The House in the Night

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There is a very special book that Maia is requesting almost every night now. It's called The House in the Night and is written by poet Susan Marie Swanson and illustrated by Beth Krommes. The text is lyrical and magical and we all love it. Harry and myself as much as Maia. Here's how it starts out:

Here is the key

    to the house.

In the house

    burns a light.

In that light

    rests a bed.

On that bed

    waits a book.

In that book

    flies a bird.

(And then the magic really begins! See the child on the bird in the photo below?)


We've also been reading and enjoying her other books, including To Be Like the Sun and The First Thing My Mama Told Me.

On Tuesday, I will post an interview with Susan Marie Swanson, the author, about her writing and on sharing poetry with children. Readers (that's you, dear friend) will have a chance to win a signed copy of this book! This would make a wonderful gift for a small child in your life so make sure to check back early next week.

A few other things (while they're on my mind):

On Monday, I will post about our advent calendar, to start off a month of artful holiday activities. I'm really excited about this!

I've added a portal in my sidebar for the Children's Art Gallery flickr group I set up. Click through to see the art (and photos of art making) already added. And please feel free to add your own photos!

Re Art pen pals: I'm still receiving e-mails from parents hoping to match their children and I've decided I'm okay with that. I really do want to match up everyone who wants a pen pal. So if you missed the boat the first time and want an art pen pal, send me an e-mail ([email protected]) with art pen pal as the subject, and make sure to include your children's names, ages, and mailing address. I'll probably process them once a week and match the kids as I can. So no guarantees, but I'll do what I can!

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  1. Katherine says

    We borrowed ‘To be like the sun’ from our local library and loved it, this one looks great too.

  2. Michaela says

    I’m so glad you’ll be featuring this book- I had the luck to meet the author and illustrator (and see Beth Krommes give her Caldecott acceptance!) this summer, and they are two amazing, gracious people. Susan Marie Swanson writes so beautifully, I’m looking forward to reading what she has to say.