For the past 64 years, the New York Times has released a year-end list of the best illustrated children’s books. These are storybooks, graphic novels and non-fiction titles that feature illustrations that are beautiful and strange, off the wall and mind-bending, incredibly ornate and sometimes just plain simple. Most importantly, these books are always totally cool! The selections are made solely on artistic merit, but that doesn’t mean the stories aren’t just as excellent.
So you just found out that little Jimmy from down the road is staying the weekend and you have GOT to keep him busy. The only thing you know for sure is that he loves to read and wants to be either a ninja or a paleontologist when he grows up. Problem is, it’s 4:55 and the library closes in 5 minutes. What are you going to do???
As winter’s chill begins to sink in and I start complaining about how cold it is outside, I can’t help but think about Antarctica. Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest, most freezing-est land mass on planet Earth, but for some reason intrepid folks keep going down there. One of the worst attempted Antarctic trips took place over 100 years ago, led by an adventurous Brit named Sir Ernest Shackleton.