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Kathryn O. Galbraith, Picture Book Author

My daughter and I have read four books by Tacoma author Kathryn O. Galbraith, and each one is more diverse than the next.  I’m pretty impressed by Galbraith’s versatility as a writer.

Jenna’s favorite book by Galbraith is Boo Bunny, illustrated by Jeff Mack.  “You have to be very brave to read this book,” said my three year old.  It’s a great book for the preschool-first grade set, because of its simplicity (and mild scariness).

My favorite book by Galbraith is Laura Charlotte, illustrated by Floyd Cooper.  This book is much more complex, and tells the nostalgic story of a little girl inheriting the stuffed elephant that her great grandmother originally sewed for her mother.

Traveling Babies, illustrated by Jane Dippold is extremely unique.  It juxtaposes real life pictures of  mommies and babies in the wild with Dippold’s drawings of humans.  Very clever!

Finally, I’m sorry Ms. Galbraith, but Planting the Wild Garden, illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin, was not a very big hit with Jenna.  I don’t know what to tell you, other than three year olds can be pretty facetious.  But I woud like to mention that I am a HUGE fan of  artist Wendy Anderson Halperin, and her book Love Is… is one of my favorite books.  I wish I could blow her illustrations up and turn them into wallpaper.

(This post is from my 2012 Salute to Pacific Northwest Writers.)


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