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and then comes summer

An ode to summer and its myriad sun-drenched possibilities.  And Then Comes Summer is a fitting read for the first day of June, no?  Warm, dusky summer nights are one of our favorite things about this season.  And walking by ripe, sweet-smelling stone fruit at the farmer's market, ready to be eaten out of hand.  What about everyone else?

And Then Comes Summer was written by Tom Brenner, illustrated by Jaime Kim and published by Candlewick Press.


my four seasons

We’re diving into Dawid Ryski’s gorgeous stylized world of seasons today.  We join a family as they experience the changing of the year — the crunchy white snow of winter, spring’s air redolent of “pink cherry blossoms and apple trees” and summer filled with sunshine, evening barbecues and leisurely trips.  Before we know it, they’re drinking in the last soporific days of summer and trading them in for cool, brisk autumn mornings spent at school.  A book for all year round. 

My Four Seasons was illustrated by Dawid Ryski and will be published by Little Gestalten on June 22.


colette's lost pet

Colette is new to Mile End, and is reluctant to get out and explore her new environs.  An unexpected and playful opportunity to get to know the other neighborhood kids falls into her lap and she runs with it.  Inventive and absolutely charming, Colette's Lost Pet is the stuff childhood is made of.  We should all read this kind of magic to our kids—and ourselves—as often as we can.

Colette’s Lost Pet was written and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault and published by Random House Books for Young Readers.


postcards from outer space

I'm over on The Land of Nod's blog talking about how to put a galactic twist on snail mail.  It's a great little project for a play date or party as well.  Read all about it here.


safe and sound

"You too, my little one, need us,

and that is why we're here,

and if you stay with us,

you won't have a anything to fear."

Undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of motherhood — keeping our kin safe and sound.  Happy Mother’s Day, all!

Safe & Sound was written by Jean Roussen, illustrated by Loris Lora and published by Flying Eye Books.