So finally, I made the connection that all these wonderful books were published by the same place: Chronicle Books. Not long after this revelation, I noticed that two of my favorite series of children's books were from Chronicle as well: MiniMasters and the Finger Puppet books (this is not their technical name, but here is one of them. They are both fantastic books for children and some of my young baby-sitting charge's favorites. MiniMasters are beautiful little board books that use paintings of well, "masters", and pairs them with whimsical little poems. Before she was two, E (the girl I baby-sit for) could correctly distinguish between Monet and Matisse. It was a fun party trick for her parents!
After looking around on their website, I found a variety of fabulous books that I want to add to my wishlist. Secrets of Simplicity, 52 Ways to Make a Difference, and Ask Click and Clack: Questions from CarTalk. They have such a wide range--it's amazing! I love their tagline: "An independent publisher of distinctive books and gifts." And it's true, they publish more than just books-decks, workbooks, puzzles, and many other interactive mediums.
It feels weird to be such a fan of a publishing company (I'm officially their fan on Facebook, follower on Twitter, and a subscriber to their blog), but I'm finding more and more than I am partial to the little round glasses. Not that I won't buy stacks and stacks of books from other publishers, but I'm definitely always on the look out for Chronicle Books.
Does anyone else have some favorite books from Chronicle? Did you notice the glasses? Does anybody else pay attention to publishers or have a favorite?