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March 4, 2018

Books About Books and Big News

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It has been just too dang long.


I have not forgotten about this space online, but I’ve been fortunate to have other writing projects over the last—eek, how long?—that have occupied my time and creative brain space. Including . . .


. . . my first book! Don’t Forget to Say Thank You: And Other Parenting Lessons That Brought Me Closer to God is scheduled for publication this fall by Ave Maria Press. It’s not a novel, but consider this: While I’d been working on my novel for over six years, this book took just over six months from the first time I opened a Word doc for it to getting a “yes” from an acquisitions meeting.


More on that to come (I just saw the cover and love it!), and in the meantime, a post I’ve been chewing on for some time. I’m sharing four of my favorite books about books—don’t be fooled by those that look like they’re for children!—and I hope to find some new gems you’ll leave in the comments.


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce


Lyrical, lovely, and will make you want to live in a library (if you don’t already desire that!). The short film won an Academy Award.


The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger (author of The Time Traveler’s Wife)51cYvfpa4SL._SY324_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg.

Another one I wish were real life. Released first serially in The Guardian, this story is a treat to read all in one sitting.


We Are in a Book by Mo Willems


You can buy this for the next baby shower you go to, but after you read it, you’re going to want to keep it for yourself. Banana!


It’s a Book by Lane Smith


If you’re giving this one to a kid, choose the board book version—the ending is a little more kid-friendly. In a world driven by technology, it’s good to remember the simple joys and tremendous value of a real book in your hands.



What are your favorite books about books?

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