Bedtime Stories: Keith Richards

Gus & Me by Keith Richards, art by Theodora Richards A wonderfully inspiring story of a musician’s beginning and the grandfather who helped him.  One time he led me all the way to the top of Primrose Hill to look at the night stars.  Don’t know if we can make it home tonight, Gus said. …

Bedtime Stories: Nicole de Cock

The Girl and the Elephant by Nicole de Cock A gorgeously illustrated tale of a girl and her elephant friend. The two are separated but the swift brings good news.  The girl and the elephant become friends.  They love being together.  Sometimes they play an elephant game.  And sometimes they play a girl game. 

Bedtime Stories: Peter Spier

People by Peter Spier A journey through the world’s people and their customs, holidays, artifacts, and cultures. Some of us are wise. Some are foolish. But most of us are somewhere in between.  Most people are decent, honest, friendly, and well meaning, but some are none of these. 

Bedtime Stories: William Joyce

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce This book is so beautiful and melancholy. A lost man finds a home with books and writes his story.  An added bonus: Mr. Morris Lessmore looks like Buster Keaton.  Sometimes Morris would become lost in a book and scarcely emerge for days. 

Reader’s Advisory

   I’m pausing from my SLIS studies while spending time in the hospital with my little girl, River. She may be small but they are never too small to be read to – and we are enjoying this book, The Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier.  This lovely board book is perfect for reading…

Reader’s Advisory: Can’t Sit Still

These books are not new. I am not breaking new ground by telling you that children like Sandra Boynton or Al Perkins. What I am here to say is – I have an insanely precocious 20 month old. He doesn’t sit still. He moves so much I WISH he liked the television because if he…

Reader’s Advisory: Open House for Butterflies

   Open House for Butterflies by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Maurice Sendak is just lovely. I came across it at the Birmingham Public Library and had to secure a copy of my own for my kids. The verse is lyrical, at times nonsensical – as if a preschooler had written it, but it is also…