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My favorite children's book and why I love it:
My third grade teacher invited the author, Patricia Polacco
, to come to our classroom and read one of her famous books, Rechenka's Eggs
, and choose the winner of an egg-decorating contest. I got second place but was thrilled that I'd met a real live author! I started checking out all of the books she'd written and instantly fell in love with The Keeping Quilt
. It tells the true story of a special handmade quilt that was passed down to welcome each new generation. I was struck by the value placed on such a special handmade item and the stories that were passed down with it. I have no doubt that it's one of the reasons I love to make quilts for my own children! Each of Patricia's books are poignant and rich which is why I still enjoy checking them out from the library.
We're celebrating books all week long and, once again, we've asked some of our favorite bloggers about their favorite children's book, illustrator and more. Read on…
My children's favorite book: Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban. We found a vintage copy at a consignment sale a few years ago and have recently been gifted two new ones. Sebastian used to choose this book every night as a toddler and I bet it's where he picked up a few bad habits once he was able to get out of bed himself! These days it's Ruby first choice for a bedtime story. We love to do dramatic voices and change the ends of sentences to see if Sebastian will catch it and correct us. He always does. A few other books in heavy rotation are This is San Francisco by M. Sasek, Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina, Madeline in London by Ludwig Bemelmans, and Gordon and the Glockenspiel by Lee Ryland.
Illustrators I adore: Eric Carle, Charley Harper and James Marshall.
If my life were turned into a children's book the title would be: The Girl Who Got Lost in the Flea Market
More Rachel: You might remember Rachel from the delightful tour of Sebastian and Ruby's wonderful shared room. She is crafty and thrifty - a powerful combination! - and shares projects and inspiration on Smile and Wave.
(Images: Rachel Denbow)