October 1, 2017

Dear Picture Book Friends,

It has been a whole year since my last entry!  Time has been whizzing by so fast that sometimes it is difficult to keep up!

I was prompted to revisit my blog recently, when I took a trip to Amhearst, MA, just an hour from Boston. Located there is the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  My visit made me remember why I began this site and how much picture books speak to my heart.  I started writing this blog when my first granddaughter was born.  Having been a children’s bookseller for over 12 years, I wanted to document my love of picture books for my grandchildren and speak to how I consider them to be true art!  It had been a dream of mine to visit the Eric Carle Museum and I am grateful that it nudged me to get back at reading, talking about, and sharing beautiful picture books!

I dedicate this blog to my, now 4 with #5 coming in Nov., grandchildren.  I never tire of reading to them, and I hope even when they become independent readers, they will still love sitting next to me for a magical picture book story!

My goal is to try to keep current with a blog around the first of every month.  In the past, I featured new picture books, and I will continue to do that.  But I also want to share some old favorites and talk about what books my grandchildren are really into currently.  They are ages, 5, 3 ½, 2 ½, and 2, with our newest making his or her arrival next month.

I hope you enjoy my blog and happy picture book reading!




You’re All Kinds of Wonderful

Written and Illustrated by Nancy Tillman  (2017)

Available in Hardcover and eReader Editions

One of my favorite Author/Illustrator’s just released another gem!  I collect all of Nancy Tillman’s books… they are just beautifully illustrated and touch my heart!  You will, no doubt, want to add this special book to your library!




The Butterfly Garden

Written and Illustrated by Laura Weston (2017)

Available in Board Book Edition

I homeschool preschool for my daughter’s girls, ages, 2 and 3.  We are currently studying the life cycle of Butterflies.  This is a very beginning board book with lift-the-flap features and it is just gorgeous!  The illustrations are all black and white but when you lift the flap there are bold colors of the leaves, flowers, caterpillars, chrysalis, and Monarch Butterflies.  There is only one descriptive word per page, so you can add your own story as you turn the pages and find the hidden surprises under the flaps.  They read this a few times a day and has become a favorite on the shelf!

Kirkus Reviews:

This debut lift-the-flap book by printmaker Weston follows the life cycle of a monarch butterfly with detailed black-and-white illustrations and flaps that reveal flashes of brilliant orange, yellow, purple, and green.The stunning black-and-white images are precise and meticulous, with a woodcut feel, and the brightly colored undersides of the flaps bring the liveliness of the outdoors into the book. Information about the butterfly’s metamorphosis is conveyed more through flashes of color under the flaps than in the spare poetic text, limited to the deliberate choice of a couple of words per page (“An egg / a feast // a change / a stretch”). Each page features a number of flaps, showing the butterfly in its various stages of metamorphosis, migration, and hibernation. A variety of plants and their flowers that serve as hosts for the monarchs and food for their caterpillars as well as a place for their hibernation are shown, but no additional information is included. Young toddlers may have difficulty in finding and manipulating the flaps at first, but they will be awed by what they reveal. Best for one-on-one reading and exploration with conversations, this tall and artistic board book brings together mystery, surprise, and wonder for children and adults alike. (Board book. 2-5


Love The World

Written and Illustrated by Todd Parr  (2017)

Available in Hardcover Edition

I seriously LOVE Todd Parr’s picture books!  The colors, the simplicity, the uplifting messages… they just speak to me!  In our world today, these are some of the most relevant books we should be sharing with our little ones!

School Library Journal:

“Parr presents a rhythmic, rhyming picture book about the importance of loving oneself and the world around us…. Eye-catching illustrations reflect and celebrate the kind of simple, smiley-faced efforts a child might produce…. An appealing picture book best used for a classroom unit on Earth Day or one-on-one to talk about self-awareness and well-being.”


Elephant and Piggie Books

Written and Illustrated by Mo Willems

Available in Hardcover Editions and Paperback through Scholastic Book Club

These books have been a staple for the preschool set for several years.  My little GRANDS are really loving them right now, as they are just starting to understand  the silly humor.  They are among my favorite to read aloud to them, and they request them over and over!



Fall Walk

Written and Illustrated by Virginia Brimhall Snow  (2013)

Available in Hardcover and eReader Editions

This is one of my very favorite Autumn books recommend!  I have featured it with a post before and I still love everything about it!!

Learn about autumn leaves through a lyrical tale with illustrations and activities

With beautiful illustrations and a lyrical narrative, Virginia Snow takes children on a fun and educational adventure. Take a stroll through the woods and learn to identify 24 different kinds of leaves by their shapes and autumn colors. At the end of the day, learn how to press the gathered leaves and how to make a leaf rubbing.

Book includes:

  • Colorful illustrations of 24 separate leaves

October Board Book-palooza:


Babies Everywhere






Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood:  Daniel Loves Fall






Five Little Pumpkins


About picturebooklook

Hello picture book enthusiasts! I am the mother of 3 twenty-something children and became a grandmother for the first time in early 2012. I have had an affection for picture books for almost as long as I can remember. I have acquired a treasured collection from when my children were young. I have never lost my fondness for them! I have worked in the Children's department of my local Barnes & Noble for the last 10 years. Each month I hope to feature a new picture book review, along with a classic picture book. The fact is, these books are true works of art! The stories are simple, sweet lines, that often stay with us into our adult lives. This blog is dedicated to Danielle Catherine and all of my future grandchildren, and also to all of you who love the beauty of picture books as much as I do!
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