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Books to spread joy and cheer

Books to spread joy and cheer

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” - The HobbitBreathing in the brisk air, the smell of pine as we walk through our front door, baking cookies, and twinkling lights - the holiday season is palpable. A unique...

Bookshops

Bookshops

This year has been a big year for books! When the world shut down, we turned to books for comfort and the power of stories. This season when you are looking to buy books you can help our indie bookshops by buying from them directly or by using Bookshop. Bookshop...

Banned Books

Banned Books

It's banned book week! Today looks different from the days when The Paper Bag Princess was challenged for being "anti-family". The banned books in our home arrived because we love reading. Most are considered classics, and as I placed them together for this photo, I...

‘The Night Before Christmas’ illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa

‘The Night Before Christmas’ illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa

Every year I share this book and it's the most highly requested for a look inside. If you have been following Secret Society Of Books for a while, you know my love for vintage books. Gyo Fujikawa is special. Her work is exquisite and that is why this book is so well...

Maurice Sendak: Beyond the Wild Things

Maurice Sendak: Beyond the Wild Things

Like most people, my first introduction to Maurice Sendak was through the picture book Where The Wild Things Are. I was immediately smitten from storyline to the exquisite use of textures. It felt as if Sendak had been the inventor of crosshatching. However when I...

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This stunningly sweet picture book captures the true creative spirit!

To Make, “gather, make, wait”

If you have a cake, a poem, a story - this book is a nod to the patience, and resilience that comes from the creative process.

Mags DeRoma’s illustrations are a visual delight. You’ll feel a spark of inspiration growing with each spread.

| To Make by @writesinla pictures by @magsderoma |
This stunningly sweet picture book captures the true creative spirit!

To Make, “gather, make, wait”

If you have a cake, a poem, a story - this book is a nod to the patience, and resilience that comes from the creative process.

Mags DeRoma’s illustrations are a visual delight. You’ll feel a spark of inspiration growing with each spread.

| To Make by @writesinla pictures by @magsderoma |
This stunningly sweet picture book captures the true creative spirit!

To Make, “gather, make, wait”

If you have a cake, a poem, a story - this book is a nod to the patience, and resilience that comes from the creative process.

Mags DeRoma’s illustrations are a visual delight. You’ll feel a spark of inspiration growing with each spread.

| To Make by @writesinla pictures by @magsderoma |
This stunningly sweet picture book captures the true creative spirit!

To Make, “gather, make, wait”

If you have a cake, a poem, a story - this book is a nod to the patience, and resilience that comes from the creative process.

Mags DeRoma’s illustrations are a visual delight. You’ll feel a spark of inspiration growing with each spread.

| To Make by @writesinla pictures by @magsderoma |
This stunningly sweet picture book captures the true creative spirit!

To Make, “gather, make, wait”

If you have a cake, a poem, a story - this book is a nod to the patience, and resilience that comes from the creative process.

Mags DeRoma’s illustrations are a visual delight. You’ll feel a spark of inspiration growing with each spread.

| To Make by @writesinla pictures by @magsderoma |
This stunningly sweet picture book captures the true creative spirit!

To Make, “gather, make, wait”

If you have a cake, a poem, a story - this book is a nod to the patience, and resilience that comes from the creative process.

Mags DeRoma’s illustrations are a visual delight. You’ll feel a spark of inspiration growing with each spread.

| To Make by @writesinla pictures by @magsderoma |
This stunningly sweet picture book captures the true creative spirit! To Make, “gather, make, wait” If you have a cake, a poem, a story - this book is a nod to the patience, and resilience that comes from the creative process. Mags DeRoma’s illustrations are a visual delight. You’ll feel a spark of inspiration growing with each spread. | To Make by @writesinla pictures by @magsderoma |
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Happy First Day of Summer!

We’re experiencing Juneuary but I’ll just live in the pages of this book and wait for the sun to arrive.☀️

#gyofujikawa
Happy First Day of Summer! We’re experiencing Juneuary but I’ll just live in the pages of this book and wait for the sun to arrive.☀️ #gyofujikawa
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A big thank you to those who have stuck around and for the well wishes for my son.
After just over a month’s recovery, he is well and back at school.

