Thursday, January 13, 2022

Author Spotlight: Cynthia Rylant

If you haven't yet acquainted yourself with this delightful children's author, please do! She's the author of so many of our favorites. 

Annie and Snowball... Fun, wholesome leveled readers about a girl and her pet bunny... Companion to Henry and Mudge books. 

The Blue Hill Meadows... This simple early chapter book has such beautiful descriptions of life in the country during each season. 

Henry and Mudge... Fun, wholesome leveled readers about a boy and his dog... Companion to the Annie and Snowball books. 

The High Rise Private Eyes... these simple detective leveled readers are not my very favorite of her works but they were still cute. My son went through a major detective book kick when he was a beginning reader so he very much enjoyed these.

Let's Go Home... I feel like I am going to have to fight myself throughout this whole list because so many of these books make me want to type out this is my favorite. I adore this book that gives me all the Cozy homie feelings and it was one of my daughters very favorites for a little while.

The Lighthouse Family... these early chapter books are fun and sweet, about a few animals who find each other and become a family. It starts with cat, a Lighthouse Keeper, and each of the other animals she fines and loves.

Mr. Putter and Tabby... these leveled readers are about an old man and his cat. I have not read all of them but the ones I have read were cute.

Nativity... this one is very simple because it is just the Nativity Story But I of course really like that, especially at Christmas.

In November... A perfect cozy autumn book to read November 1st. The illustrations give me all the Autumn cozy feels as well.

The Relatives Came... I liked this book, but my children love it. This is just a fun and playful look at relatives coming to stay and the illustrations crack them up.

Rosetown... this middle-grade novel takes place in the 70s and in one of my favorite places, a Bookshop! I was a little iffy about it at first as the Parents separate early on but I will say that all's well that ends well and there was somehow still an uplifting feel to this story.

Silver Packages... such a delightful Christmas picture book about a man who brings gifts to the children of Appalachia and one of the children's story as he grows up

Snow... This one paints the best picture of snowy winter magic- my favorite! See what I mean? One of my favorites, anyway. I love snow and I love this short and simple yet magical book.

Thimbleberry Stories... A chipmunk, his friends, and his cozy cottage life! Delightful early chapter book. 

When I was Young in the Mountains... This picture book paints a picture of a joyful, simple childhood spent in the mountains with her grandparents. 

These are only the ones I have read! This prolific author's list of works is huge so let me know if you check out one of her books and what you think of it! 


  1. I'm very sad that this
    a wonderful children's writer is not translated or published in my country. I already checked. I would love to buy her books for my kindergarten work. And by the way, Sarah, I watched 5 more films over the New Year holidays on your advice: "Fireproof", "War Room", "Miracles from Heaven", "Breakfast at Tiffany's", "Soul Surfer". I liked them all very much, especially Miracles from Heaven. I cried half the movie, and also recommended it to my friends. Thanks!❤❤❤🙂🙂🙂

    1. Oh that is a disappointment as she's one of my very favorites! Maybe they'll translate her someday.

      I am so glad you've been able to find so many!! I know, that movie is a big tearjerker. So good!


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