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NPBM Blog-Along: Outer Space

Did you know that November is Picture Book Month?

Trick question, because it never was before but now it is!  Picture Book Month is an international initiative to celebrate children’s books and debunk the rumor that printed books will cease to exist because of new technology.  Go read more at founder Dianne de Las Casas’ website, and tune in for the blog posts by famous authors and illustrators.  There’s even a calendar with different themes for each day of November, so you can play along.

You know I can’t resist a good picture book, so this is right up my alley!  Instead of NaNoWriMo or any of the other 30-Day-Blog-Challenges, I’ve decided to take on Picture Book Month as my own personal blogging challenge–I will highlight one book a day that goes along with the theme for that day, in addition to my regular blogging.  Join me for Picture Book Month and share your favorite picture books!

November 2, 2011
Theme: Outer Space

This one stumped me a bit, because I don’t have any favorite picture books about outer space, and I can’t even remember any good space books that I’ve read when I was a school librarian.  So I’m going to have to stretch this one a bit.

Today’s book is The Rainbabies, written by Laura Krauss Melmad and illustrated by Jim LaMarche.

Streeeeetching the theme a bit much, I admit.  But where did the little rainbabies come from?  Maybe outer space?  Anyway, all reasoning aside, I chose this book because it’s magical and other-worldly and beautiful.  An older couple who could never have children are surprised by a dozen rain babies that they must protect.  After caring for them against all harm (earth, wind, and fire, if I remember correctly) they are given a real child as their own.  Such a sweet, perfect story.

I remember…

:: wanting my own rainbabies, or imagining myself as miniature

:: liking this story the best of all the “old couple who are magically given a child” folk tales

:: savoring the illustrations, especially the warmth and lighting

:: never in a million years thinking I would call this an “outer space” book!

What’s your favorite Outer Space picture book?

Tune in tomorrow for the next picture book, and check out Picture Book Month’s website too!

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3 thoughts on “NPBM Blog-Along: Outer Space

  1. I like “Company’s Coming” written by Arthur Yorinks and illustrated by David Small. It’s a humorous book about a visit from space aliens. I think it must be out of print, but I bet you can find it in the library.

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