The Moon

The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson. 

The poetry here can’t be beat of course, and the illustrations offer an accessible, warm and lovely way to enjoy the words.  Stevenson evokes the wonder of a moonlit night with his poem and Pearson takes those words and makes them come alive as a father and child go on a night-time boat ride.  The paintings are evocative, often pairing just a line of words with a double-spread of page in a way that really allows children to internalize the words and bask in the beauty of the night. 

Share this with any child at all.  As a bedtime story, on your own moonlit evening, or as a great way to introduce poetry and a love of language.

Kate Greenaway Longlist

The 2007 longlist for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal has been announced. The Greenaway Medal is a UK award given for distinguished illustration in a children’s book.
I am happy to see Down the Back of the Chair on the list, but haven’t read any of the others. More books for my already-long list!