Wednesday, November 4, 2009

When I was a Girl I Dreamed...

I may have mentioned in passing that I like books a little. I also love childrens's books. My best friend in high school even bought me children's books for my birthday one year. I thought I wanted to write them for awhile but rejection slip after rejection slip convinced me that maybe that's not what I wanted to do. I've never done well with rejection... Maybe when I'm all grown up I'll try again, but for now I just read other people's books and now that I actually have kids, I have an excuse to buy them.

I have my own private collection of books that I will read to the kids, but they aren't allowed to have them in their room to trash. They go on mommy's bookshelf, way up high. Every once in awhile I find a good one that I fall in love with and it's added to the top shelf. Sometimes it's the story line that I like, sometimes, most of the time, it's the illustrations.

Which brings me to Mark Ludy. Several years back, I had the opportunity to meet him at a local Art Fair. I fell in love with his books and bought several, which he kindly autographed. I have since acquired this print:



And this one...



Aren't they great?!? I can't say enough nice things about him. I love his illustrations and attention to detail. Every time you look at one of his illustrations you find something new. They just make me smile.

And so, in celebration of my 149th follower (!!)(It was going to be in celebration of 150, but I'm kind of excited about this and I didn't want to wait...), I'm giving one of his autographed books away!


When I Was A Girl I Dreamed...written by Margaret Baker and JP Matott, illustrated by Mark Ludy.

It's a cute story and the illustrations, of course, are amazing. All you need to do to enter is comment with your favorite children's author, story or book. You do have to be a follower, so if you're not already, just click that little follow button and be my friend!

Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my posts. I've "met" so many amazing people through this blog and read so many amazing posts. You guys are great! I love all of you!

34 comments:

Rianna and Eli s Mommy said...

congrats! Thats an awesome number of followers!!! (no i didn't disappear, just been really sick :( )

i don't think i could pick just one book! Rianna LOVES Goodnight Moon, and has had it memorized forever. That and Llama Llama Mad at Mama ;) not the pajama one... no, not my kids! They like the book about tantrums...

maybe i should be concerned :)

~Missy~ said...

Ashlyn's fav, currently is The Tasha Tudor Book of Fairy Tales...she adores finding little things in the borders around the stories...
I do admit, we are lacking good books with illustrations that equal them. I think this is one I'm going to hunt down..for her, yeah, that's my story, for my girl LOL

brainella said...

I was a children's librarian for years and I love picture books. A few of my favorites are...

Moss Gown by William Hooks
Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin
What! Cried Granny by Kate Lum
and just about anything by Mo Willems.

I could go on and on and on... :-)

Martinis or Diaper Genies? said...

Is it ok to read Glamour Magazine to your kids?

Mass Hole Mommy said...

Cool! I have never heard of this author. I am going to look for his books now because they seem so cool! Thanks for the info!!

AngieB said...

The best childrens' books are just magical, aren't they? Probably my all-time faves are "In the Night Kitchen" and "Snowmen at Night", but I also love "Raising Dragons". Ilearned early to splurge and buy two copies of my absolute favorites: one ratty, paperback, yard-sale or thrift-store copy the kids could have and one good copy that gets read with Mom or Dad. This also allowed my husband to read a favorite book to the boys over the phone when he was out of town and they could follow along with their own copy!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I love the old time favorites like A Fish Out of Water and Dr. Seuss books for reading out loud. I also enjoy Shel Silverstein books because they are quirky and funny. My favorites when I was a kid was anything by Beverly Clearly, Judy Blume, Carolyn Haywood. I also like Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and Pippi Longstocking. Thanks for the memories. His illustrations are wonderful!

Alice in Wonderland said...

I have many kid's books, and collected first readers for a while. My oldest one is pre-WW1, but I love them all! One of my favourites is "Badgers Beech" by Ellison Trevor, yes, the same guy who wrote "Flight of the Phoenix"! But he wrote children's books first, and the adventures of Old Stripe, Potter and Digger Mole, and not forgetting Whoo, the old owl that gets stuck in a barrel of Rhum still make me laugh until I cry!

Mandy said...

My favorite children's book is "I'll Love You Forever" but I can't get through it without crying yet! {and I am a follower!}

elasticwaistbands said...

anything shel silverstein. love him.

i'm already a follower...

Daffy said...

OH MY gosh...OH MY GOSH! I LOVE book giveaways! Really! I have't ever entered a children's book giveaway! My daughter has been a book NUT since before she was born. She'll climb into you lap and say book very loudly while handing you her favorites. She's 14 months....and so smart if I may say so myself. She'll sit and read for HOURS.... so as for favorites???I have to choose just one??? Right now its Hand Hand Fingers Thumb by Suess....there are so many we love....

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

That looks like a lovely book! The illustrations are always what draw me in to children's books.

Charisse and Holly said...

All through college and early marriage I collected childrens books. I wanted to write them too. Never tried...too scared. I had such a collection before kids ever came into the picture. LOVE them! Have a great day...and come by if you get the chance today. Holly at lifelaughlatte.blogspot.com

Willoughby said...

I love, love, love children's books! I'm especially crazy about vintage books. Their illustrations are always so charming. I have a collection of vintage children's mystery books that I adore.

My favorite children's book is Stellaluna by Jannell Cannon. My son has an autographed copy. Even at 16 years old, it is one of his prized possessions. We were not lucky enough to meet the author, but the Hearth Song catalog had a limited number of autographed copies for purchase years ago. I'm also pretty sentimental about Goodnight Moon. I read it to both of my kids so many times when they were little. "In the great green room there was a telephone....."

