poem The Swing was published awhile back as a board book and was illustrated by the incomparable Julie Morstad.  Her pictures have an enchanting beauty and litheness about them, and maybe that’s why they embody the wonder of childhood so deftly.

Wander over to these dreamy accounts and check out their poetic picks for #littlelitbookseries on Instagram.


little lit book series: art edition

A happy day.  It’s time for #littlebookseries, the art edition.

Twelve children’s book illustrators answer the question “What’s Your Favorite Animal?” with a collection of funny and insightful drawings, paintings, stories and poetry.  The notable group of illustrators includes Eric Carle, Nick Bruel, Lucy Cousins, Susan Jeffers, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, Tom Lichtenheld, Peter McCarty, Chris Raschka, Peter Sís, Lane Smith, Erin Stead, Rosemary Wells and Mo Willems.  Enjoyable and endearing to read.

Do check out the other children’s art books that are being shared today by this wonderful group on Instagram using #littlelitbookseries.


little lit book series: love and friendship edition

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing books about love and friendship for this month’s #littlelitbookseries.

Brimsby's Hats, by Andrew Prahin, is a sweet wintry tale about friendship.  Brimbsy, a hat maker, has a great best friend who moves far away one day to pursue his dream of becoming a sea captain.  Eventually feeling alone and lonely, Brimsby attempts to befriend some nearby birds who seem to be too preoccupied to strike up a new friendship.  Then, with one thoughtful and resourceful gesture, he helps them solve a major problem and makes friends for life.  I love how this story teaches children about creativity, compassion and friendship.  This is Andrew Prahin’s first children’s book.

The Smallest Girl in The Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts and Christian Robinson is such a gem.  You probably wouldn’t notice Sally McCabe since she’s the smallest girl in the smallest grade. But ever-observant, she notices you, everyone and everything.  She sees kids being pushed, teased and insulted at school.  One day, she puts her foot down and demonstrates a monumental act of kindness and courage that changes everything.  Sally teaches us that looking out for someone’s well-being is an important part of being a good friend even if it means taking a risk and putting yourself out there. That’s what today’s kids need to learn. Because how else will they leave their mark and make this a kinder society?  Maybe we should look to the Sally McCabes of the world to show us how.

Eager to see everyone else’s picks?  Search for #littlelitbookseries on Instagram.