I thought it fitting to begin the year with a celebration of my favorite thing-- books-- and one of my very favorite picture books of 2016: A Child of Books, written by Oliver Jeffers and illustrated by Sam Winston. There were extraordinarily high expectations for this duo and this story, and I am delighted to say that this book exceeded all of mine.
A Child of Books isn't your typical story: it is, instead, the journey of a young girl who sails a raft across a sea of words until she meets a young boy- a boy she invites to go with her on an adventure. The children climb "mountains of make believe" and play hide and seek in a forest where branches are drawn with phrases from fairy tales. The adventure allows the boy to unlock his imagination, resulting in an exquisite love letter to the brilliance of a reading life.
For those of you who love books, story, and the written word as much as we here at Happily Ever Elephants do, A Child of Books is one of those gorgeous, lyrical works that you will want to open and read again and again- one that resonates deeply and viscerally. It is an ode to reading, a testament to the great works of literature, and a tribute to both the sanctity and wonder that is found within a great book. This innovative masterpiece is an absolute must for any book lover, especially for those of you who grew up like me-- a child of books. Bravo!
And don't forget to check out @kidlitpicks for this month's awesome featured theme - #findyourselfinabook. A Child of Books is definitely one that resonates with me for this very reason - I was that little girl. For more great picks, make sure to check out @readingisourthing and @ilovebooksandicannotlie.