Monthly Archives: September 2011

Little Mouse’s Big Secret

Little Mouse had his, here’s mine…I haven’t washed my travel coffee mug in three weeks. Also, I hid a pair of shoes at Nordstrom Rack last night just in case I want to go back this weekend and buy them. And I keep a copy of Go, Dog. Go! on my bedside table. I guess […]

One Boy

Laura Vaccaro Seeger I would imagine books with holes in them are tricky in homes where small children live and rule the kingdom. Even I can’t resist grabbing the page to poke right through it. The design of this book just begged me to pick it up and read it. And carry it to the […]

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Image source. More about the book here. Amos McGee was an early riser. Every morning when the alarm clock clanged, he swung his legs out of bed and swapped his pajamas for a fresh-pressed uniform. Well, I’m a sucker for elephants. Especially on a rainy, sleepy Sunday. So this book, A Sick Day For Amos […]


Wave is a sunny, sandy, and sweet story about this little bit at the beach. Oh yeah, and there are no words. Suzy Lee is a master of the wordless picture book. Shadow and Mirror are equally as beautiful. One of the great things about wordless books is that it doesn’t take a lot of extra printing […]

The Lion and the Mouse

Jerry Pinkney has been illustrating children’s books since 1964.  1964! That’s 47 whole years of creating art for children.  And he’s gotten much deserved recognition as well…5 Caldecott Honor Medals, a Caldecott medal, 5 Coretta Scott King Awards, 4 Coretta Scott King Honor awards, and the esteem of many, many professional organizations for illustrators.  As […]

Press Here

Press Here at Chronicle Books And check out Herve Tullet’s website here. You might be slightly more successful if you can read French, but everyone can read pretty pictures, and you’ll see plenty. He’s an art agency director and magazine illustrator, and has some very interesting and beautiful work over there. Ready?  Press here and […]

Art & Max

David Wiesner Well…you could paint me. David Wiesner has won THREE Caldecott Medals.  THREE!  I think I won three dollars once from a scratch off lotto ticket.  My all time favorite of his books is June 29, 1999. And confession:  when I was a librarian, I took it home for a week so no kids could […]

The Curious Garden

The Peter Brown Studio A while back, I tweeted this: It’s true.  This book immediately jumped off the shelf at me because of the colors on the cover.  I LOVE the desaturated tones and vintage feel of the art.  But before I get ahead of myself, let’s talk about that story that buttonhooked me. Little […]

Along a Long Road

This book is such a stylistic and visual wonder.  It is so refined and yet loud!  I just love it. Frank Viva’s site for Along A Long Road Along a long road Going up Around  a small town and down There is so much to be excited about in this book. From the front flap, […]

Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated)

Welcome!  Since my intention here is to celebrate the design of the picture book, I thought I would start with a favorite.  Molly Leach, who is married to illustrator Lane Smith, is the designer of my all time favorite, The Stinky Cheese Man.  She designed this quirky and sweet story written by Florence Parry Heide, […]