The boys got a bunch of books for Christmas, and a few have quickly become my favorites. Once Upon a Memory by Nina Laden and illustrated by Renata Liwska, Dream Animals, and Oddfellow’s Orphanage, both by Emily Winfield Martin, are so lovely that I couldn’t wait to share them with you. But I did have to wait until after Christmas, because I gave my mom and sisters copies of Dream Animals as gifts. Each book is very classic and timeless, and I consider them to be collector’s items, since the artwork is incredibly imaginative and stunning.
Once Upon a Memory is reflective and touching, recalling past experiences focusing upon memory. It’s the sort of book that makes young children smile and will probably bring a tear or two to your eye as you read it. The illustrations by Renata Liwska are very soft and innocent, and the fuzzy animals are so adorable, that I bought this book with my three-year-old in mind.
Dream Animals is the work of Emily Winfield Martin, known for The Black Apple, and it’s exciting to see her whimsical art in this new book that is perfect for bedtime. I enjoy the gorgeous illustrations as much as my boys, and the book is literally filled with with imaginative images from the very first page.
And I couldn’t help but buy Martin’s Oddfellow’s Orphanage, too, a chapter book that also features her lovely drawings. I read the first chapter to my boys, and they are still a bit young for the storyline, but older children will love the plot and the illustrations that accompany it.
What are you reading right now?