I love talking with my wife about children's literature. As a senior citizen, I've gotten away from kids' books, but I'm moving back to them with my young grandkids.
My wife, a retired third grade teacher, this week told me about Patricia Polacco, a well-known children's author who hails from Lansing. She showed me examples of her books which she had from her classroom days. I'm intrigued by how these books can light fires of curiosity and learning with kids.
For Valentines Day this year, she sent a Clifford the dog book to our seven-month old grandson in St. Louis. This lucky little guy has parents who love to read to him. Check the look on his face in this picture. He's really liking it.