T is for Thursday

Found this beautiful children’s book at my local used bookstore.

Very specific, isn’t it? The illustrations are clever and bright. The spine isn’t broken in yet. It must have sat neglected for a long time, maybe it was a gift. At half off the cover price it’s an orphan no longer.


The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill

“She was eleven, after all. She was both even and odd. She was ready to be many things at once—child, grown-up, poet, engineer, botanist, dragon. The list went on.”

I love magical realism, coming of age novels, fairytales, poetry. If you do too here’s a must read. I enjoyed every bit of it.


A Man and his Owl

A discarded children’s book I came upon. The cover promised amusement but I’m not so sure.

Maybe you had to be there.

On Bedtime Stories

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“You know who my gods are, who I believe in fervently? Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson — she’s probably the top — Mozart, Shakespeare, Keats. These are wonderful gods who have gotten me through the narrow straits of life.” -Maurice Sendak author and illustrator

I adore children’s books. The tactile experience of handling a book, sharing a story, taking in the illustrations, warm snuggles before falling asleep it’s easily a highlight in my daily routine. I don’t mind an e-reader for my own use but when it’s story time with Oliva it has to be a page turner, literally. Anything involving Maurice Sendak’s work is preferable.

Do you like e-readers? Do you have a favorite childhood author/illustrator?

Meet Lola Chicken

Lola Chicken
Loufane Gladys Rosa-Mendoza, November 2005

Oliva and I love this new bilingual picture book we found. It’s a simple story about a complicated chicken named Lola.

“For the first time in her life, Lola was alone. But where should she go? Over the hill to another farm…or into the deep, dark woods? ‘Now it’s my turn to choose!’ said Lola.”

Be true to yourself is the moral. Gorgeous vibrant illustrations help tell this sweet love story. The ending even has an unexpected twist. If you’re looking for quality bilingual picture books that are sure to be treasured for years to come add this to your collection and check out these two as well: