Tagged with Children’s Books

In Celebration of Matilda

In Celebration of Matilda

I always find it impossible to say which of Roald Dahl’s books is my favorite, but it’s usually a close tie between Fantastic Mr. Fox and Matilda. Here’s a link to a lovely little interview from NPR with Roald Dahl’s daughter Lucy Dahl, in which she reads an excerpt from a letter he wrote to … Continue reading

Red Riding Hood by Nicole Gustafsson

Red Riding Hood by Nicole Gustafsson

I love how this depiction of Red Riding Hood shows her wielding a knife, perched up in the branches of a tree where she’s defending herself against the wolves below. She reminds me of Katniss Everdeen in this pose, ready to take on whatever is thrown her way. A fairy tale heroine with agency: I’d like … Continue reading

Outlawed Artist: Tomi Ungerer

Outlawed Artist: Tomi Ungerer

I’ve been meaning to do a post on this fantastic artist and children’s book author for a while. We had several of his books around the house growing up, but one in particular, The Three Robbers (pictured below), was my favorite. It tells the story of three robbers who roam the countryside armed with a blunderbuss, … Continue reading

Great Women in History: Astrid Lindgren

Great Women in History: Astrid Lindgren

Growing up with a Swedish mother, my sister and I were fortunate enough to be indoctrinated in to all things Astrid Lindgren related, from a very young age. We had hand me down copies of all of her books, dog-eared and crinkled with time. Our mother handmade us dolls of our favorite characters. We were … Continue reading

Farewell to Maurice Sendak

Farewell to Maurice Sendak

I wanted to do a post in honor of Maurice Sendak, who died today at the age of 83, after a lifetime of writing and illustrating. I grew up reading and loving his books alongside countless other kids around the world, and as an adult grew to appreciate his bizarre and imaginative work even more. … Continue reading