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Pirate Boy
Lovely, vibrant illustrations.
Nov 2011
Nov 09, 2011
What It Is
This book is an intriguing mix of personal memoir and creativity exercises geared toward writers, but it could be used for other types of art as well. ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 29, 2008
Illustrating Children's Books: Creating Pictures for Publication
This book is an enjoyable general overview of illustration, with everything from a history of picture books to various illustration techniques. I part ...more
Mar 18, 2008
Mar 13, 2008
While there were a lot of interesting aspects to this book-- being Japanese-American in the 50's, dealing with illness, and the family's struggle to m ...more
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Mar 10, 2008
The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1)
Maybe it's just me, but I found myself getting impatient with this book. It started off great-- love the characters and the setting and the whole prem ...more
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May 28, 2008
The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation
Again-- this should be on currently-reading. This book is a tome! It will take forever to get through but it sure looks good.

Update: I'm going to mark
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May 28, 2008
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
Love the personal story, love learning about the history, and adore the drawings. (I would love a tour inside Peter Sís's artistic brain.) Like many o ...more
Mar 18, 2008
Mar 14, 2008
Mapmaking with Children: Sense of Place Education for the Elementary Years
Lots of creative project ideas for teaching mapping skills to children. Of particular interest to me were the chapters on the role of children's cogni ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 15, 2008
Anna Karenina
Summer reading goal.

Updated 8/6/08-- Well, I started it, and like it, but I need a big chunk of time (preferably at a beach somewhere) to really diges
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Jun 11, 2008
Marcelo in the Real World
"If a kid is happy, understood, and appreciated, he will bloom in his or her own time." – from "Marcelo in the Real World

This line stopped me in my tr
Jan 2010
Jan 21, 2010
The Adventures of a Nose
***Illustration spoiler***-- It took me a page or two before I realized that each illustration of the nose makes up an entire face. Wonderful! I laugh ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 30, 2008
This book is powerful mix of serious, insightful and funny. How does LHA do that? I think anyone who's ever been in High School can find something to ...more
Oct 2008
Jul 14, 2008
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village
Each character's story blends with the whole of the book for a wonderful glimpse into Medieval history. Love the Robert Byrd illustrations.
Mar 2008
Mar 02, 2008
Al Capone Does My Shirts (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #1)
Loved it... from the unusual setting on Alcatraz to Moose and his conflicting feelings about his sister. The story and characters drew me right in.
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May 31, 2008
Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
Okay, well, let's just say it's a good one to read if you work at home! Lots of interesting information about the psychology of food.
Oct 2008
Oct 30, 2008
Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out
As with his other books, Fletcher makes writing approachable and fun for kids. And adults will learn a thing or two as well. (I did!)
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Sep 21, 2008
The Wednesday Wars
Loved the way the way the author wove together funny and serious themes. This book makes me want to go back and read Shakespeare again.
Mar 30, 2008
Mar 02, 2008
All Alone in the Universe
Okay, why isn't Goodreads letting me put this on a different shelf?? It should be on currently-reading...
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May 28, 2008
The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be The Artist You Truly Are
Once you get used to the handwriting font this book offers a lot of inspiration in small doses.
Apr 17, 2008
Mar 22, 2008
Once Upon a Banana
Davis Small is one of my favorite illustrators. Great characterization and humour in this book.
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May 03, 2008
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
I'm re-reading the gazillion art and writing books on my shelves. This is still a favorite.
Jan 2009
Feb 12, 2009
Off the Page: Writers Talk About Beginnings, Endings, and Everything In Between
I'm always game for a book full of how writers work with tidbits of inspiration along the way.
Oct 2008
Sep 26, 2008
The Arrival
Haunting yet beautiful pictures. So much emotion portrayed visually, without words.
Apr 2008
Mar 22, 2008
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat (Ottoline, #1)
I adore the way Riddell combines words and illustrations in this fun and quirky book.
Sep 2009
Sep 16, 2009
Rats on the Roof
I'm going to buy a copy of this book for whenever I need a really, really, good laugh.
Dec 2008
Dec 14, 2008
Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 1: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures
This is a wonderful book to dip in and out of for drawing insight and inspiration.
Sep 2009
Jul 08, 2009
Still Life With Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea
This book seriously makes me want to try my hand at raising chickens...
Oct 2008
Sep 22, 2008
Carmine: A Little More Red
Melissa Sweet is one of my most-favorite-illustrators, ever!
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May 22, 2008
Wow-- I love the way Donna Jo Napoli tells a story.
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Jun 06, 2008
Emily's Balloon
Sweet and simple illustrations and story. Loved it.
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May 31, 2008
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