I love quiet picture books.
I love picture books in which not much happens, and yet, so much happens.
I love picture books that make me feel strong emotions, but do so almost without my noticing.
I love picture books that make me laugh through tears.
I love picture books that make me heave a big sigh, and say "Wow," a little breathlessly, when I've turned the last page.
I love a picture book whose most powerful action is the side-by-side beating of my heart and the heart of the main character.
The books I come back to again and again are each a quiet examination of the wonder of being alive. They are about the things that happen to us and around us all the time, even when we're too busy to notice.
A quiet picture book gives us a minute to slow down, take note, feel awe, and appreciate being alive.
Happy spring everyone!