I am a self-proclaimed book fiend. Children's literature holds a special place in my heart - I think it is because my mother is an avid book lover herself and taught me from very early on to love classic, well-written children's literature.
Beautiful, enriching illustrations are just a part of the draw of a wonderful children's story, and so most of the books we review here will have gorgeous drawings.
You will not find any lackluster books on this blog. No vulgar Dora, Spongebob or Disney.
We believe in books that beautify the experience of growing up and learning.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aytesworth

The Gingerbread Man illustrated by Barbara McClintock is so well told and illustrated. You should have seen the grins on the piggies' faces as I told them the story for the first time. They adored it.

This is the classic story/rhyme that has been told for generations put together with beautiful drawings. I'm a Barbara McClintock lover (she illustrated another of our favorite books) and this book does not disappoint.

I can tell this will be one the kids ask for again and again.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Jan Brett

The Night Before Christmas is the entire poem by Clement Moore - such a Christmas classic! - illustrated by the flawless Jan Brett.

Wondering: does it get any better than this?

It feels so good to read a story (poem) to the kids in it's unaltered state. So many of the classics are watered down so little kids "get it" but I think they "get" the originals just as well. The coupling of the full poem and these gorgeous illustrations makes for a wonderful reading experience.

Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate

Who is Coming to Our House? is a  simple, sweet Christmas tale that is focused on the birth of Christ.
At a time when so many books are centered around Santa Clause or Christmas trees or gift-giving, this sweet story tells of the animals in the stable where Jesus was born. Their anticipation of the event. The most important visitor. The Child.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Hurry! Hurry! Have You Heard? by Laura Krauss Melmed

This sweet, poetic book is new to us this year. But I knew it would be a goodie just for the illustrations. Jane Dyer is one of my favorite illustrators. 

Hurry! Hurry! Have You Heard? May not be the most theologically sound Christmas book, but it's nothing that will harm the piglet's view of Christmas. And, unlike many other cute Christmas books, it centers around the birth of Christ and that makes it worth the read to me.

Animals throughout the forest are beckoned, by a little birdie, to the birthplace of Jesus on the night he is born. They go to bring Him gifts and rejoice in His birth.

It's not necessarily the actual Christmas story but it ties in the birth of Jesus with some animal fantasy. Some may put this book aside because it isn't true to the biblical account. I don't see any harm in adding a bit of whimsy to our beloved story.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Classic of all classic Christmas books.
The Christmas book.

The illustrations in this book are breathtaking. Realistic and whimsical at the same time.
I remember being completely captivated by this one as a little girl.
This is a book that needs to be on the shelves of every little reader.