If you are between 8 and 108 years old and like to read middle grade books, then you are especially welcome here!

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Posted: March 2nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

American writer, cartoonist, animator, book publisher, and artist Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on this day in 1904 in Springfield, MA.

The New York Public Library has posted some favorite Seussian quotes. Here’s mine, from Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go!”


Coloring magic

Posted: August 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Photo found at The Daily Mail

Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford creates coloring books that take a little more time and effort to keep the color inside the lines. Complicated and beautiful, her coloring-book drawings include a special ingredient.

Magic.

Just look at these images from The Enchanted Forest, and you’ll have to agree!

 

Now get a copy of The Enchanted Forest for yourself, and break out the color pencils!


King of the Wild Things

Posted: April 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

There’s a Wild Thing in the White House!

When reading a book aloud, it’s always fun to act it out. President Obama showed bad boy Max who the REAL King of the Wild Things is when he read Where the Wild Things Are to participants in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the nation’s capitol. Grrr!


E is for Edgar

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Happy birthday to one of my all-time favorite book illustrators, Edward Gorey! Mr. Gorey long ago passed from this world to the next, but his beautiful and strange drawings will live on as long as there is imagination, humor, and weirdness in the world.


When small is big

Posted: June 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

⌃Paedophryne amauensis is a species of frog from Papua New Guinea. It is the world’s smallest vertebrate.

⌃The Lilliputian Violet, found in the Peruvian Andes mountains, grows to be only one centimeter tall.

New York City’s Little Free Library may be the world’s smallest lending library. Designed by Venezuelan architects Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente, it is one of ten mini-libraries in the city.

 

⌃This is the view upon entering this single-person space. It already looks crowded!

It has what we want, though. Books! And the instructions couldn’t be simpler. This library for people on the go is definitely a case where big things have come from something small.


Happy birthday, L. Frank Baum!

Posted: May 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »


Happy birthday, Mr. Gorey!

Posted: February 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Edward Gorey is one of my all-time favorite writers and illustrators. Celebrate his birthday by checking out his awesome art!

He created the cover of one of my all-time favorite books. Celebrate his birthday by checking it out of the library!


Book break

Posted: February 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

In a day that’s filled with school, work, and chores, it’s a blessed relief to put all worries aside and escape into the funny, exciting, suspenseful, and informative pages of a good book. What are we waiting for? Let’s all take a book break now!


Hardbacks rock, paperbacks rule!

Posted: June 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Wrap me up in moosebeards and spank me with a pine cone! THE BOY WHO HOWLED escapes into the world in paperback today. Thank you, Bloomsbury Children’s Books!


There are wild things in Heaven

Posted: May 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

“Can you draw a picture on the blackboard when somebody doesn’t want you to?” asked the rooster promptly.
“Yes,” answered Kenny, “if you write them a very nice poem.”
“What is an only goat?”
“A lonely goat,” answered Kenny.
The rooster shut one eye and looked at Kenny.
“Can you hear a horse on the roof?” he asked.
“If you know how to listen in the night,” said Kenny.
“Can you fix a broken promise?”
“Yes,” said Kenny, “if it only looks broken, but really isn’t.”
The rooster drew his head back into his feathers and whispered, “What is a very narrow escape?”
“When somebody almost stops loving you,” Kenny whispered back.

—Maurice Sendak, KENNY’S WINDOW