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A Few Favorites

Seb and the SunSeb and the Sun by Jami Gigot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a touch of HYGGE (happiness/coziness) to light long, wintry evenings. A perfect bedtime book for little ones and for anyone who wants to be transported to the far North while snuggling beneath the covers. I fell in love with Seb, his walrus sidekick, and their quest to restore a bit of light to their arctic community. Jami Gigot revisits an age-old theme in a brand-new way and graces it with glowing illustrations. To me, Seb and the Sun has all the makings of a classic.

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Bob, Not Bob!: *to be read as though you have the worst cold everBob, Not Bob!: *to be read as though you have the worst cold ever by Audrey Vernick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brilliant, heart-warming, hilarious. Rarely have I seen a picture book (both text and illustrations) infused with so much personality and humor. Gift it to any and every kid in your life!

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The Bearskinner: A Tale of the Brothers GrimmThe Bearskinner: A Tale of the Brothers Grimm by Laura Amy Schlitz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I worked in the children’s book industry for years, in several different capacities, and today I still actively collect the very best in illustrated children’s books. I consider The Bearskinner to be the most powerful picture book I own. Never have I seen a picture book so honestly portray the darkness life can bring, while still championing hope and driving home the message, “No matter how hard things get, choose life. There will be a way out.” What a valuable book to share with a (slightly older) child audience! I read it to 8 to 12 year-olds and they are always spellbound by Laura Amy Schlitz’s rendering of this timeless Grimms’ tale. And yes, there is a happy ending.

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Featured Favorite: The Truffle Hunter

A hotel nestled¬†in an old¬†French village…a cranky chef called C√©sar…a blue Citro√ęn Deux Chevaux…an under-appreciated sow named “Martine”… ancient cave paintings…a dark and handsome stranger…and a lesson in digging up tasty tubers…

Can an English-language picture book be¬†any “French-er” than Inga Moore’s The Truffle Hunter ?

IMG_1429Her¬†words¬†and pictures capture such a spirit of place that you’ll¬†be¬†transported to the Perigord¬†in the space of a story time. (Couldn’t you almost step into the full page spread above?) Like so many of Moore’s timeless works, The Truffle Hunter¬†is still in print today. My hope is that we keep it that way for the next¬†generation.

(You’ll find a short bio of British¬†author-illustrator Inga Moore¬†here.)

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Inga Moore
Published byKane/Miller Book Publishers
1985

Featured Favorite: The Stars Will Still Shine

I “met” Cynthia Rylant’s¬†The Stars Will Still Shine¬†back in 2005 when I was a children’s book buyer. Today, the book’s reassuring message still¬†seems as important as ever.

this new year...

…So Cynthia Rylant begins¬†her ode to all things good, inviting us in to be comforted a while. Page after page, she reminds us of what is still right with the world.¬†From the chiming of church bells, to ice cream cones three scoops high, to snuggling on a rainy day, her¬†text appeals to a child’s senses while evoking¬†the symbols of peace, delight, hope, and love most¬†common to a child’s experience.

Tiphanie Beeke’s luminous illustrations are a testament to how vibrant watercolor can be. Just look at those jewel tones!

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To open this book is to open up a space of beauty and calm in the midst of troubled, uncertain times. What better gift for our children and ourselves this new year?

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The Stars Will Still Shine
Cynthia Rylant & Tiphanie Beeke
Published by HarperCollins
2005