Things I Love

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These books:

These books are like Mary Poppins: "Practically perfect in every way." (This is, of course, not a comprehensive list. That would be impossible!)

  • 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter
  • 7 Ate 9 by Tara Lazar and Ross MacDonald
  • A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
  • A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams
  • A House That Once Was by Julie Fogliano and Lane Smith
  • A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen, Heidi EY Stemple and Matt Phelan
  • A Map into the World by Kao Kalia Yang and Seo Kim
  • A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
  • A New School Year by Sally Derby and Mika Song
  • A Tree for Emmy by Mary Ann Rodman and Tatjana Mai-Wyss
  • A Violin for Elva by Mary Lyn Ray and Tricia Tusa
  • After the Fall by Dan Santat
  • Agnes Caws by Candace Fleming and Giselle Potter
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz
  • All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee
  • Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang and Charlene Chua
  • Baby's Firsts by Nancy Raines Day and Michael Emberley
  • Be a Friend by Salina Yoon
  • Because by Mo Willems and Amber Ren
  • Blue on Blue by Dianne White and Beth Krommes
  • Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley
  • Boris and Bella by Carolyn Crimi and Ghris Grimly
  • Brown Baby Lullabye by Tameka Fryer Brown and AG Ford
  • Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler and Laura Huliska-Beith
  • Chicken Soup With Rice by Maurice Sendak
  • Christmas Mousling by Dori Chaconas and Susan Kathleen Hartung
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  • Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk
  • Dandy by Ame Dyckman and Charles Santoso
  • Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle and Rafael Lopez
  • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson and E.B. Lewis
  • Escargot by Dashka Slater and Sydney Hanson
  • Estelle Takes a Bath by Jill Esbaum and Mary Newell DePalma
  • Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Meg Medina and Sonia Sanchez
  • Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall
  • Federico and the Wolf by Rebecca J. Gomez and Elisa Chavarri
  • George Washington's Cows by David Small
  • Gittel's Journey by Leslea Newman and Amy June Bates
  • God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant and Marla Frazee
  • Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and LeUyen Pham
  • Green on Green by Dianne White and Felicita Sala
  • How Many Seeds In a Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas
  • I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! by Jill Esbaum and Gus Gordon
  • I Am The Storm by Jane Yolen, Heidi EY Stemple, Kristen Howdeshell and Kevin Howdeshell
  • I Saw An Ant on the Railroad Track by Joshua Prince and Macky Pamintuan
  • If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall
  • If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano and Erin Stead
  • Imogene's Last Stand by Candace Fleming and Nancy Carpenter
  • In a Jar by Deborah Marcero
  • Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and Meg Hunt
  • Ish by Peter Reynolds
  • Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
  • Layla's Happiness by Mariahadessa Ekere Talle and Ashleigh Corrin
  • Leo the Magnificat by Ann M. Martin and Emily Arnold McCully
  • Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
  • Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Miranda Paul and John Parra
  • Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace
  • Looking for Easter by Dori Chaconas and Margie Moore
  • Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egneus
  • Martina and Chrissie: The Greatest Rivalry in the History of Sports by Phil Bildner and Brett Helquist
  • Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter and Birgitta Sif
  • Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy and C.F. Payne
  • Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  • Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer and Scott Magoon
  • My Best Friend by Mary Ann Rodman and E.B. Lewis
  • My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock
  • My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith and Julie Flett
  • Niko Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka and Simone Shin
  • Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin and Ebony Glenn
  • Odd Velvet by Mary Whitcomb and Tara Calahan King
  • Once Upon a Memory by Nina Laden and Renata Liwska
  • Owen by Kevin Henkes
  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
  • Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter Reynolds
  • Possum Magic by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas
  • Preaching to the Chickens by Jabari Asim and E.B. Lewis
  • Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly and Stephen Michael King
  • Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and David Litchfield
  • Ready to Fly by Lea Lyon, A. LaFaye and Jessica Gibson
  • Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
  • Saturdays Are For Stella by Candy Wellins and Charlie Eve Ryan
  • Shrinking Violet by Kari Best and Giselle Potter
  • Stand Straight, Ella Kate by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise
  • Star Bright: A Christmas Story by Alison McGhee and Peter Reynolds
  • Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee
  • Stay by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise
  • Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry and Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Talking Like the Rain compiled by X.J. Kennedy, Dorothy M. Kennedy and Jane Dyer
  • Ten Beautiful Things by Molly Beth Griffin and Maribel Lechuga
  • Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson and Matt Faulkner
  • The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall
  • The Bear and the Moon by Matthew Burgess and Catia Chen
  • The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla Morris and Brad Sneed
  • The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington and Shelley Jackson
  • The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski and P.J. Lynch
  • The Dot by Peter Reynolds
  • The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco
  • The Library by Sarah Stewart and David Small
  • The Lion's Bed by Diane Redfield Massie
  • The Love Letter by Anika Aldamuy Denise and Lucy Ruth Cummins
  • The New Girl … And Me by Jacqui Robbins and Matt Phelan
  • The Next President by Kate Messner and Adam Rex
  • The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story by Tina Cho and Jess X. Snow
  • The Oldest Student by Rita Lorraine Hubbard and Oge Mora
  • The Perfect Pumpkin Pie by Denys Cazet
  • The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska
  • The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
  • The Rough Patch by Brian Lies
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read by Curtis Manley and Kate Berube
  • The Tenth Good Thing about Barney by Judith Viorst and Erik Blegvad
  • The Tree in Me by Corinna Luyken
  • There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi and Laurel Molk
  • This is Not a Valentine by Carter Higgins and Lucy Ruth Cummins
  • This Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton
  • This Way, Charlie by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso
  • Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth and Jeffrey Ebbeler
  • Truman by Jean Reidy and Lucy Ruth Cummins
  • Tummy Girl by Roseanne Thong and Sam Williams
  • Two of a Kind by Jacqui Robbins and Matt Phelan
  • Two Speckled Eggs by Jennifer K. Mann
  • Waiting Out the Storm by JoAnn Early Macken and Susan Graber
  • Wanda’s Roses by Pat Brisson and Maryann Cocca-Leffler
  • Watercress by Andrea Wang and Jason Chin
  • What Do You Do With a Voice Like That? by Chris Barton and Ekua Holmes
  • What If by Samantha Berger and Mike Curato
  • What Mary Jo Shared by Janice May Udry and Eleanor Mill
  • What Mary Jo Wanted by Janice May Udry and Eleanor Mill
  • When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie Deenihan and Lorraine Rocha
  • Where'd My Jo Go? by Jill Esbaum and Scott Brundage
  • Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull and David Diaz
  • Wombat Divine by Mem Fox and Kerry Argent
  • Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw and Eugene Yelchin
  • You Are My Cupcake by Joyce Wan
  • Zayde Comes to Live by Sheri Sinykin and Kristina Swarner
  • Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio and Scott Campbell

Need a baby shower gift?

Here's a blog post I wrote about my favorite books to give as gifts.

Want picture book suggestions from e.E. Charlton-Trujillo and me?

Here's a list we created for "What's On Your Bookshelf," the recent virtual children's literature conference sponsored by Connecticut's Norfolk Public Library.

These places:

These things:

  • The TV show “Chopped.”
  • Dark chocolate. (Especially this. And this. And this.)
  • John Fluevog shoes. And, Doc Martens.
  • Trader Joe’s.
  • Cats. I have two, Sunny and Ollie. Sunny is big and orange and calm. Ollie is big and black and bouncy. They don’t always get along, but I like them both.
  • Glitter nail polish.
  • Smile Train. (A wonderful charity that helps children born with clefts.)
  • All kinds of music and musical theater.