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I'm always curious how a book that I love will work with a young audience. So after I read Elisha Cooper's lovely Big Cat, Little Cat, I tossed it in my book bag and took it along on a day when I was reading to a preschool class and a first grade class. And I read them some fun, never-fail titles and then, in each class, I pulled out Big Cat, Little Cat. And, in both classes, though we had just been jumping and rhyming and shouting refrains, things got very quiet. But quiet in that good way, where a kid is connecting with a book and its voice and mood and art and they understand it. It's working for them.

It reminded me of how really good books bring their own world into a room and how there is something about that world that makes a child want to be in that world. Thank you, Mr. Cooper for a really good book. It will stay in the bag.


Love This Book

I read a lot of picture books. Stacks of them. It's one of the lovely parts of my job. But every once in a while, there will be a book that gets inside my head. I'll find myself pulling it back out of that big stack of books that's going back to the library, not taking it back quite yet. Thinking about it during the day. Going back to look at that one page. Or to read it one more time.

Teacup is that book. Rebecca Young's spare, evocative text and Matt Ottley's beautiful art are perfect partners. A book for anyone who has, like the boy in the book, ever had to leave his home and find another.

Love This Book

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One of my favorite picture books lately is Gus Gordon's Herman and Rosie. It's a deceptively simple story but so many things work. The art and text are beautifully balanced--each doing what it does best. The characters are fun. And the timing. . . He makes you wait for the resolution. That's hard to do when you only have 32 pages to work with and several of those belong to the publisher. But he does it and then he resolves it in such a gorgeous, quiet, satisfying way.