Easter Books Collage

Picture Books for Easter

Easter baskets are a huge deal for my family. 13 years away from home, and Mom still sends a box filled with the usual suspects: Cadbury Creme Eggs, Peeps, Robin’s Eggs, and Jelly Beans. And, of course, a book. Easter has always been a time for my parents to get a special book for each…

Black Book of Colors

The Black Book of Colors

Listed as one of the best illustrated books of the year by the New York Times, I finally got my hands on a copy to review. It really is a delightful book, and makes a difficult subject approachable and engaging. I don’t know that I’d call it the best illustrated book of the year–it’s not really…

2013 bear song

Best Children’s Books of 2013

Last year, oh my, there were probably three picture books I liked. It was not a good year, alas. But this year has more than paid off. Here’s a quick recap of some of my very favorite picture books that came out in 2013 – listed in alphabetical order, because who can pick a real favorite?…