A mysterious occurrence has happened at Creature Bug. I noticed it yesterday morning, and tracked it periodically throughout the day.
People were searching for kiddie lit authors...and they were finding my blog by the hundreds. I don't know what's going on in the world that is causing hundreds of people to type "kiddie lit author" into their Google search bar and click on this Creature Bug post (listed #3), and I even searched Twitter to see if I could figure it out. I can't figure it out.
Maybe something was going on with Black Friday? Maybe something in the news (evidently there's a big stir about the sequel to this partisan children's book which I've never read...and, um, probably never will)? Maybe the spirit of Christmas has come upon people who want to buy books for the small children in their life instead of Barbies? I don't know. It's a mystery.
I will simply acknowledge it as a not-so-random but random-enough-I-can't-figure-it-out happening, and go with the flow. Odds are I will never in my life have as much traffic to my little blog as I had yesterday.
However, I can't let an opportunity pass without mentioning a new favorite children's book that we are all smitten with. SMITTEN!
Sarah recommended it to me when we were at the library the other day, and we love it so much we're buying it.
Sleep Tight, Little Bear by Martin Waddell is just so, SO sweet. There's a whole series of Big Bear and Little Bear stories, and in this one Little Bear finds his own bear cave and wants to sleep all by himself. In the end, however, he decides that he's too lonesome all by himself and goes back to Big Bear. Why has no one recommended Waddell's books to me before? Evidently he is a prolific writer.
You know what else he is?
When we checked the book out at the library, it came with a DVD that has Mr. Waddell reading the story in his beautiful Irish accent, so lovely and charming that we've been using it as a wrap-up to bedtime reading, and the girls just calm right down when they watch it. The DVD also has three other little segments about the author, the illustrator, and Ireland. Of course I love it.
(In fact, I even had my Irish lit students watch the story in class the other day. It was a nice break from all the politics and drama of what we're studying. And it does fit in the category of contemporary Irish literature...so I was still keeping them generally on topic.)
If you're looking for a book that will enchant the toddler and pre-school set, then this is the one for you. I also think the DVD is a must. It's SO sweet.
I said that already, didn't I?
Well, it's true.