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, August 20, 2012


...And it looks great!!!
Mossy will be available September 18, 2012

Author/illustrator Jan Brett always jumps into her latest book project with both feet, completely immersing herself in the subject matter and illustrations.

Click HERE to read the NYTimes interview with Jan about how she and her husband were inspired to build a turtle pond in her backyard, and where she got the idea for this cute book about a turtle with a garden growing on its shell.

Is your child an aspiring artist?  You can watch Jan's video "How to Draw a Box Turtle" HERE.

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 for the rest of the summer! 


  1. I'm very excited about this too! I saw that article but haven't read it yet. I already requested it from our library and can't wait to read it with my class :)

  2. Oh my goodness-- do you SEE all the wonderful resources on her site? I am going to be helping my daughter with homeschooling this fall, and this stuff will be perfect for covering the art component of the curriculum with my grandson!

    off to my local library site to order some Jan Brett books...

    1. Yes, Donna, her site is amazing - she is a very dedicated author/illustrator! Free downloads, how-to videos...perfect for homeschool or traditional students, parents, grandparents, and teachers! Have fun! :)