Monday, October 12, 2015

Getting Behind Picture Books

This year, the Carle Museum lost a great supporter.  Barbara "Bobbie" Carle was Eric Carle's partner in crime and cofounder of the Carle Museum.  Barbara had a long history in education and although I was too bashful to introduce myself, I was blessed with the opportunity to see this amazing woman in action at the Carle Gala in 2013.

The Carle also recently announced a new campaign.  #GetBehindPictureBooks asks you to take a picture with your favorite picture book and send it to their Facebook page.  I selected My Teacher is a Monster by Peter Brown because that is a picture book I can definitely get behind.

I can #GetBehindPictureBooks!

Recently, I have been reading some pretty spectacular books.  Here are some of my favorite picture books.

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith

Beautiful endpapers

Love wordless

Sweetness pulling at my heartstrings


The back endpapers

Sidewalk Flowers is a wordless book that just melted my heart.  A little girl and her father go for a walk through the neighborhood.  As they walk through their mostly black and white world, the girl stops to pick flowers growing on the sidewalk, side of the road, etc.  Just like every 5-ish year old, the little girl sees the magic behind sidewalk flowers.  She starts to give the flowers away, making the world around her just a little more beautiful.  I definitely want this one in my permanent collection and will be making space for it asap.



P. Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis









P. Zonka is not like the other hens. She doesn't want to sit around and lay eggs like all the other ladies of the roost.  She wants to wander around and see the world.  The other chickens don't like this and are constantly pressuring her to lay an egg.  After some adventures, she finally decides to give egg laying a whirl and she lays the most beautiful egg.  With a nod to the beautiful pysanka Ukranian Easter Eggs, P. Zonka will win your heart with her spirit.  (Also a good book to give to mothers/mothers-in-law who might be not-so-subtly suggesting you start to lay your own eggs. Hehe!)


Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won







Ok friends, you know I love hats.  So of course I was ready for yet another hat book.  Hooray for Hat! shows just the kind of magic a hat can bring to your day.  When all the animals are feeling a little grumpy, a box full of hats is just the thing to spread happiness around.  I love, and kids will love, that the book flips from horizontal to long vertical pages.  I definitely think you should throw your own Hooray for Hat party, complete with a conga line, after reading this book.

Coming soon...all the middle grade books I have devoured in the last 3 weeks! Right now I am waiting for my Grandma Pork Chops (Grandma Howe's famous recipe in honor of Canadian Thanksgiving!) and homemade applesauce to finish.  Then it is pumpkin carving time!  I love fall!


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Do This Book Stuff!

Alive!  Here are book events!

Boston Book Festival is coming!  October 23 - 24! Click here for more info.
Authors include: Louis Sachar, Molly Bang, The Steads, Matt de la Pena, Libba Bray, M.T. Anderson, Patricia Reilly Giff, Rebecca Stead, Andrew Smith.


Harvard Bookstore

Oct 7: Jason Segel presents his new kid's book, a sequel to his first book

Oct 21: Chelsea Clinton signs her first book for children and teens, It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired, Get Going!

Wellesley Bookstore

Oct 24: Story Hour Panel featuring 5 local children's authors: Nancy Tupper Ling, Josh Funk, Anna Staniszewski, Ammi-Joan Paquette and Jane Sutcliffe


Boston Public Library

Oct. 14: M.T. Anderson, author of Octavian Nothing, talks books and history


Cambridge Public Library

Nov 7: Cambridge has selected Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming as their Cambridge Reads book.  Listen to Ms. Woodson in person at the Central Library!


Barnes & Noble

Oct 20: Author Liz Kessler presents her book Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls at the Burlington Store

Oct 23: Picture book author David Moynihan presents his book Hiding Dinosaurs at the Burlington Store

An Unlikely Story

Oct 11: Picture book author Debra Sosin

Oct 13: YA author Diana Renn

Oct 17: Amulet (Graphic Novel) series author Kazu Kibuishi

Oct 18: Liz Kessler, author of Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls

Oct 23: Middle grade author Max Brallier


Oct 24: Picture book author team Carolyn Cory Scoppettone, and Priscilla Alpaugh

Eric Carle Museum
Oct 10: Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi made a book together and they can't wait to tell you all about it!

Oct 24: Author Marcus Ewert and illustrator Lisa Brown present their book Mummy Cat

Nov 7: Tomie dePaola is at the Carle!  It already sold out but you can get on a waiting list!