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What's on my bookshelf?
Vivienne's favorite books growing up!
Age 2-5, Chronicle, 1997
If Vivienne had to attribute something that sparked her love for animals, it would be this book written and illustrated by Taro Gomi. Weird huh? The book that shows the most compromising position, pooping, is what made her love animals. 4-year-old Vivienne realized that humans and animals are more similar than she thought.
Frog and Toad Are Friends
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Judi Barrett & Ron Barrett
Age 5-8, Simon & Schuster, 1978
What is better than food raining from the sky? Everything apparently… especially when the foods get too big and crush people and buildings alike. Little Vivienne was quite imaginative (she wanted to turn her Californian backyard into a sloth sanctuary) and Judi Barrett’s book blew her little mind. She realized right there and then imagination has not bounds and it doesn’t stop just at ideation but perhaps the consequences of that ideation.
Miss Nelson is Missing!
I Want My Hat Back
Age 4+, Candlewick, 2011
This is one of the first books that Vivienne and Eugenia read together. It made us rethink what a picture book could be: a non-didactic, nonsensical, and purely comedic masterpiece. Eugenia gave Vivienne this book for her birthday.
Age 4-8, Greenwillow, 1991
After reading this book by Kevin Henkes, Vivienne officially wants to name her future daughter ‘Chrysanthemum’. Enough said.
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