8 Picture Books About Books


Written by Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

A downcast girl sits alone before dawn outside a dark house. A meteor drops an oblong object at her bare feet. When she opens it, flowers spring from its pages. Soon her world wakes and brightens as books and writing implements fill the landscape. Giant book spines replace high-rise facades; pencils (Phumiruk’s illustration medium) replace tree trunks and pointy rooftops. At school, when she begins to write, books fall from the heavens for her wonder-hungry friends. By day’s end, Beaty’s gently rhyming words are speeding their spark to countless others in “the darkest dark.”

40 pp. Abrams. $16.99. (Ages 5 to 7)

32 pp. Tilbury House. $17.95. (Ages 8 to 12)

64 pp. Enchanted Lion. $18.95. (Ages 4 and up)


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