rainbow spines


When you look at books, the first thing you see is the spine of the book. Sometimes the spines are very pretty. Sometimes they’re really ugly. I searched through my favorite books to find ones with pretty, rainbow spines. Here they are in order. I hope this cheers up your dreary day!



Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll~ I just had to include this book. My blog is named Alice In Bookland, after all! And the book itself is stunningly pretty. I love the vintage spine. And the White Rabbit on the front? Darling!



Theodore Boone: The Accused by John Grisham~ The third of the Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer books by John Grisham. The spine looks more red than orange, but whatever. This is a really good book, great for boys. And girls!



Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne~ I think this book was printed in the 1930s or so. It is gorgeous!



Tiger’s Destiny by Colleen Houck~ Number four in the Tiger’s Curse series.



The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall~ Can I say how much I love the Penderwicks? The sisterly love between them is wonderful. The story is sweet. Skye trying to be the OAP (oldest available Penderwick) is hilarious. This is the third in the Penderwick series.



Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery~ My favorite of all the Anne books. I like it because Anne is older (but not too old), and it has romance. And Gilbert! Oh, I have such a literary crush on Gilbert…



The Quiet Light- A Novel about Saint Thomas Aquinas by Louis de Wohl~ Louis de Wohl is one of my favorite authors ever in the history of authorship. His books are so well written, so detailed, and the subjects are wonderful. This one, about Saint Thomas Aquinas, is one of my favorites. And it’s one of the only books I have that has a purple spine!

Care to share your favorite rainbow spine books? Comment below!

favorite children’s books: part 4

Today is the last day of the favorite children’s books posts (for now!). Ending with religious books that mean a lot to me is a good way to finish off, I think. All of the titles I’ve selected are either Christmas, Christian, or Catholic books.


Tapestries: Stories of Women in the Bible by Ruth Sanderson- I love the look of this book. All of the more well-known women of the Bible are in here.


The Donkey’s Dream by Barbara Helen Berger- The little donkey has a dream that he carries a ship, a city, a rose and a fountain. He is carrying Mary, the Mother of God, on his back. All those symbols are symbols of Mary. A sweet, gentle book.


A Small Miracle by Peter Collington- There aren’t any words in A Small Miracle, but it forces you to really look at the images and absorb them.


Saints: Lives and Illuminations by Ruth Sanderson- Ruth Sanderson did an amazing job on this book and its companion. The saints in here are from the 1st century to about the 11th. St. Catherine of Alexandria is on the front cover.


More Saints: Lives and Illuminations by Ruth Sanderson- St. Francis of Assisi is on the front of this book. The saints in here are from the 12th century to more modern days. (I just realized as I was writing this post that I have three books on here by Ruth Sanderson! That’s half of the ones in this post. I must really like her books.)


The Weight of A Mass by Josephine Nobisso, Illustrated by Katalin Szegedi- The Weight of A Mass is a beautiful way to show children how precious the Mass should be to them and to us as adults.

So, there you have it! Many of my favorite children’s books in no specific order. I’ll be going back to my regular review posting on Monday. Thank you for bearing with me and for sharing some of your favorite picture books. 🙂

Do you have any favorite books you’d like to share?

favorite children’s books: part 3


Someday by Alison McGhee and Peter H. Reynolds- Someday…all mothers think about what there children will be like someday. They all have hopes and dreams and prayers for their little ones. Someday captures it all so beautifully, both in words and pictures.


A Balloon for Isabel by Deborah Underwood, Illustrated by Laura Rankin- I love Isabel! She is so cute and so fiercely determined to have a balloon!


The English Roses by Madonna- I was given this book when I was younger. I’m not quite sure how many times I’ve read it… Many, many times, I’m sure. The quirkiness of the illustrations is wonderful. (Why are the pictures the best parts of children’s books?)


Angel in the Waters by Regina Doman, Pictures by Ben Hatke-I love Regina Doman. Her Fairy Tale Retold books are amazing and some of my favorites to read and reread. Angel in the Waters is a beautiful, life-affirming story of a child in the womb, speaking to her guardian angel.  The illustrations are beautiful, as well.


Joseph and Chico by Jeanne Perego and Donata Dal Molin Casagrande- Just what the tagline says, The Life of Pope Benedict XVI as Told by a Cat.


The Clown of God an old story told and illustrated by Tomie dePaola – I’ll admit it, every single time I read The Clown of God, I cry at the end. No matter how many times I’ve read it, I still cry as if I’m reading it for the first time. It is such a sweet story. I dare you to read it and not weep.

favorite children’s books: part 2

Part two of my favorite children’s books are fairy tales. I love fairy tales, the once upon a time and they lived happily ever after. The optimist in me believes in happy endings. 🙂


The Princess and the Kiss by Jennie Bishop- I love this book so much. Not only does it teach about chastity in the context of a fairy tale, the story is well written and pictures are stunning!


The Squire and the Scroll Written by Jennie Bishop, Paintings by Preston McDaniels- This is the boys’ version of The Princess and the Kiss. It’s also a sweet fairy tale “of the rewards of a pure heart”.


The Complete Book of Flower Fairies by Cecily Mary Barker


The Lord of the Rushie River and Flower Fairies of the Summer by Cecily Mary Barker- Cecily Mary Barker’s paintings are amazing. All of the flower fairies have a poem to go with them.


The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo, Illustrated by Ruth Heller- I love reading Cinderella stories, especially ones from other lands. 🙂


The Twelve Dancing Princesses As tolda by Marianna Meyer, Illustrated by K.Y. Craft-The cover of this book just blows me away. The beauty of the illustrations brings the whole story to life. I love The Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale already, but this copy pushes that love over the edge!!

What is your favorite fairy tale? Do you believe in happy endings? Do tell in the comments!