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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Picture this

All right, fellow BookWyrms... let's get started talking about books!

There are so many wonderful books out there, for all different age groups. We'll get to the others, I promise, but I want to begin with picture books.

As I've mentioned before, I love to write short stories, hoping they will become picture books someday. But does it surprise you to hear that, even though I'm not a kid any more, I still love to read picture books?

I read them out loud to my son Ben all the time, but I'll let you in on a little secret... sometimes, when I'm all alone at the library or the book store, I read picture books to myself! :) I love the rhythm of the words, the conciseness of the stories, the illustrations... everything.

I had many favorite picture books when I was a little girl. As a mom, I've read many of those favorites to my own children, who also loved them. Here are just a few, classics that have stood the test of time, enjoyed by generations of kids and parents:
  • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina, 1938... Who doesn't giggle at the antics of those mischievous monkeys and the frustration of that poor peddler?
  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans, 1939... I've always been drawn to the rhymes in this book. That and Madeline's independent spirit. :)
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, 1962... Beautiful pictures, beautiful prose, the joy of newly-fallen snow ~ this is one of my all-time favorite books.
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, 1963... A liberal dose of imagination, pictures of slightly scary, silly creatures, learning that you can be angry and still be loved... it's no wonder this is such a popular book!
  • Tikki Tikki Tembo retold by Arlene Mosel and illustrated by Blair Lent, 1968... Can you even imagine having a name like Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo?

Which of these books have you read? What do you like best (or least) about them? I'd love to hear from you.


  1. Tikki Tikki Tembo was one of my favorite books as a child, and I have Snowy Day in hardcover from my childhood. My poor DH had never even HEARD of Tikki! Yikes! Can you believe I didn't read Madeline until I was a grownup? (But I had at least heard of it;)

  2. Hi, Cheri! Thanks for checking out my blog! :) I assume you've now educated your husband about Tikki Tikki Tembo? LOL