I couldn’t let May slip away without celebrating #aapiheritagemonth !
Books featuring Asian representation became a passion once I became a mother.
This is a small collection of some of the books that fill our shelves.
A big thank you to those who have stuck around and for the well wishes for my son. After just over a month’s recovery, he is well and back at school. I couldn’t let May slip away without celebrating #aapiheritagemonth ! Books featuring Asian representation became a passion once I became a mother. This is a small collection of some of the books that fill our shelves.
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“What’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn? That since day one, she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.” 
- Rupi Kaur

Happy #internationalwomensday !
“What’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn? That since day one, she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.” 
- Rupi Kaur

Happy #internationalwomensday !
“What’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn? That since day one, she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.” - Rupi Kaur Happy #internationalwomensday !
5 months ago
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"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

-Barack Obama

Picture books to Celebrate Black History Month!
Fill your shelves with books about joy, biographies about Black men and women that tell of their incredible contributions and accomplishments. Support your favorite Black artists and picture bookmakers not just this month but every day of the year.

This shelf includes some new books and some forever favorites we read on repeat. What are some of your must-reads?
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." -Barack Obama Picture books to Celebrate Black History Month! Fill your shelves with books about joy, biographies about Black men and women that tell of their incredible contributions and accomplishments. Support your favorite Black artists and picture bookmakers not just this month but every day of the year. This shelf includes some new books and some forever favorites we read on repeat. What are some of your must-reads?
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“Garter snakes huddle,
People like to cuddle.”

Written in verse, this picture book shares how some animals express affection for each other compared with a similar human one.

The illustrations are vibrant and a delight to pore over. Animal lovers will enjoy this beautiful book.

“….everyone will tell you that it’s absolutely true.
Creatures have a million ways of saying I Love You!”

| Ways To Say I Love You by #marilynsinger illustrated by @alettestraathof | 
Published by @quartokids

Age: 3-6
“Garter snakes huddle,
People like to cuddle.”

Written in verse, this picture book shares how some animals express affection for each other compared with a similar human one.

The illustrations are vibrant and a delight to pore over. Animal lovers will enjoy this beautiful book.

“….everyone will tell you that it’s absolutely true.
Creatures have a million ways of saying I Love You!”

| Ways To Say I Love You by #marilynsinger illustrated by @alettestraathof | 
Published by @quartokids

Age: 3-6
“Garter snakes huddle,
People like to cuddle.”

Written in verse, this picture book shares how some animals express affection for each other compared with a similar human one.

The illustrations are vibrant and a delight to pore over. Animal lovers will enjoy this beautiful book.

“….everyone will tell you that it’s absolutely true.
Creatures have a million ways of saying I Love You!”

| Ways To Say I Love You by #marilynsinger illustrated by @alettestraathof | 
Published by @quartokids

Age: 3-6
“Garter snakes huddle,
People like to cuddle.”

Written in verse, this picture book shares how some animals express affection for each other compared with a similar human one.

The illustrations are vibrant and a delight to pore over. Animal lovers will enjoy this beautiful book.

“….everyone will tell you that it’s absolutely true.
Creatures have a million ways of saying I Love You!”

| Ways To Say I Love You by #marilynsinger illustrated by @alettestraathof | 
Published by @quartokids

Age: 3-6
“Garter snakes huddle, People like to cuddle.” Written in verse, this picture book shares how some animals express affection for each other compared with a similar human one. The illustrations are vibrant and a delight to pore over. Animal lovers will enjoy this beautiful book. “….everyone will tell you that it’s absolutely true. Creatures have a million ways of saying I Love You!” | Ways To Say I Love You by #marilynsinger illustrated by @alettestraathof | Published by @quartokids Age: 3-6
6 months ago
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“One summer morning at sunrise a long time ago I met a little girl with a book under her arm.
I asked her why she was out so early and she answered that there were too many books and far too little time. And there she was absolutely right.”

~Tove Jansson
“One summer morning at sunrise a long time ago I met a little girl with a book under her arm. I asked her why she was out so early and she answered that there were too many books and far too little time. And there she was absolutely right.” ~Tove Jansson
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This sweet book is told from a child’s perspective, with all the excitement and the ebbs and flows that come with so much anticipation.

Zhao Di is preparing for a 15 day celebration welcoming the new year. On the third day, “the uncles started giving lanterns” as part of the festivities.
Gleefully Zhao Di parades her lantern around town alongside her friends. When the festivities come to an end she is sad, but takes comfort in the happy memories she has made.

