Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Kristin Blackwood

Ah, I understand how Ivy Van Allsberg feels. Winter wears long for me, too. I look forward to spring, “when the world is mud-luscious” and “puddle-wonderful.” And March, especially, with it’s glimpses of better weather, followed by snow, can get long. Ivy in Bloom is really cute. The author takes …

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers

My mom and I were at the bookstore the other day looking for Christmas gifts and ran across this lovely little book. Happily, she bought it. I’m not sure if she’s keeping it or giving it to my niece, but either is a good choice. I love introducing kids to …

Morning the Burned House by Margaret Atwood

I’ve read several of Atwood’s books over the years, but that’s not why I picked this one up, even though I do enjoy the short pieces of hers I’ve read. When we heard Louise Penny speak, she said that several pieces of the poetry in her Gamache series come from …

Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs by Erik Didriksen

Pop Sonnets is a cute, quirky little book. Didriksen takes popular songs from over the years, oldies through today’s hits, and Shakepereanizes them, with the appropriate vocabulary and meter. There are few books I read parts of out loud to my husband, but this was one of them. It’s fun to …