Most of my fascination and passion for Children's Literature can be explained in one word, illustration! There are so many talented illustrators out there, I wish I had the chance to meet them all, dead and alive. My absolute favorites include Hilary Knight, Ludwig Bemelmans, Emily Arnold McCully, Mercer Mayer, Bill Peet, Arnold Lobel, Helen Craig and Barbara Cooney. I recently came across a story I had completely forgotten about as I've grown older. Miss Rumphius was not an award winning book or popular among my friends and classmates during my childhood. To me it was a classic and stumbling across it yesterday and looking through it reminded me why I love the story so much. Barbara Cooney is a rare talent and the perfect story teller in Miss Rumphius. So go into the library or a Children's bookstore, sit down and go down memory lane with your favorite picture book.