My latest library visit led my to Rancho Santa Margarita Library in you guessed it — Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. This visit happened shortly after the LA13SCBWI Summer Conference, so I was really in need of a decompression day.
I started my day with a manicure at the Luxe Organic Nail & Spa and had my nails painted with my latest color obsession — mint! I love that they use organic products and natural cleaning products. Not all of their polish is organic but they do have some options that are.
Then I headed for a sushi lunch at Sake Sushi. Can you see the steam rising from my lightly salted edamame?
Finally, I made my way to the library. Naturally, I looked at the return cart first, curious to see what the children were reading. The books were arranged in such a haphazard way it made me believe that the picture book section was being thoroughly enjoyed that day. A storyteller was there as well reading aloud several picture books to a handful of cheerful and inquisitive children.
I also grabbed several books to study that were recommended by Deborah Halverson at the Summer Conference as excellent examples of picture book rhythm. Her suggestions were spot on and included:
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed By Margaret Chodos-Irvine
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
An excerpt from my favorite, Pete The Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, a fantastic example of picture book rhythm that I could read over and over any day.
Did Pete cry? Goodness, no. Buttons come and buttons go.
He kept on singing his song:
My buttons, my buttons, my two groovy buttons. My buttons, my buttons, my two groovy buttons.
Overall, I had a glorious outing. I have two more weeks of summer, and hopefully a few more trips to the library left. I love my summer library days.