Monday, November 7, 2011

Why I love Picture Books--one of many reasons

Last night as I was reading Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth to my 6 year old twins before bed, I realized one of the most wonderful reasons why I like picture books.  Picture books connect generations of families.

My girls are in first grade, and their reading skill have suddenly progressed very quickly.  Before we started reading, one of my daughters told me that she could read the cover to me.  Not only did she read the title, but she also read to me the names of the author and illustrator, Lucy Bate and Diane de Groat, respectively.  Now I have read this book hundreds of times from sharing it with my mom when I was a little girl, to sharing with each of my four daughters.  However, this time was different.  As she read to me Diane de Groat's name, something rang a bell.

Diane de Groat is my friend on Facebook!  She is an illustrator that I have contact with.  I now run in the same social circles as someone who helped to create positive childhood experiences for me.  My mom read the book to me, I read it to my children, and I have a direct connection to the illustrator!

I can only hope that someday my written words are shared with generations of families.  Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth has made all of us smile.

Thank you Diane de Groat. . . you have made a difference

Please visit Diane's website


  1. Yikes, now I feel really old! True, this title is still in print after 35 years, which is more than I can say about 100 other of my books. Thank you for sharing this, and thank you for sharing the love of reading.

  2. I love those connections and I am so glad your six year olds still love picture books, which is as it should be. We shouldn't be limiting them to the five and under crowd!

  3. Joanna, I am glad that they still love picture books too. It makes me so happy when I see their older sisters (10 and 12) reading to them also. Everyone loves a good picture book!

  4. Very cool to find the connection. Good luck with the ideas. Lots to think and write about this month.

  5. Thanks for checking out The Write Stuff Stacy. Just joined your blog, love Thankful Thursdays!