Saturday, January 29, 2011

Weekend Recommendation

I'm going to recommend a classic today.  Usually, as picture book writers, we are told to go see what is current and selling now.  Get a feel for today's market.  This is excellent advice, but it is important to educate yourself on the "classics" as well.  I am woefully uneducated when it comes to picture book classics.  I don't know why.  I've been an avid picture book reader my whole life.  But for some reason, I've just never picked up many "classics."

So, this week I went to the Caldecott section of our children's room at the library.  The very first one I picked up was such a beautiful story, I have to recommend it.  It is The Little House, written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton, copyright 1942.  This book is one of those timeless classics.  I have been a long time fan of her book Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, but I had never even seen this one.  Pick it up!


  1. Yes, have many such books from the 40's, such treasure, aren't they.

  2. can difficult rooting out those ageless classics, but when stumbled upon, I agree, they're well worth time vested. Much to learn from the work of our elders:)


  3. I went back and read a 'classic" after my daughter was born. "Millions of Cats" I LOVED it as a kid, but as a parent, i was a bit horrified! The cats all fight to the death until only one is left. YIKES!

  4. Corey - I feel that way about the original "Curious George" - there are some yikes moments in there! "After a good meal and a good pipe"?!