Since I left teaching 2 years ago to stay home with Claire the thing I miss most is being next door to the school’s library. The computer lab was a prime piece of real estate – air conditioned, great software and nearby BOOKS! The books! I LOVE books! I nearly made it through the entire YA bookshelf in my time at Hilltop. In addition to having something to discuss with my pre-teen students, I often found the writing geared towards young adults more intelligent and challenging then the latest “bestseller.”

I especially love beautifully illustrated books. Right now I’m drooling from afar since Claire likes the same three books over and over again. She’s at the age where she’s anticipating what is happening on each page and likes to see the same pictures over and over again. “Yook Mommy – lion rar!” I’m trying to live in the moment and enjoy each and every reading of “Dear Zoo,” but really, I can’t wait until we can dive into a new book everyday. I’ve mixed things up this week with “If You Give a Pig a Pancake” but it’s the old favorites that Claire continuously grabs off the shelf.

Claire is way too young for this book below – I could see paper scraps strewn throughout my house, but isn’t it so clever and beautiful?

These pics are all from the NY Times “Best Illustrated of 2009” list, check out their article to see the others. It’s a really diverse lineup this year although I was surprised no collage type books made the cut. I’ll resume my “Claire-centric” posts tomorrow, I just had to share these!

Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2009

Every year since 1952, the Book Review has asked a panel of judges to select 10 books from among the several thousand children’s books published that year. The judges this time around were Adam Gopnik, who writes regularly for The New Yorker and is the author of two novels for children, “The King in the Window” and the forthcoming “Steps Across the Water”; Jillian Tamaki, a teacher at the School of Visual Arts and the recipient of a Society of Illustrators gold medal; and Lisa Von Drasek, the children’s librarian of the Bank Street College of Education.

2 thoughts on “Books!

  1. I am looking forward to re-reading all the old “classics” like “God this in Margaret” and talking about them with Claire. That time will be here before we know it,seems like just yesterday she was only a babe in arms.

  2. Gina, have Claire read her favorites to you. You may get a whole new slant on the story. There is nothing better than reading to a child!!!!

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