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Books My Mother Gave Me

What are the books you most associate with each of your parents? The list on my father’s side is shockingly short — Rabbit Hill, the works of James Thurber, and the beloved Jack Kent comic strip King Aroo. Instead, almost every book I think of loving as a child was given to me by Mom, with the…

Illustrated Bibles and Biblical Picture Books

  When I was little the only illustrated Bible available was a reprint of a 1950’s NIV New Testament, which has illustrations that were somehow both overwrought and evocative of comics with their pixelated, technicolor vibrancy. I’ll tell you honestly, I hated reading it. Thankfully there are many better options available today — both adaptations…

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…

Christmas, Remembered by Tomie de Paola

Tomorrow: my annual roundup of the best picture books of 2013! TITLE: Christmas Remembered AUTHOR + ILLUSTRATOR: Tomie dePaola PUBLISHED BY: Puffin/Putnam, 2006 In the first of 10 stories about Christmas in Tomie DePaola’s Christmas, Remembered, he tells us of the first Christmas he remembers: the Christmas of the miraculous fireplace. When he was three…

Mary: The Mother of Jesus by Tomie de Paola

TITLE: Mary: The Mother of Jesus AUTHOR + ILLUSTRATOR: Tomie De Paola PUBLISHED BY: Holiday House, 1995 In anticipation of the feast of the Immaculate Conception, let’s focus on Mary.  This is, by far, the most remarkable, beautiful, moving, joyful, present picture book dealing with the life of Mary that I have ever seen.  It breaks my heart…

Adventures of Cow

Title: Adventures of Cow Title: Adventures of Cow, Too Author/Illustrator: Marshall Taylor and Lori Korchek Publisher: Tricycle Press Buy it here Adventures of Cow is probably the silliest book I have ever encountered. And I love it. Normally, I’m not a fan of the photographic picture books. It seems to me one of the most…