Monthly Archives: December 2012

Over and Under the Snow

by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal Settle in for a bit. This book will warm your soul. Absolutely zero snow falls in southern California this time of year, or any time of year really, but this book makes me feel like I am deep in the middle of a winter wonderland. Kate Messner’s words […]

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

Fridays were ice cream days. And after lunch every Friday, one class of six year olds came to the library. Jack always, always, had chocolate smeared across his face. Always. He was adorable. Bright, funny, kind, and everything wonderful about the world wrapped up into a six year old package. When I saw him around […]

Sky High

by Germano Zullo, illustrated by Albertine (Originally published as Les Gratte-Ciel in Switzerland in 2011.) This book was just published in the US in late November, but I have had my claws on it since this summer. I know. But! It’s so fantastic that I didn’t think it was fair to show it until you […]

Oh No, Little Dragon!

by Jim Averbeck Remember him? When I asked him what he would be if he wasn’t an author/illustrator, he said “extraordinarily irritable.” Ha. Oh No, Little Dragon! is an endearing little book. Just look at his eyes! So sweet. That’s a little dragon with a spark in his heart, no question about it. This is […]


If you are about to blitz into a holiday shopping weekend, don’t forget the bookplates! A perfect gift, and a lovely way to connect your readers to their favorite book creators. All the info is here. Happy merry reading!

Red Sled

by Lita Judge First. You have to read the interview with Lita Judge over at Jules’ Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog. That studio! That giant cat! Doesn’t she sound like the kind of person you want to have poached eggs and lemongrass tea with? Yes. Red Sled is a perfect book for a cold […]