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Poems by Cynthia Rylant In Waiting to Waltz, Rylant shares poems of her time growing up in Beaver, West Virginia. In some ways, this collection of poems about reads like a memoir and a series of snapshots from throughout her formative years. We learn through this collection that Rylant grew up in a single parent […]

By Cynthia Rylant Illustrated by Mary Blair This telling of the Cinderella story is the same one many readers familiar to those who have seen the Disney movie version of the tale. The illustrator, Mary Blair, also worked on the movie as the conceptual designer, creating a familiar visual appeal. Rylant beautifully crafts her words […]

What’s Living in Your Kitchen? By Andrew Solway This informative picture book is a glimse into the hidden, microscopic world all around us In the Hidden Life series, Solway investigates different realms of these little worlds –  other books including  What’s Living on Your Body?, What’s Living in Your Backyard?, and What’s Living in Your […]

Joyful Noise


In Joyful Noise, a collection of two poems for two-voices, Fleischman has created a series of poems about all kinds of insects from classics like grasshoppers and fireflies, to less known critters like requiems. In each poem, Fleischman captures the essence of the personality of each type of creature. For example, in “Book Lice”, a […]

I Had Seen Castles by Cynthia Rylant is the story of John Dante at the time in his life when he is just reaching adulthood. The story takes begins as the United States is forced in WWII after the attack upon Pearl Harbor by Japan. John, like many of the other young men at the […]

Missing May


By Cynthia Rylant In Missing May, Rylant tells the story of a twelve-year old girl named Summer who lives with her distant relatives Ob and May after her mother passes away. The story’s core is about Summer and Ob coping with the death of May. For awhile, the two subsided their true grief, feeling the […]

In The Van Gogh Cafe, I was charmed by the stylistic crafting characteristic of Cynthia Rylant’s writing in many of her picture books. Rylant’s use of unconventional constructions pulled me closely into the words – each one seeming to strategic, essential, important. The stylistic achievements gained from these unconventional constructions were obvious, but I noted […]