A good day to read a book

I’ve read more than 100 books so far this year. Impressive, huh? No, I’m not an incredibly fast reader. Nope, I’m not a liar either. I really have read that many books! Here’s what I’ll be reading in the next couple days.

© 2013 Photo by Carol Munro

© 2013 Photo by Carol Munro

Picture books are quick to read, but don’t mistake them for easy. There’s nothing simple about writing or illustrating them. If you haven’t read one in a while, pick one from my favs list in my February 1 post and give it a read. 

Study it inside out. The more you look, the more you’ll see how complex it can be. Every word counts, every page break matters, illustrations complement and supplement the text — and vice versa. OK, I see I’m boring you.

So just grab a good picture book and enjoy!

Which ones are your favorites? I’d love to know.

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7 responses to “A good day to read a book

  1. I just borrowed a bunch from the library, so will spend some time with them today! One of my favorite PBs is Snowy Day. I first read it in grade three (I’d just moved to Canada and learned English) and even at the age of 8, the combination of the collage art and spare words sang to me. 🙂

    • Carol Munro

      I love The Snowy Day, too, Teresa. So easy to relate to the character, and the book helps adults renew their love for snow.

  2. Judy Jennings

    I will forever love Robert McCloskey and am still drawn to good pen and ink illustrations from the fifties. With color I love Tasha Tudor and Beatrix Potter. Growing up with the first Little Golden Books made me love those illustrators, too, especially Tibor Gergly and Elose Wilkin. I was so fortunate to see these original works at the main public library in Cincinnati in December. I adore a picture that is “busy” such as you see in a Grandma Moses painting–you have to look everywhere to see what’s going on. In my kindergarten class there was a BIG framed mural of a fairytale/nursery rhyme land, and I would sit there for what seemed hours tracing the paths up and around the hill, checking to see what each character was doing ( the one I remember is Jack and Jill falling down the hill and their bucket of water spilling).

    • Judy, Tasha Tudor! Fascinating and talented woman. I loved the illustrations in the fairy tale books of the forties. Maybe you know the books…green covers, detailed and colorful illustrations with sheets of tissue protecting the images. I have some of the books that were passed from the older kids in our family down to the younger ones (seven of us). They’re beat up, but cherished.

      • Judy Jennings

        Rats! I don’t believe I know those, and I thought I knew EVERYTHING about books (ha). I’ve been in love with books since the beginning of time. I’ve been lucky to have had access to many children’s library discards from the forties and fifties (not all in mint condition of course, but who cares, I have them!). Would like to see the ones you mean. I have hundreds. I’ve never wanted to do anything but read. Lazy slug…

  3. This post caught my attention because I live in the picture book section. I am so happy to know I am not alone. I have read so many picture books that it takes exceptional writing to get me interested in a novel. I don’t have the patience for all the description – give me some action and illustrations 🙂 I have many, many favorite picture books, but I will only share three.

    The Runaway Garden, by Jeffery L. Schatzer; illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler. Mitten Press 2007

    Quiet Bunny, by Lisa McCue. Sterling 2009

    One, by Kathryn Otoshi. KO Kids Books 2008

  4. Carol Munro

    Alayne, when we do what we do, NOT reading picture books would be a crime punishable by toppling library stacks. 😉 My official goal is to read ten PBs a week during 2013. Unofficially, 1,000 read by the end of the year. I’ve ordered your three favorites from the Inter Library Loan service. Are you aware that QUIET BUNNY is a series?

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