Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.
A Day So Gray
Written by Marie Lamba
Illustrated by Alea Marley
Published by Clarion Books (2019)
When I saw Marie Lamba’s A Day So Gray online, I thought it would be perfect to share during winter. Just by looking at the cover, I initially thought that this book is about friendship and winter. It is, and it is also so much more than that.
A Day So Gray is about two friends who decide to hang out one winter day. One girl is not too thrilled about the dull colors of winter, while the other girl sees the world differently. This book is a celebration of colors and nature, portraying a fresh look at winter.
Written by Deborah Underwood
Illustrated by Irene Chan
Published by Henry Holt and Co (2019)
Deborah Underwood’s Finding Kindness is a charming picture book that celebrates the different forms of kindness. In this book, Underwood takes readers across the neighborhood and out into the community, where they could see acts of kindness and compassion. From a simple cat rescue to the more complex concept of forgiving a friend who got mad, Finding Kindness is a beautiful reminder that the smallest acts go a long way. This is another example of a book that has very little text with big meaning.