Miss Rumphius - Barbara Cooney
Annie and the Wild Animals - Jan Brett
Imogen's Antlers - David Small
Cross Country Cat - Mary Calhoun
Night in the Country - Cynthia Rylant
Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig - Eugene Trivizas and Helen Oxenbury
Coyote Stories for Children - Susan Strauss
and Genie Wheelwright shares:
"One of my favorites of past years is Any Bitter Thing, by Monica Wood. It is meaty, enchanting, compelling and deals with a number of basic human moral issues we can all relate to. Ms. Wood is from Portland, and the novel takes place in Maine, which adds another wonderful element. I gave this book to many different people from out of state for Christmas, and they have universally loved it. One Seattleite opined it would surely win a national award if it just got the publicity attention it deserved."
We agree, and would also recommend her wonderful Ernie's Ark, as well as her Pocket Muse, guaranteed to help kick-start your own writing projects.