A friend of mine asked me just the other day how I come across so many cute books – she said she always gets so overwhelmed with all of the choices at the bookstores. I spend a huge portion of my time sitting on the floor at my local public library pulling books off the shelves and reading little snippets. I go to the library on average three times a week. I have checked out hundreds of books over the past year; and have the library fines to prove it. Although I check out so many I only share with you the ones that we really love.
I spend a lot of time on the internet reading about illustrators and publishers and what books are coming out. I follow a lot of my favorite authors and illustrators on Twitter and pay attention to who they follow. Here are some of my favorite places to get inspired with all of the amazing books that are out there. When I am looking for books on specific topics, I check out No Time For Flash Cards, this is a fantastic resource books that are already organized by theme/topic. Little Crooked Cottage is so helpful in sharing about new books that they love. Not to mention, my local indie bookstore and of course indie bound for what new releases are going to be on the shelves soon.
When I hear about a new book coming out I try to get my hands on it as soon as possible. I am a big proponent of using the public library – I am so fortunate that I have seven libraries within a four mile radius to choose from – basically, I place a lot of holds on books.
There are so many books out there that are just not my cup of tea. Honestly, it is shocking how many books are just massed produced and don’t have any literary value to them. I realize saying that makes me somewhat of a snob, but that is okay. I have those mass produced books too – my kids love them and they serve a purpose.
How I Choose the Books
However, with this blog what I want to do is showcase the books that are special, extraordinary, inspiring and important. On my quest to find these books I’ve realized I have a criteria for the books that make it into the tote bag and come home.
- positive story that is well written
- illustrations that support the story
- illustrations that are stunning
- a strong willed character
- something different that we don’t normally read
- a cover image that intrigues
- a new or novel way to tell a story
- story that inspires
- a story where you learn something new or want to learn more when it’s over
- story that my kids love (even if I don’t get why)
These are the criteria that the books I share with you, my lovely readers, have met in some way.
At this point I am reviewing and sharing the books that we love. However, if you would like me to review your book please contact me to do so, but please note, my thoughts and opinion are my own.