top of page

What's on my bookshelf?

Vivienne's favorite books growing up!

everyone poops.jpg

Everyone Poops
Taro Gomi
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.jpg

Frog and Toad Are Friends
Arnold Lobel


cloudy and a chance of meatballs.jpg

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!
Harry Allard

I want my hat back.jpg

I Want My Hat Back
Jon Klassen
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.


Kevin Henkes
Age 4-8, Greenwillow, 1991

After reading this book by Kevin Henkes, Vivienne officially wants to name her future daughter ‘Chrysanthemum’. Enough said.

chicken noodle soup for the soul.jpg
the day the crayons quit.jpg
bottom of page