Category Archives: Children’s Books

April 14

Children’s Books I Hate (And My Son Loves)

When we visit the children’s room of the library, I gravitate toward the shelf of Caldecott winners: those inventively written and gorgeously illustrated books that I often remember from my own childhood. But ever since he’s had the power to move around independently, my son has toddled elsewhere. I know nothing about children’s book publishing, but there’s a class of […]

March 14

Black History Month and Everything After

I have a two year old, and he has a ridiculous library of picture books. Even so, we go each week to the public library.  In February, the children’s section featured a display of books for Black History Month. There were picture books that discussed important events in African American history, including the horrifying history […]

January 17

Speechless: Part II

When I heard Lynne was writing a post about wordless picture books, I knew I had to write a piggy-back post.  I fell in love with wordless picture books when my girls were old enough to handle books but a long way from being able to memorize and recite them.  While board books and picture […]

January 16

Speechless

Sometimes, when I’m reading aloud to my three-year-old, especially if it’s something I’ve read ten thousand times before, I’ll go the teeniest, tiniest bit into autopilot. So while I’m saying this— I would not like them here or there. I would not like them anywhere. I do not like green eggs and ham. I do […]

December 12

Hunkering Down with Holiday Picture Books

Down in our basement, along with the Christmas ornaments and tree skirt and advent calendars and various other household decorations, we keep a very special box labeled “Christmas Books.”  A while back, I decided that this stash would go away for eleven months of the year so that come December, these books would feel fresh […]

November 30

What Ann’s Reading Now: My Little House Project

The odd thing about following a passion to graduate school is that at some point you realize your deepest love has become your work. While this seems, and is, ideal, you also begin to lose touch with why it is your passion in the first place. At some point during graduate school, I forgot what […]

November 20

Giddy to Talk Kids’ Books

As a compulsive book buyer who likes to maintain a relatively uncluttered household, there are few things I love more than getting recommendations about books that will be worthy of taking up prime bookshelf real estate.  So when I saw that my local bookstore, Prairie Lights, was hosting a talk about children’s book recommendations, I […]