All the World

All the World

by Liz Garton Scanlon, Illustrated by Marla Frazee

2009 Beach Lane Books


This is one of my all-time favorite picture books, for so many reasons. The poetic words and luminous illustrations combine to form a dreamlike, special world where all of us belong.

A family enjoys a day at the beach, farmers gather at the market, a crowd rushes into a café to escape the rain, people play music and share meals. So much simple goodness.

Liz Garton Scanlon’s words read like poetry and express the most beautiful sentiments.

“Nest, bird, feather, fly

All the world has got its sky.”


“Nana’s, papa’s cousins, kin

Piano, harp and violin

Babies passed from neck to knee

All the world is you and me”

Every page bursts with Marla Frazee’s gorgeous illustrations from the ocean cliffs, to the pouring rain, and each brilliant phase of the night sky.

My favorite scene is the illustration of the sun setting and the words, “All the world can hold quite still.” When the words and the illustrations meet in perfect harmony like this, it casts its spell on you and makes one want to read it in a hushed reverent tone. It’s magical.

“Hope and peace and love and trust. All the world is all of us.”

This book makes me happy. It renews my faith in a world where all are welcome and loved and connected, and where the seemingly hardest things, like peace, are still possible.

The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot

Written & Illustrated by Peter Brown

Published by Little, Brown and Company, April 2016

Oh my gosh, this is one of the best books we’ve read! Even, or maybe especially, in its simplicity.

Roz the robot gets tossed out of a ship in a crash landing and washes up on shore of a wild island. She knows only that she must survive.

Crazy weather, baby bears who attack her, uncontrollable tumbles down the mountainside, Roz encounters all of these and more. She even faces discrimination from the animals who treat her like a monster to be feared.


Wild for Books Launch !!

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Hello and welcome to our new book review, book obsessed, book everything blog, Wild for Books!

We are Lily, Jasper, Greg, & Sara Ohlin, and we love books! We love reading them, talking about them, shopping for them, discovering them at the library, and we absolutely love sharing them.

Wild for Books is our new blog where we talk about books we adore. Old books & new books, the words, the illustrations, the emotions, anything & everything we love about them! And while, for now, we mostly talk about books for kids between the ages of 7-13, we also know the magic of books is that even adults can enjoy children’s literature, and that often times, books are best when shared.

On our Get Inspired page, we link to all kinds of fun, inspirational, book-related sites for kids and parents, including author sites we love, amazing illustrators, helpful information, and general book-oriented mojo. Hopefully this page will continue to expand, because the world is full of fabulous book mojo!

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