‘Playing With Lanterns’ is a gentle story to celebrate and learn about the Lunar New Year.

| Playing With Lanterns by #WangYage illustrated by #ZhuChengliang |
Published by @amazonpublishing
This sweet book is told from a child’s perspective, with all the excitement and the ebbs and flows that come with so much anticipation.

Zhao Di is preparing for a 15 day celebration welcoming the new year. On the third day, “the uncles started giving lanterns” as part of the festivities.
Gleefully Zhao Di parades her lantern around town alongside her friends. When the festivities come to an end she is sad, but takes comfort in the happy memories she has made.

‘Playing With Lanterns’ is a gentle story to celebrate and learn about the Lunar New Year.

| Playing With Lanterns by #WangYage illustrated by #ZhuChengliang |
Published by @amazonpublishing
This sweet book is told from a child’s perspective, with all the excitement and the ebbs and flows that come with so much anticipation. Zhao Di is preparing for a 15 day celebration welcoming the new year. On the third day, “the uncles started giving lanterns” as part of the festivities. Gleefully Zhao Di parades her lantern around town alongside her friends. When the festivities come to an end she is sad, but takes comfort in the happy memories she has made. ‘Playing With Lanterns’ is a gentle story to celebrate and learn about the Lunar New Year. | Playing With Lanterns by #WangYage illustrated by #ZhuChengliang | Published by @amazonpublishing
7 months ago
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"Have you ever seen a flower using nothing but your nose? Breathe Deep…"

This vivid picture book is an experience!
Through saturated colors, including a hard-to-miss radiant pink, readers are invited to see a flower through various perspectives.
To see a flower you have to wander "down between its golden columns and into its corridors."

Not only beautiful but an exploration of child and nature full of mindfulness.

‘Have You Ever Seen a Flower?’ is @shawnharri5 ‘s debut picture book as both author and illustrator and a newly awarded Caldecott.
Published by @chroniclekidsbooks
"Have you ever seen a flower using nothing but your nose? Breathe Deep…"

This vivid picture book is an experience!
Through saturated colors, including a hard-to-miss radiant pink, readers are invited to see a flower through various perspectives.
To see a flower you have to wander "down between its golden columns and into its corridors."

Not only beautiful but an exploration of child and nature full of mindfulness.

‘Have You Ever Seen a Flower?’ is @shawnharri5 ‘s debut picture book as both author and illustrator and a newly awarded Caldecott.
Published by @chroniclekidsbooks
"Have you ever seen a flower using nothing but your nose? Breathe Deep…"

This vivid picture book is an experience!
Through saturated colors, including a hard-to-miss radiant pink, readers are invited to see a flower through various perspectives.
To see a flower you have to wander "down between its golden columns and into its corridors."

Not only beautiful but an exploration of child and nature full of mindfulness.

‘Have You Ever Seen a Flower?’ is @shawnharri5 ‘s debut picture book as both author and illustrator and a newly awarded Caldecott.
Published by @chroniclekidsbooks
"Have you ever seen a flower using nothing but your nose? Breathe Deep…"

This vivid picture book is an experience!
Through saturated colors, including a hard-to-miss radiant pink, readers are invited to see a flower through various perspectives.
To see a flower you have to wander "down between its golden columns and into its corridors."

Not only beautiful but an exploration of child and nature full of mindfulness.

‘Have You Ever Seen a Flower?’ is @shawnharri5 ‘s debut picture book as both author and illustrator and a newly awarded Caldecott.
Published by @chroniclekidsbooks
"Have you ever seen a flower using nothing but your nose? Breathe Deep…"

This vivid picture book is an experience!
Through saturated colors, including a hard-to-miss radiant pink, readers are invited to see a flower through various perspectives.
To see a flower you have to wander "down between its golden columns and into its corridors."

Not only beautiful but an exploration of child and nature full of mindfulness.

‘Have You Ever Seen a Flower?’ is @shawnharri5 ‘s debut picture book as both author and illustrator and a newly awarded Caldecott.
Published by @chroniclekidsbooks
"Have you ever seen a flower using nothing but your nose? Breathe Deep…" This vivid picture book is an experience! Through saturated colors, including a hard-to-miss radiant pink, readers are invited to see a flower through various perspectives. To see a flower you have to wander "down between its golden columns and into its corridors." Not only beautiful but an exploration of child and nature full of mindfulness. ‘Have You Ever Seen a Flower?’ is @shawnharri5 ‘s debut picture book as both author and illustrator and a newly awarded Caldecott. Published by @chroniclekidsbooks
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