I hear what you're saying about rejection. I wrote a series of children's books a few years ago, but I haven't had the courage to do anything with them.

Susan Fobes said...

I love those pictures! Goodnight Moon was my daughter's favorite when she was a toddler-we read it just about every night. (Goodnight comb, goodnight brush, goodnight nobody, goodnignt mush... I can still remember it.)

The Waylaid Wordsmith said...

I love kids books! I'm a big Dr. Seuss fan. I also like Shel Silverstein (partly because I can't believe the same mind that created The Giving Tree and all those wacky poems also wrote hilariously inappropriate songs like A Boy Named Sue)

One of my all-time favourites that I only discovered recently is The Gruffalo (by Julia Donaldson).

You know how much my kids love monsters...Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich was a huge hit at my house, and the illustrations are fantastic. It's poetry about monsters. Very funny. It's written and illustrated by Adam Rex. He's illustrated a number of other books as well, I really like his style.

I know everybody loves Goodnight Moon, but I have to say I'm not a huge fan despite reading it about 80 bazillion times. I got ahold of a monster parody of it recently called Goodnight Goon that's awesomely fantastic, though. ;)

This is a topic I could go on about indefinitely, so I should probably quit while I'm ahead. I'll have to write a post about kids books soon, now my brain is overflowing with thoughts on the subject.

Camille said...

Goodnight Moon and The Giving Tree, though both published years before I was born, were given to me for my 5th birthday from my mom. They had been her copies and she even had scribbled her name into the top corner of the first page. I still have both books, though not exactly well taken care of, on my bookshelf in my college apartment (right beside my coloring books and 120 count crayola crayons box with surprise sharpener inside!) The plan is when (after vows and all that jazz) I have children I'll pass the books on to my first born as my mom did me. :)

blueviolet said...

I adore children's books too. My kids are too old for them now but I can not and will not ever give them up! I love this author you've mentioned!!!

Holly said...

Scary I donlt remember much but I stillhave

Nursery Tales Children Love - it is ripped and full of scribbles but still charming and wonderful.

I also have the book Heidi which I loved.

Holly

Flory said...

Congrats on your followers!! Those prints are beautiful.

My favorite children's book is "Horton Hears a Who". I love the story of how one believed and defended such a small people, even facing ridicule, and how no matter how loud we get as a people, sometimes, that one last voice is what we need to be heard.

I'm a follower.

Seriously Why Can't I? said...

Wow, 149...well it looks like you hit 150, you should be very proud of yourself. That is awesome!!!

Where the Wild Things Are, always held a huge place in my heart. You can imagine how excited I was to see it on the big screen. But was equally grateful I was able to hold on to the book for 30 years before it hit the theaters.
We also are big fans of Robert Munsch, his books are so expressive and great to read to the girls.

When did I become my Mom said...

You know what... you should still write. Write for your kids. No rejection letter there. Don't let that dream die hon.

Like you, I grew up with a loooove of books. Books are what I got every Christmas. If I was lucky, I got a little stack of them and I'd devour them. (True story, husband bought me the Lord of the Rings trilogy one year which I'd never read, and I read them through non-stop in less than a week).

I think there's something lost in not growing up with the likes of Enid Blyton to entertain you. I think the ones I was most passionate about were the Famous Five. (I was a dreamer, what can I say!)

When did I become my Mom said...

Oh and congrats on your 149th follower! :-)

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

Really swesome artwork. Would love a piece of his to hang in my home. I'm gonna surf around the web for more of his work.

Thanks!

Conquer The Monkey said...

congrats on all the loyal followers you deserve it!!!
killer photos too....

r u s s said...

I agree that the illustrations are awesome.Ü Are those the covers of his books or some of the pages?

Maureen said...

Oh wow! I really like your print (the first one). A print like that could totally absorb me for hours.
My favorite kids book is an unusual one. It's a true story about Nin the cat who live, and was very much loved, in the Washington weather conservatory for many years.
Cat in the Clouds by Eric Pinder is a beautiful story.
Maureen. www.thepizzagang.com

Fruitful Vine2 said...

Visiting via SITS. Have a great day.

Elizabeth said...

I always loved There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. There are some very intricate versions of this book out there.

We have a children's book store in Cambridge called Curious George...I love the social issues section. "Teeth Are Not for Biting" and "Why Do I Have to Have a Little Brother?"

:-)

Buckeroomama said...

I'm so glad you stopped by my blog. ...and so happy to 'discover' yours. I really enjoy reading through your posts. I'm following you now. Will definitely be back for more. :)

Mamahood, Among Other Things...

panamamama said...

That is so hard! I love kid's books more than adult books I think! Some of my faves:Kate Greenway, Stephen Cosgrove, Maurice Sendak, Jan Brett, Ezra Jack Keats, Philomen Stuges, Dr. Seuss, EB White....

Sharon said...

So hard to pick! Its a tie, with Dr. Seusse's Oh the Places You'll Go, and his The Lorax!

Bethany said...

I've never heard of these books! I'm a preschool teacher so I'm always looking for new books to show my students- these are going on my list. :) Thanks!

GrammieMommy said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog..Much appreciated. I love reading your blog and these are cool books! Hope to learn more about you and your family. Take care!
Bri

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