Beloved Books to Share with Babies

Years ago, when I e-mailed David Tolk to ask permission to use his beautiful song on this site, he wrote back with a comment that still warms me today:  “Some of my most cherished moments in life have been spent reading children’s books to my little ones at bedtime.  Thanks for your great work.” Though […]

A Little Yard to Play with Flowers

Reading the whimsical picture book, When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy by Valorie Fisher, to my younger son recently, I found a delightful depiction of my philosophy of gardening:  Plant what you love! Just a few weeks ago, my garden was sleeping.  My friend, who lives in a high rise, asked to see it, but […]

A Picture Book-Inspired Home (Part II in Decorating Series)

Bunny Day by Rick Walton, illustrated by Paige Miglio, teaches children the concept of time.  Flipping through the gorgeous illustrations offers adults fodder for dreams.  This book contains a plethora of decorating ideas for anyone who’d like their home to look as though it were plucked from the pages of a picture book. The Cuckoo […]

Picture Books as Interior Design Manuals (Part I)

This is the first post in a series on decorating your home according to children’s books.    What I’ve always wanted most in a house is coziness— a house that smiles, a home that points to heaven.   What  better place to get decorating ideas than from the pages of children’s books! Goodnight Moon is a good […]

Hope for the Flowers

I glimpse wings from the window of my bedroom and walk outside for a closer look.  I’d read that Gregg’s Blue Mistflower was a butterfly magnet, but this?  Six pairs of wings! I drop to my knees, snapping pictures.  The monarchs fold their wings like praying hands while sipping.  Then, effortlessly, they flutter above my […]