Book A Day: Picture Books that Inspire

For the month of December, we will be featuring (at least) a book a day leading up to Christmas.  Start a Christmas tradition of reading a new book each day this month until Christmas Eve.  You can get books from the library or pick up new ones to add to your home library while you are out shopping for the holidays.  Our books will range from board books for infants and toddlers, to chapter books for teens, to craft books for the holidays to books for adults.  Let us know if you pick up one either at a bookstore or the library and what you think about it.

To check out a full list of books from our Book a Day December 2017, click here.


Picture books are fun to read aloud to your children.  Nearly all are entertaining stories that make us laugh or tell of a grand adventure.  Today we bring you picture books that inspire kids to dream and be all they can be. These books also encourage children and teach them that it’s now about disability, but ability.

polly and her duck costumePolly and Her Duck Costume

From the Goats of Anarchy farmyard comes Polly and Her Duck Costume! Children and parents will fall in love with this adorable goat and have their hearts warmed by her true story of finding a home.

Polly and Her Duck Costume tells the true story of Polly, a little blind goat who was rescued by Leanne Lauricella, rescuer of farmyard animals and founder of the immensely popular Instagram account The Goats of Anarchy. Polly has some trouble adapting to her new life until her new mom gives her a warm and fuzzy duck costume, which turns out to be the perfect fit!

Follow along with Polly as she finds love with her new family, gains confidence, and makes new friends with other goats, pigs, and many more animals around the yard. The perfect tale to inspire and delight animal lovers, and to teach children about disabilities and acceptance, Polly and Her Duck Costume pairs beautiful illustrations with a truly heartwarming tale readers of all ages will adore.

We love this book as it’s beautifully illustrated, simple and sweet. You cannot help but fall in love with Polly. Such a character full of life and inspiration for children of all ages. This book made us follow Goats of Anarchy and Leanne’s sanctuary on line and now we are full on hooked and in love with these little goats.

The Goats of Anarchy Story

In 2014 Leanne Lauricella fell in love with goats and her life was changed forever. She walked away from a lucrative corporate career in NYC, ditched the Mercedes, and built a goat sanctuary in rural New Jersey where goats with special needs could find a home. Lauricella began documenting her unconventional new life on Instagram, amassing over half a million followers on @GoatsOfAnarchy. The goats and other animals, typically rescued from abandonment or mistreatment, find a home on one of Lauricella’s two farms where each animal gets care for their special needs. Prosthetics and carts are provided for goats with missing or deformed legs, and indoor care for new baby goats, goats requiring intensive medical care or terminal illness. The goats’ stories have created a passionate and fast-growing following that serves to help financially support the upkeep of the farm and vet bills for Lauricella’s special needs brood.

Lauricella encourages a vegan lifestyle and is vocal about animal rights issues.

smootSmoot – A Rebellious Shadow

A brave shadow finds a more colorful life in this joyous picture book by the acclaimed author of The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles and illustrator of Sidewalk Flowers.

Smoot the shadow has been living a yawn-filled life for years. His boy never laughs and never leaps, so Smoot never does either . . . until the day he pops free, and decides to hit the road in search of the life he dreams about. And as he enjoys his first colorful day—singing, dancing, and playing—other shadows watch him, and they become brave, too. The frog’s shadow takes the shape of a prince, the dragonfly’s shadow that of a dragon. Even the rock’s shadow gets in on the excitement. But what will become of the timid beings their shadows have left behind? Will they finally be inspired to find their own daring?

“Cuevas’ plotline radiates freshness and celebrates the rewards of risk-taking. Smith has a keen understanding of the power of the contrast between blackness and color. . . . Not since Peter Pan’s has a shadow commanded such well-deserved attention.” –STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

“Confident storytelling and humorous details make for a delightful read-aloud. Smith’s loose line and fluid ink and watercolors perfectly capture the ever-so-slightly mischievous and joyful tone of Cuevas’s text. . . . Young readers will be hooked by the beguiling premise and respond to the gently delivered message about living life with intention and imagination.” –School Library Journal