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I love children’s books and lately amongst the various other reading that I am nibbling away at, I am also weaving in several children’s picture books and books about children’s books.

One of the books I am currently reading is Everything I Need to Know I Learned from A Children’s Book: Life Lessons from Notable People from All Walks of Life edited by Anita Silvey. This is a wonderful collection of interviews turned into brief essays of leaders from various fields, accompanied by a photo of the chosen book, a summary, and an excerpt. I recognize some of the books from my childhood and jump for joy inside at having my memory jogged and remembering more books. And there are several books that I have not heard of before or have not read, which makes it like an adventure—in search for more worlds that I may have missed, that I can still return to.

This is an incredibly inspiring book that demonstrates the profound affect that books have on our young minds and how books continue to inspire and encourage us to pave our paths in life.

Here is a fantastic video published by the Library of Congress of Anita Silvey discussing her book. It provides additional insights and images of each of the chosen leaders she interviewed for her book

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNvKfZjDOV8

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Childhood Garden
by Rebbecca Hill (Rebb)

I water the wildflowers that reside within my soul,
tend to those wild abundant gardens.

Flowers bloom,
petals dance and spring about,

for the spirit of childhood—
that magic palace of wonder and curiosity
will live on—it must.

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Wildflowers

Keep those wildflowers blooming.  I love the art work in children's books.  I also like to use junior high and middle school nonfiction books sometimes to give me a brief overview of some subject I am ignorant of.

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Yes, the art work in

Yes, the art work in children's books is wonderful and the variety blows my mind. I have also turned to junior high and middle school books for brief overviews of certain subjects. I especially like the DK Eyewitness books on a variety of subjects that are filled with great images for visual learners.