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Books About Love to Melt Your Icy Heart

A literary erotic thriller, a P.T.S.D. love story, a dystopian romance, and a dash of poetry to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day.<p>Love is in the air. And featured on pink and red boxes of chocolate. And on glittery greeting cards at the drugstore. And all over your Instagram feed. And in …

See New Illustrations of Alice in Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co.

The whimsical stationery brand is behind a new 150th anniversary version of the timeless, trippy fairy tale.<p>This year, that curious, hallucinating heroine Alice, friend of Cheshire cats and untimely rabbits, is turning 150 years old. But she doesn’t look a day over a decade in a special new edition …

A Vintage Illustrated Love Letter to Books and How They’re Made

Zen monks in 12th-century China bemoaned books as a perilous distraction to be avoided at all costs, and yet we’ve come to embrace that singular medium of immersive contemplation as one of life’s greatest joys. <i>“A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another,”</i> Rebecca Solnit wrote nine …

The Quiet Book: An Illustrated Love Letter to Life’s Meaningful Pauses

A sweet celebration of the nuanced stillnesses that comprise aliveness.<p><i>“There is the dumb silence of slumber or apathy… the fertile silence of awareness, pasturing the soul… the silence of peaceful accord with other persons or communion with the cosmos,”</i> wrote Paul Goodman in his sublime taxonomy …

Books

The Nature and Nurture of Genius: The Sweet Illustrated Story of How Henri Matisse’s Childhood Shaped His Creative Legacy

A heartening testament to the nourishing power of parental love in the cultivation of greatness.<p>At 8PM on the last day of 1869, a little boy named Henri entered the world in a gray textile-mill town in the north of France, in a rundown two-room cottage with a leaky roof. He didn’t have much …

Henri Matisse

The Best LGBT Children’s Books: A Sweet and Assuring Celebration of Diversity and Difference

From Maurice Sendak to the real-life story of a gay penguin family, by way of grandmothers and kings.<p><i>“This is the entire essence of life: Who are you? What are you?”</i> young Leo Tolstoy wrote in his journal of selfhood. The quest for an answer begins as soon as we develop theory of mind as children — …

Nature Anatomy: A Glorious Illustrated Love Letter to Curiosity and the Magic of Our World

A loving celebration of sunsets and salamanders, ferns and feathers, mountains and mushrooms, and the whole enchanting aliveness in between.<p><i>“A writer is a professional observer,”</i> Susan Sontag noted in her spectacular lecture on literature. So is any great storyteller — including the artist. After …

The Velveteen Rabbit, Reimagined with Uncommon Tenderness by Beloved Japanese Illustrator Komako Sakai

A tender tale of how the soft bonds of love confer realness upon our existence.<p><i>“Life and Reality are not things you can have for yourself unless you accord them to all others,”</i> Alan Watts wrote in his exquisite 1950s meditation on becoming who you are. But as is the case with life’s most enduring …

Literature

A Big Cheese for the White House: The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar

A Big Cheese for the White House (Paperback)<p><i>The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar</i><p>By Candace Fleming, S. D. Schindler (Illustrator)<p>Square Fish, …

A Fine Dessert: Also Known As “The Best Picture Book Ever” (for now at least)

The other day I was out for lunch with a friend right down the street from my most favorite bookstore, The Curious Reader. We stopped in on the way …

Picture books measure up

When I was a young student, I don’t recall learning about math concepts from picture books. Of course, I could simply have forgotten, but I do think …

2015 Kate Greenaway Medal picture book prize longlist - in pictures

Children and teenagers,Books,Culture,Awards and prizes,Carnegie medal,Libraries,Marcus Sedgwick,Shaun Tan,Anthony Browne,Picture books,Illustration,Design,Publishing<p>Discover the 20 longlisted contenders for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2015, including former children’s laureate Anthony Browne, …

The Best Is Yet to Come: An Early 2015 Picture Book Preview

I've said before that we are in the midst of a golden age for children's literature. Well, if the early returns are any indication, 2015 might very well be a new high water mark in the modern era of picture books. There are a staggering number of great titles this year, and none have caught …

Review: The Umbrella

I have a confession to make: I'm not a fan of wordless picture books. Even typing that feels like I am committing literary sacrilege. After all, I'm …

Kanai-kun – Matsumoto Taiyo Picture Book Review

<b>Kanai-kun</b> is a picture book illustrated by Matsumoto Taiyo ( Tekkon Kinkreet, PingPong ) and words by Tanikawa Shuntaro. The story follows a …

Nonfiction Picture Book Event-I Had No Idea-Biographies Of Known And Known People Who Changed Lives

Ever since the initial tweet went out over <i>Twitter</i> with the date for the upcoming <b>#nfpb10for10</b> I have been trying first to center on a theme, and …

Artist Carson Ellis's Charming Picture Book Celebrates the Concept of Home

You don't have to pretend you're buying this for a kid.<p>Not many picture book authors have a rock 'n roll pedigree, but artist Carson Ellis has plenty of street cred as the illustrator-in-residence for the band the Decemberists, where she has designed art for album covers, t-shirts, posters, and …