Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Monday, June 21, 2010


If you're not familiar with author/illustrator Jan Brett, get ready to experience lots of fun animal stories, all beautifully illustrated with colorful detail and imaginative border "story within a story" pages that hint at what will happen later in the book. Brett writes about human and animal cultures ranging from Scandinavia to Africa. Her extensive travel, in order to get a better idea of the architecture, landscapes, and costumes of the countries she draws in her books, really sets her stories apart.

Her website, http://www.janbrett.com/ is full of (free!) fun activities, coloring pages, games, and cards that go with each of her books. This could keep you and your child busy all summer long! (But you'll want to save some for winter, because she's written quite a few Christmas and snow stories too, that I didn't even list!)

Some of our favorites (all for preschool & up):

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