Kid Lit Profiles: Tomi Ungerer

Ungerer picture books

Recently I had the distinct pleasure of viewing Tomi Ungerer: All in One, the current exhibit at the Drawing Center. I say distinct pleasure because I went sans child—which means I was actually able to read all the captions in the exhibit. And I’m glad I did because Ungerer has a fascinating life story, and even though I originally intended to feature NYC based authors and illustrators on this blog, Continue reading

Share a love of books with those you love

bookgiving day bookplate

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, but I’m not one for phony sentimentality. I am a fan, however, of getting books into the hands of kids so that is how I will be celebrating February 14, aka International Book Giving Day. For those of you not familiar with this splendid holiday, it’s aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books. Celebrating is easy—simply give a book to a kid! I’ll Continue reading

New children’s books featuring the Big Apple

flat iron in little elliot

Everyone gets a kick out of recognizing a familiar scene from their hometown in a movie. I still can’t watch The Squid and the Whale without pointing out the old crappy building I used to live in (can’t say I miss having no sink in the bathroom). The same goes for books—kids love seeing familiar sights from their city on the page. Lucky for us, there is no shortage of Continue reading

Best of the Best: Top Picture books of 2014

best Picture books 2014

It’s hard to believe this is already the third year in a row I’ve put together the Best-of-the-Best picture books list. Three years ago I was a new mother getting ready for my first holiday season as a parent. I had just started blogging and was trying to think of a post that might actually be helpful for overwhelmed parents who don’t have the time to catch up on all Continue reading

Lovely Letters: Alphabet books worth a second look

Alphabet City

Every child’s library needs an alphabet book or two. But let’s face it, the shelf life for these can be fairly limited. Once your little one has mastered the ABC’s, storybooks soon take over. And let’s be honest, there are plenty of alphabet books published that don’t deserve valuable shelf space. But then there are those that are so visually pleasing that you’ll want to hold on to them long Continue reading

Change is afoot

Ah, a rainy Saturday afternoon and a napping toddler—a perfect time to sit down and write. Unfortunately, I’ve come to the decision that I simply don’t have these moments often enough to justify hosting this blog. I have so many posts in my head that I would love to work on—hidden library gems in NYC, old picture books worth a second look, profiles of Brooklyn based authors and illustrators, quirky Continue reading