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NPBM Blog-Along: Farm

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 19, 2011
Theme: Farm

The Year at Maple Hill Farm, written and illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen

This delightful book is just like a walk through a farm, with knowledgeable farmer neighbors leading the way.  Each month is described by how it affects the animals and life on the farm, accompanied by lovely illustrations.  This is one of those times when complex plots and intricate illustrations are unnecessary; it is enough to identify the animals and love their antics.  I imagine this would be a sweet story for the very young, learning about seasons and animals and pointing out everything they can identify by what sound it makes.  (I bet most two year olds can say “Moo” before they can say their own name!)

I remember…

:: finding this book on SouleMama’s blog, and requesting in from PaperbackSwap.com… as a twenty-two year old (still obsessed with Children’s literature)

:: wishing I lived on/grew up on/could visit a working farm and live out my “Anne” fantasies!

:: one of my few brushes with farm animals… visiting baby lambs in MS

Valentine's Day 2009

What’s your favorite Farm picture book?

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

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