Thursday, May 10, 2012

Celebrating Children's Book Week

Happy Children's Book Week!  Because this is such a special week for anyone who loves children's books, I would like to share a few of my favorite picture books for children. 
They are listed in no specific order, some are my absolute favorites and some are just favorites.
The Plant Sitter by Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham was written in 1959 and is a fun read about a little boy who makes extra money over his summer vacation by taking care of every one's plants while they are away on their vacations. 
Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham also wrote and illustrated Harry the Dirty Dog along with many other books.
Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep A Yarn About Wool by Teri Sloat and Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott.  I enjoy Westcott's colorful style of illustrating.  The rhyming text is funny and takes us through the steps of shearing sheep, cleaning, dying, and spinning the wool.  This book is a fun read-aloud!
Prairie Town is an amazing book!  I recommend this book to everyone and it's a wonderful gift idea for anyone who has lived on the prairie or in a small town.  It seems each time I look at the detailed illustrations I see something I hadn't seen before.  The author and illustrator take us through a year in a small town, sometimes giving us a bird's eye view, other times a street level view.  There are many happening throughout the year including a fire, carnival, blizzard, a wedding and a funeral.  Bonnie Geisert wrote the text and her husband, Arthur Geisert created the illustrations.   Other books in the series include Mountain Town, Desert Town and River Town.
Lilly's Secret by Miko Imai is a favorite of both Autumn and I.  It's about a shy kitty named Lilly who is self-conscious of her paws.  But then she meets a new friend and.....well, I don't want to give the whole story away. 
Milly and Tilly by Kate Summers and Illustrated by one of my all-time favorite illustrators, Maggie Kneen!  This is a version of the Town Mouse and Country Mouse story and it is so precious, it's like candy for the eyes. The illustrations are very detailed and the little mice characters are so cute I just want to scoop them up and pet their little noses.
That's all for today, I'll share more tomorrow!
Have a Happy Day!


  1. Love your blog, Jen, and all these things you are good enough to share. I have to admit [sheepishly] I found you by googling myself - ha ha! Can I send you some stuff?

    Your huge fan,

    Juli Kangas

    1. Hi Juli! I tried sending you an e-mail, but am not sure it worked so will try posting here also. Sometimes this technology stuff is just over my head lol.
      Thank you for liking my blog and for posting, you made my whole year! You are a wonderful illustrator, and I've been a fan of yours for a long time! I hope to see more beautiful picture books from you in the future. Yes, I would be so grateful to you if you want to send me a little something. Please drop me a quick e-mail if you can at and I'll send you my address.
      Thank you again, and keep up the great work. Have a great summer!

      Your huge fan,