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my father's dragon

My Father’s Dragon: a bonafide adventure.  Perfect for this crazy rainy day.  Intense, booming thunder this morning—the loudest I’ve heard in a long while.


charlotte in giverny

We are sharing children’s art books for March’s #littlelitbookseries.

It’s 1892, and Charlotte is keeping a journal of her year-long trip to Giverny, where her artist father is learning Impressionism, an emerging style of painting.  Charlotte falls in love with France, manages to learn some new words in French, makes new friends, learns how to garden and is excited to attend Monet’s daughter’s wedding!  (Now, if this isn’t the ideal way to spend a year, I don’t know what it is.  Sign me up.)  The book includes reproductions of many Impressionist works, insightful historical background and short biographies of some painters of the era.  Charlotte in Giverny was written by Joan MacPhail Knight and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.  In their series, Charlotte also travels to New York, London and Paris and learns about the various art movements in those cities.  This series is a wonderful introduction to art history and the culture surrounding it.

Be inspired by everyone else’s artful picks in the #littlelitbookseries on Instagram.


you can't take a balloon into the metropolitan museum

It’s all about art for this month’s #littlelitbookseries.

A girl’s yellow balloon escapes its post and goes on an adventure through the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, drifting past famous paintings and sculptures, and wreaking havoc and hilarity on the way.  This engaging wordless picture book, You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum, is by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser.

Head over to see the children’s art books that everyone else is sharing in #littlelitbookseries on Instagram.


little lit book series: art edition

A happy day.  It’s time for #littlebookseries, the art edition.

Twelve children’s book illustrators answer the question “What’s Your Favorite Animal?” with a collection of funny and insightful drawings, paintings, stories and poetry.  The notable group of illustrators includes Eric Carle, Nick Bruel, Lucy Cousins, Susan Jeffers, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, Tom Lichtenheld, Peter McCarty, Chris Raschka, Peter Sís, Lane Smith, Erin Stead, Rosemary Wells and Mo Willems.  Enjoyable and endearing to read.

Do check out the other children’s art books that are being shared today by this wonderful group on Instagram using #littlelitbookseries.


creativity, free time and open-ended toys

A preview from my post on The Land of Nod’s blog today about free time, open-ended toys and fostering creativity in children.