Summer Reading

Monday, June 27, 2011

This past Saturday was "Save Bookstores" Day, so I adventured to the distant land of Brookline and finally visited the cozy "Children's Bookshop" to find some breezy summertime treasure:

(Woah pink gingham!)

Holly Hobbie's paintings in Everything but the Horse were exactly how she described them, "an illustrated memory"...so lush and cool, like a sip of something in the shade. I hadn't read E. B. White's Trumpet of the Swan since 3rd grade. I'm rationing the delectable chapters out for summer nights and T trips. And I'm just meeting Katy Carr in What Katy Did.

When I was a kid, there was nothing so magical or hallowed as the library grounds in summer. Yum. My little wish is that someday the book covers I'm working on finally end up as summer reading: hauled on vacation, fingerprinted with jelly, sandy spine up in the grass under a tree somewhere...

Happy summer reading!
In memoriam: The beloved Curious George of Harvard Square; please don't forget your local bookshops this summer

5 comments:

Mai Kemble said...

this is a great post!
:)
I just started re-reading Anne of Green Gables for the millionth time...
:)
cheers to you for supporting bookstores!

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

Thanks for the prompt about remembering the independent bookshops! We have lost some wonderful ones here in Seattle...sigh. Your summer reading list is a good one...I fondly remember What Katy Did, so it is a very pleasant blast-from-the-past. All said, I have no doubt your art will grace the covers of beloved summer-reading books :)

martinealison said...

Gros bisous et merci pour cette jolie publication.

jess golden illustration said...

love that bookshop...!

Jackie said...

I have no doubt that you will one day pen your own kids book, and it will be spectacular! Have a sparkly 4th!