Monday, February 12, 2007


NEVER TOO LITTLE TO LOVE by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Jan Fearnley (Candlewick)
Tiny Too-Little has to really stretch if he wants a smooch from his long-necked love interest, but where there's a will, there's a way! A series of cut-paper pages display his attempts to pile different items on top of each other, but even when that fails, love conquers all and effectively makes the point of the title. A charming cumulative tale mixes gentle watercolors with enough novelty to stabilize the saccharine. Pre-school teachers, this title screams for a felt-board interpretation of the great object pile-up (such as the one sported by our model below on a Show-a-Tale apron from BookProps)! (3 and up)

Also of interest:

Sweet! Ten Ways to Use Books and Reading to say "I Love You" on Valentine's Day

1. Read aloud a book into a casette player, or a computer recordingdevice. Give the book and finished cassette/CD to a young loved one. Great for working parents! Kids can also make recordings as gifts for distant relatives.

2. Pack a special Valentine's Day brown-bag lunch and include a love letter to your child to read while s/he eats!

3. Make a Valentine for a favorite author or illustrator. Help your child address an envelope to the publisher (usually listed on thecopyright page of a book), and send it off.

4. Make pink fortune cookies by adding a few drops of red food coloring. Write your own fortunes together and read them aloud as you open the cookies. Recipe at .

5. Share something personal and special by reading aloud, like a childhood diary or PG-rated love letters you and your spouse exchanged.

6. Have a family read-aloud with CUPID AND PSYCHE, as told by M. Charlotte Craft and stunningly illustrated by K.Y. Craft. Need more titles for your literary love-in? For a big bouquet of lovely books that manages to avoid too much mush, check out Unlovable Love Stories.

7. Let your child tuck you in and read you a bedtime story.

8. Find your favorite childhood book and inscribe it to your child.

9. Pack a new book inside the bottom of a heart-shaped box of chocolates.

10. Take your child on a date to the library.

Remember, ten thousand pieces of research support the Department of Education's findings that read-aloud is the best thing you can do to support lifelong literacy, that it contributes to background knowledge for all subject areas, and that read-aloud should continue through the grade levels. Love learning? Read-aloud is romantic!

On a personal note: You're invited to a publication party!
A children's literature shmoozapalooza for grown-ups is
being hosted by the lovelies at Writer's Workspace on the north side of Chicago this Friday (2/16) at 6:30 p.m. in honor of my novel VIVE LA PARIS. Why don't you come by?

Links are provided for informational use. Don't forget to support your local bookseller.


Regina said...

I tried to check out that lovely-sounding hyperlink on bullet six but I wasn't able to connect. Has the link changed?

Happy (pre)Valentine's Day!

Take care,

ps. Sahara Special is just beautiful.

Esme Raji Codell said...

Sorry for the problems with the links! they are fixed. Thanks for your patience.


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