Things I Love


These books:

I love lots of books, but I think these are, as Mary Poppins says, “Practically perfect in every way.”

  • 17 Things I’m Not Allowed To Do Anymore by Jenny Offill
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
  • A New School Year by Sally Derby
  • Blue on Blue by Dianne White
  • Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley
  • Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak
  • Christmas Mouseling by Dori Chaconas
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Estelle Takes a Bath, by Jill Esbaum
  • Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio
  • How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara
  • I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo by Jill Esbaum
  • If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano
  • Imogene’s Last Stand by Candace Fleming
  • Koala Lou by Mem Fox
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
  • Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
  • Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy
  • Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  • My Best Friend by Mary Ann Rodman
  • My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth
  • Odd Velvet by Mary Whitcomb
  • Once Upon a Memory by Nina Laden
  • Owen by Kevin Henkes
  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
  • Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Possum Magic by Mem Fox
  • Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly
  • Shrinking Violet by Kari Best
  • Star Bright: A Christmas Story by Alison McGhee
  • Stars by Mary Lyn Ray
  • Stay by Kate Klise
  • The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall
  • The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
  • The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco
  • The New Girl … And Me by Jacqui Robbins
  • The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read by Curtis Manley
  • The Tenth Good Thing about Barney by Judith Viorst
  • This Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell
  • Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth
  • Tummy Girl by Roseanne Thong
  • Two Speckled Eggs by Jennifer K. Mann
  • Wanda’s Roses by Pat Brisson
  • Wombat Divine by Mem Fox
  • Zayde Comes to Live by Sheri Sinykin
  • Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio

These places:

  • Madison, Wisconsin (A beautiful downtown, a famous farmers’ market, lots of cultural activities, great restaurants and people-watching, three lovely seasons and one I’d rather not mention.)
  • The Fitchburg Public Library. (So lovely, so convenient. And I write there regularly.)
  • The Farm in Door County, Wisconsin. (A favorite place to go with my kids.)
  • Monty’s Blue Plate Diner. (Great food, great staff, great location.)
  • Katz’s Deli. (I’ve only been there once, but …)
  • The Tattered Cover. (What a bookstore should be.)
  • Mickies Dairy Bar. (Amazing breakfasts, fun college crowd.)

These things:

  • The TV shows “Glee” and “Chopped.”
  • Dark chocolate. (Especially this. And this. And this.)
  • John Fluevog shoes.
  • Trader Joe’s.
  • Cats. I have two, Sunny and Ollie. Sunny is big and orange and calm. Ollie is small and black and bouncy. They don’t always get along, but I like them both. I used to have a cat named Vince, but he passed away recently and then Ollie joined our family.
  • Smile Train. (A wonderful charity that helps children born with clefts.)
  • All kinds of music and musical theater.

SOPHIE'S SQUASH earned starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal.

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