Thursday, November 7, 2019

Picture Books to Delight

 I am soooo thankful for all the wonderful books in my life and the people who write them. I picked up Thanku: Poems of Gratitude edited by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Marlena Myles at the Carolinas SCBWI. What a delight to read so many of my favorite writers in this anthology. Both Becky Shillington and Megan Hoyt signed my copy. Aren't the math poems brilliant? And Megan's biography on St. Hildegard is beautifully written and illustrated. 

And at the end of the book, there's a section on poetic forms and literary devices--great for home or classroom use. Since gratitude is my first emotion upon waking, this is a book I'll reach for again and again. Thanku, indeed! 

I went to Ben Pogue's book launch party on Daniel Island and had to have a copy of A Walk Along the Sea after I saw the gorgeous illustrations by Johanna Hughes. It's a lovely book, sure to become a family keepsake. We have so many wonderful memories of walking along the beach with our children, collecting shells, playing in the waves, or just sitting and enjoying the sunset. 

I love living in Charleston! It's so great to be a tourist in your hometown and Very Charleston: A Celebration of History, Culture, and Lowcountry Charm by Diana Hollingsworth Gessler is another keepsake/reference book. 

You're welcome! 


Mirka Breen said...

I'm grateful just to know that a book of poems about feeling grateful exists.

Vijaya said...

Mirka, so true. And Miranda makes a point about being thankful all the time, not just at Thanksgiving. You'll love it.

Dave Watson said...

I'll have to see if I can find Walk Along The Sea at the library. It seems like it could be considered a quiet PB, which I'm happy to see.

Vijaya said...

Dave, it is a quiet and reflective book, perfect to share with a child. If you don't see it at your library, ask them to order it for you. I'm always making requests and 90% of the time they deliver.

Dave Watson said...

Glad to hear I was right. For awhile it seemed the "quiet" picture books were a very hard sell. I thought I once read that Jane Yolen, commenting on the difficulty selling this genre of picture books, thought she would have trouble selling "Owl Moon" in the current market. I'm glad that book was of my favorites!!

Vijaya said...

I think the quiet PB is still a hard sell. This is a boutique publisher that specializes in all things local but good luck finding a book like this in the big chains. It's truly a treasure. I love Owl Moon too.