I don't know about the rest of you, but I cannot go near a bookstore nowadays without being sucked in and spending my hard earned "retirement" funds. I will probably end up one of those poor souls who eats pet food because I frittered away my "wealth" on children's books. I started buying books when I read Kathy Barbro's blog, Art Projects for Kids and Patty Palmer's blog, Deep Space Sparkle(Ilove Patty's blog!). I love to start a project with my student's with a story. A picture is truly worth a thousand more pictures! I really think it helps student's make better color and texture choices in their artwork after viewing professional illustrator's work. Just throwing this out there into the blogosphere, so, discuss!