Monday, March 7, 2011

Bedtime Stories

These two little fellows popped up in my sketchbook yesterday.

Which had me thinking about when my girls were little and our bedtime rituals. 
Which of course, included a nightly bedtime story.

One that sticks out in my mind that captured my heart when my girls were little was Kiss Good Night by Amy Hest and illustrated by Anita Jeram.  Anita illustrated Guess How Much I Love You, this book is night and day from her light and playful watercolors.  It's filled with rich, painterly color and a sweet night time, fall-inspired mood that makes you feel all snuggly.

If you haven't had a chance to read this one, take a peek at it.

My youngest was 5 when this book first came out and we enjoyed cuddling up for a good snuggle while we read this story together.  Sometimes my older daughter would read it to us.  Those days passed so quickly.  I wish I could have slowed them down and spent more time in those moments.  It's funny how a picture book is now a little snapshot of that time, with it's words and illsutrations it can conjure up those memories and feelings. 

What an amazing honor to be a part of a family's history in the form of a beloved bedtime story.  I hope one day new moms are reading my stories and sharing my artwork as they tuck in their precious little ones at night.

2 comments:

  1. That is such a wonderful and inspired goal to have, Heather! I think that your illustrations are magical, and given what my dad did for a living, I am all too familiar with poorly illustrated children's books! I think that you are right up there with the best of them at translating a mood in a playful and loving way. I have no doubt that it will happen for you! And when it does, I want to know so I can buy a copy. I am sure that I will have grandchildren one day, right? ;-)
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  2. I like the books. Nice Info . Do you mind if I talk about this post in my blog. You and your blog will surely get the credit.

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