Our family might have a bit of an addiction. But it’s one I feel okay enabling.
We love kids’ books and children’s lit. We have a lot of it and our collection seems to be growing exponentially. Our four foot wide, three shelf high bookcase in the bedroom is packed. The display case in the sunroom is overflowing. Both Jeff and I have stacks on our nightstands. Yet we flock to the library weekly and no used bookstore goes by un-perused.
One of the places we always strike gold is at the Goodwill in Redding. Their kid’s book section is loaded, untouched and filled with vintage goodness. I s’pose folks there prefer to go to Barnes and Nobles. Lucky for us, because we are the richer for it. And it is there we have deepened in love with our biggest obsession. The work of Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall.
I mentioned Byrd Baylor on this blog a few years ago, and we still consider Everybody Needs a Rock to be one of our favorites. This book was our gateway into a full blown affair. Baylor, being a soul sister in natural history and animism is in a perfect creative marriage with Parnall’s illustrations. Her words ring with sacred silence and his drawings give me the chills.
Recently, we acquired a few books written and illustrated by Parnall only. I’ve scanned in some of my favorite illustrations here for you, both from his work with Baylor and also his solo work. Enjoy!
From The Other Way to Listen
The Desert is Theirs
The Way to Start a Day
Annie and the Old One
I think, as far as addictions go, this is a good one to have.
I encourage you to Google Baylor and Parnall and check out their other titles. You can often find them on Amazon for a penny.
I bet y’all have your own favorite children’s authors (Hellooooo Baum, Alcott, White, Lewis…). What are your secret finds? What are your heart’s favorites?
P.S. I actually don’t have terrible grammar. The title is from this song.