Pool by JiHyeon Lee

In a crowded public pool, a chance encounter between two children leads to a wondrous and unforgettable flight of imagination.

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The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski and The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

Good picture books ought not to have an upper age limit, since they usually have something to offer to everyone — and these two extraordinary picture books prove my point. I’ve always been fascinated by the genesis of stories, and if you read enough author interviews, you’ll probably reach the conclusion that stories can grow from the darnedest things, and there’s no telling where each spark may lead.

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