The Dog in the Dentist Chair, by Peggy Frezon

Reading The Dog in the Dentist Chair, I imagine Peggy Frezon like a reporter, walking around with a microphone in her hand, interviewing the special animals she’s discovered and getting their stories straight from the source, even though cats, dogs, and pigs can’t talk to us with human words. Her careful, loving observation of their…

Meh: A Story about Depression, by Deborah Malcolm

Meh: A Story about Depression¬†is a wordless picture book with remarkably evocative, content-rich illustrations leading the reader on an emotional and spiritual journey through an episode of depression and recovery. The concept of using a picture book to launch a conversation about depression with a child is fascinating and brilliant, in my view. You’ll want…

The Suitcase, by Jane G. Meyer

The Suitcase: A Story About Giving is an original. It’s a child’s-eye view of the human spiritual journey, reduced to the most practical, tangible terms and yet still transcendent and full of light. It’s understated, luminously illustrated, and full of significant detail. If I’d read this book as a child, I would have gone straight…