Anna Grace

 

Hello, my name is Anna Grace.  

I read history, historical fiction, fantasy, biographies, and classic literature.  I also enjoy exploring new genres and ideas when I get the chance.  I love to learn, and, as a result, I love to read.  Before I could read, I admired the pictures and took them in for hours at a time.  By studying these images, I was taken to another world inspired by the illustrators’ visions.  As the words started to form sentences and paint their own part of the story, the worlds to which they took me became more vivid and gripping, so much so, I couldn’t cope with the end of a story.  As a result, I would start the book over and over and over. Nothing has changed since then.  I believe in seeking out any means necessary to tell a good story, whether it’s through a picture, book, movie, game, music, etc.

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Pugtato Finds a Thing Cover Image
By Sophie Corrigan (Illustrator), Zondervan
$17.99
ISBN: 9780310767817
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Published: Zonderkidz - August 4th, 2020

Pugtato is a good little spud, who loves digging in the mud and planting seeds here and there.  One day, he finds a shiny new thing in the ground.  Pugtato has no clue what this thing is and ventures off to find his best spuddies to see what they have to say.  On this journey, the thing is sat on, licked, scratched, gnawed and chewed, snuffled, chased, tossed, and much more, but poor Pugtato knew that none of it was quite right.  Finally, he looks for an answer from the wisest of all, Unicorn on the Cob, who tells him to follow his own heart and the answers it holds.  With this wisdom, Pugtato finds the greatest reward he could ever hope for.  Even though Pugtato doesn’t feel smart, he’s wiser than most when he follows his heart.


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Randy, the Badly Drawn Horse Cover Image
By T. L. McBeth, T. L. McBeth (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250185907
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 4th, 2020

We all begin drawing in beautiful simplicity as we explore our creativity that floods our young minds.  Our characters go on great adventures and become our own heroes.  We love them because they are completely and uniquely ours.  Nobody sees them the same way we, the artist, see them.  Randy the Beautiful Horse is a retelling of this childhood story of creativity and discovery as he goes on great adventures narrated by his artist.  He was not given a gorgeous mane, elegant legs, a silky coat, or a perfect smile, but even though he isn’t an elegant or graceful horse, he is loved and believed in by his artist.  For Randy, this is enough to feel beautiful.


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This Way, Charlie Cover Image
By Caron Levis, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419742064
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 21st, 2020

On Open Bud Ranch, Jack the goat watches as new animals scamper, hop, flap, and trot their way into their new homes.  He has no interest in meeting them or even coming close.  He keeps a safe distance from them all.  Charlie, a half-blind horse, mistakenly runs into Jack as he wanders about the ranch, unable to find the same place twice or get to fields to graze, always losing his way.  As Jack observes Charlie from a distance, he begins to understand the challenges Charlie has to face.  Their friendship begins when Jack takes courage and approaches a lost, wandering Charlie to lead him to a place to graze in his favorite field.  He guides Charlie along the dirt paths, making sure to stay on his seeing side, to fresh water and shade when it gets too hot.  They bond, asking questions back and forth to learn about one another, their views of the world, and sometimes even sharing their dreams with each other.  This is the story about taking chances and the beginnings of an unlikely relationship.  It illustrates what true friendship is built upon: acceptance, patience, understanding, and kindness.


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A Stone Sat Still Cover Image
By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452173184
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 27th, 2019

A stone stands as a pillar of time, a quiet presence, staying where it is in the world for centuries.  It sees all the seasons cloaked in vibrant greens, crimson reds, gentle purples, and pastel blues.  Creatures of all sizes find a haven beneath it, a warm place atop it,  and a home around it.  It can be a throne to sit upon, a marker for those in flight, and, for some, a kitchen.  There is so much a stone becomes a part of in the natural world; take a moment to observe a beautiful glimpse of this cycle in A Stone Sat Still.


If you’re looking for the perfect read-out-loud story book, you’ll find it in Tony Steeno’s tale of adventure, friendship, redemption, and peace that will take you through enchanting lands and beautiful imagery.  It all begins with a mysterious note afloat in a bubble carried on a gentle breeze into Nell and her brother, Nicklebee’s garden. They discover an invitation to open a treasure and discover the secret within. Together with their loyal friend they go on a journey through storms and dangerous lands, home to a fire-breathing monster, to find the treasure in the town of Brightglen. They learn the importance of understanding and kindness as they discover new friends along the way and work to mend old differences, bridging the gaps between unique trades and expressing the beauty in their collaboration. In the end, they discover what true treasure really is, restoring harmony and fellowship to the village of Brightglen.


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The Heart of a Whale Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984836274
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Published: Philomel Books - January 28th, 2020

Discover the magic in the song of whale as it brightens the sea with the sweet tunes,  singing of happiness and hope. The whale’s song brings joy and cheer to all the creatures of the reefs and seagrass forests as it passes by, but even with his beautiful song and rhythm of the waves above him, the sea grew all too quiet for the whale with no song to fill his own empty heart. The ocean carries his wish over fathoms in search of happiness and wonder in the heart of another.


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Oak Leaf Cover Image
By John Sandford (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781944903732
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 17th, 2019

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if that feather we all watched gracefully dance in the wind to the theme of Forrest Gump got a story of its own?  What if that feather was an oak leaf that told a story just as beautifully as the feather, with the serene imagery of the changing seasons?  Oak Leaf paints a gorgeous picture with its words and illustrations, describing the simple, charming details of our world as it beds down to sleep for the winter.  If you've forgotten lately what it's like to experience a season other than winter, float away for a moment to a place with cool, fresh air, clear and bright skies, and the fantastic colors that come with autumn's arrival.


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Why? Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823441730
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Published: Neal Porter Books - August 13th, 2019

We've all experienced that age when there are a million questions running through our head all of the time.  A lot of us also experience that precious (and sometimes annoying) age with the kids when their questions seem to never end.  Why? helps answer some of these questions, while illustrating the importance of patience and understanding depicted through the charming friendship of a bear and a rabbit.  This is a perfect read for curious minds.


 
 
 
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