Name: Esther Garfield
Online home: BuyModernBaby
My favorite children's book and why I love it: As I pick just one, I remember dozens of others that I could mention in its place. For today I'll say Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. I fell in love with the entire series of books around 4th grade and have enjoyed them nearly as much as an adult. How can you not love a world where any child's behavior can be corrected with a simple plan in just a matter of days?! And how cool is a a woman who lives in an upside down house? Don't tell me you've never wanted to visit one of those.
My children's favorite books: David (Age 6): Early on David was a fan of everything by Byron Barton. I'm pretty certain we can read these books even with our eyes closed. There's a lot to be learned through their simplicity. For a while, Big Joe's Trailer Truck by Joe Matthieu was a nightly favorite. We're on our third copy of that book as we've worn through the first two! Recently we've moved on to books for bigger boys. We enjoyed a few volumes of Harry Potter, followed by The Hobbit and for the past couple months we've been experiencing the adventure of The Lord of the Rings.
Evan (Age 3): When Evan was smaller, Bus Stops and My Friends by Taro Gomi were in heavy circulation. Big Red Barn, a classic soothing story, was always a bedtime hit, and Evan recently selected Bear Snores On as one of his favorite books. I absolutely love reading that one to him. It's full of great rhymes and creatures whose voices I've got down pat!
An illustrator I adore: I have always adored Mercer Mayer. From the fun details in the Little Critter collection to the grand and glorious illustrations for "Beauty and the Beast" and "East of the Sun and West of the Moon", I will never tire of flipping through the pages of anything illustrated by Mercer Mayer.
If my life were turned into a children's book the title would be: Around the World and Back Home to Florida
More Esther: When it comes to modern, stylish products for babies and kids, Esther is on top of it. She shares her finds on BuyModernBaby the blog and helpfully compiles them into useful categories in the BuyModernBaby Guide. She has great taste and has her finger on the pulse of the modern baby world.
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