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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.

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how the sun got to coco's house

Here's another pick from January’s #littlelitbookseries.  This month, we featured some of the exceptional children’s books published in 2015.  How The Sun Got To Coco's House by Bob Graham is among the lot.

"It had to start somewhere.  While Coco slept far away, the sun crept up slowly behind a hill, paused for a moment and seemed to think twice...before it plunged down the other side and skidded giddily across the water."  Follow the sun's glorious trek to Coco's house and catch a glimpse of the lives and paths it intersects along the way.   Beautiful, lilting prose from Australian author/illustrator Bob Graham and an ingenious and engaging way to depict a quotidian event.  One of my favorites from 2015.  

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This month, #littlelitbookseries is all about the most outstanding children's books of 2015.

Float is most definitively one of the best children's books published in 2015.  Daniel Miyares' wordless picture book shows how much emotion and storyline can be encapsulated and expressed through visual elements alone.  You can see and feel the boy's thoughts and intentions almost as well as the texture of all that glorious water and rain.  Bravo @danielmiyaresdoodles!  We are fans of your work for life.

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