One of the unexpected pleasures I've encountered in becoming a parent is the opportunity to read children's books. I'm truly grateful that C loves reading (fingers crossed it lasts) and fortunately our local library has a wonderful picture book collection (along with fantastic "Storytime" sessions which we get to every now and then) so we have a constantly changing selection at home.
Such is my love of the picture book I even started to entertain thoughts of writing and illustrating a children's book, but when Mum produced a couple of books that I wrote and illustrated when I was in high school (talk about a flashback to a forgotten memory) I decided I could tick that off my list of things to do in life (not only did I get a mark of 9/10 for "Kevin the Crab", but C seems to enjoy it!). Instead, I enjoy the opportunity to explore what our library has on offer, or linger in the children's picture book aisle of my favorite bookshops, taking delight in entertaining plots and characters, pleasing prose and rhymes, and appreciating beautiful illustrations and different drawing styles.
A couple of our recent library favorites are an old flashback- The Giant Jam Sandwich (more flashbacks for the older folk here) and a more recent book, The Curious Garden, inspired by the amazing High Line railway park in New York.