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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Little Willow's Book Bag

This Week's Picks (Notable re-reads!)
Dancing on the Head of a Pin by Thomas E. Sniegoski
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moises Kaufman

For Your Younger Siblings
Peg Leg Peke by Brie Spangler
Piper Reed Gets a Job by Kimberly Willis Holt, illustrated by Christine Davenier
Tickety Tock by Jason Robert Brown, illustrated by Mary Grandpre, based on The Schmuel Song from The Last Five Years
The New Girl...and Me by Jacqui Robbins, illustrated by Matt Phelan
It's Picture Day Today by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Katherine Tillotson
Minifred Goes to School by Mordicai Gerstein
Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School by Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrated by Ard Hoyt

This Month's Spotlighted Title
Graceling by Kristin Cashore


JRB said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Little Willow!

Little Willow said...

I'm extremely flattered that Jason commented on this post.

Thank you, Jason, for the inspiration you've given to me as a singer, composer, actor, and writer.

For those who aren't familiar with the work of musical mastermind Jason Robert Brown, please become familiar with it at once. I promise you'll be happy that you did.

My favorite musical of his is The Last Five Years, followed by Parade. I'm a musical theatre actress, and roles in each of those shows are on my list of parts I'd love to play.

Lorie Ann Grover said...

How awesome, LW! Thanks, Jason! Can't wait to check out your work.

Shelf Elf said...

Nice choices LW. I think Neil Gaiman's CRAZY HAIR is indeed, crazy.

I'll have to check out Jason's work!

Katherine said...

Dear Little Willow,

Thanks for the call-out for our latest book, It's Picture Day Today!

The seed for the story was planted on an afternoon that the author Megan McDonald spent with her three-year-old niece. They sat together at a kitchen table with paper, buttons, pom-poms, sequins and all manner of things spread out in front of them.

The little girl had never been introduced to glue. Imagine her delight when gradually, bit by bit, a clown emerged!

I like to think that this new book is a metaphor for all of us. We each put ourselves together, bit by bit, in surprising and totally unique ways.

Look for related kid craft activities to be posted soon at www.itspicturedaytoday.com

Katherine Tillotson

Deborah Reber said...

Thank you so much for including In Their Shoes as a September recommended read! I'm so honored to be in such good company :)

XOXO Debbie Reber

Little Willow said...

Hi Katherine! Thanks for dropping by, and thanks for the backstory. Your collaborations with Megan are adorable. I requested It's Picture Day Today from the library after reading about it at the Seven Impossible Things blog.

Hi Debbie!

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