Although it doesn't quite feel like fall just yet, I'm ready for apples and pumpkins to start sprinkling in. Today I was getting some groceries and all the fall treats were there! This book Apple by Nikki McClure celebrates the seasons beautifully. 

fall apple

This is a great book to sit down with young readers. It gives you the chance to sound out one word and enjoy the illustrations. 

wait apple

These illustrations were created by using black paper and cutting away with an X-acto knife. I like figuring out how all these fine lines are connected to the imagery when looking at the book. 

spring apple

This book was originally made by hand and promoted by Nikki McClure at local bookstores. It's wonderful seeing this idea have a second life.


Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is a treasured book in our household. I grew up with a paperback of it, and it wasn't going to last the years ahead. A hardcover book was purchased a few years ago. The artwork for this book was created with colored pencils. This is a great book to explore around Earth Day.

The story takes you through Miss Rumphius' years as a child to an older woman. 

Her grandfather encourages her to go to faraway places and find something for herself to do to "make the world more beautiful". The story takes you through her journey to get there.

Miss Rumphius doesn't feel good before she finds out how to make the world more beautiful. Look at that satisfied cat.

When she feels better, she does find something to make the world more beautiful.

I wonder who Hilda is.