Pam Webb

a writer's journey as a reader


The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is extending Bookstop until December 16th.

This means you can go to Bookstop and shop for some amazing children’s literature like:

Yes, this is blatant self-promotion

Of course you are encouraged to look beyond my picture book (although it is a dandy gift for those who look forward to being with loved ones again, like grandparents). There are lots of great authors and books to be found on Bookstop.

Speaking of picture books…

November was designated Picture Book Month, yet I just came across information that said December was Children’s Book Month. Okay. How about every month be celebrated as reading kid lit? I see that hand. Done deal.

Here is a collection of PBs I have enjoyed as a child and as an adult:

It’s tough to choose just one Dr. Seuss, but this one showcases the good doctor’s talent with rhythm and rhyme.
Peter’s innocence and wonder during his winter day exploration is timeless.
How often is a book so endearing that statues are created honoring the book?
I used to give this one to my college friends because college can definitely have its rough days.
This was a favorite with my kids
The expression is a part of my lexicon with the idea of one thing leads to another.
This is how retellings are best retold.
I am a Boynton fan through and through.
I want to become Miss Rumphius when I grow up.
A fan of Kevin Henkes also.
Subtle, yet hilarious.
Inspired our family to endlessly play with big boxes which worked out well since we had no furniture for the living room when we first moved to our rural homestead.

And this is my latest read. Won this little gem through a drawing Mike Allegra offered. Such a floofy fun read.

So many more picture books I could mention. Now, it’s your turn. What are your favorites? Classics? Newly found?

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  1. Pam do you recall a children’s book about a child who sick in bed so he sets up an elaborate system of strings and pulleys around his room so he doesn’t have to get out bed? As a kid I was so taken by the book that I set up my own version of it, which lasted until my mom cleaned my room and removed all the string.

  2. I searched under that name and was brought to “A Big Ball of String” by Marion Holland from 1958.

    Funny, I had searched for it before but found nothing. But, as Lucy Van Pelt says, “THAT’S IT!”

    I would love to read it again one day. It certainly made, in a small but significant way, a mark on my life. I still have the everything-connected-by-string fantasy of living (not to be confused with the famous mathematical framework)

    Thanks, Pam, you are a pip.

  3. I just ordered a book that was published in 1964. I read it so often in my childhood that I remembered all of the sections and some of the poems. It’s called Just Around the Corner by Leland Jacobs. I hugged it when it arrived in the mail. It still feels magical.

    • Picture books are time machines. They can get us traveling back to our childhood with a flip of a page. Did you see any books on my list that you know?

      • I wore out Dr. Seuss when I was little, really the only other picture books I ever had. And there’s only two on your list that I didn’t read with my son: Owen and Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing. That latter one looks hilarious. I’m going to have to look these two up…and of course, I’ve got that capybara book!!! Heh heh…

  4. What a great collection. I am at times disappointed by the art that accompanies picture books, but all of these look excellent.

  5. So many books, so little time! I recommend anything from Flashlight Press: Grandpa for Sale, Getting to Know Ruben Plotnick, Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie, Carla’s Sandwich, Pobble’s Way, and so many more whose titles I didn’t remember off the top of my head, like the story of a young girl in a pirate family who would rather read than do what buccaneers do, and one about a little girl whose mother has her schedule so full of activities she has no time to be a kid—until she takes matters into her own hands.

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