Thursday, September 23, 2010

Almost 300 Good Things

Today, Rich and Lynn Matheny sent me the list of books they’ve collected to donate to the DC Public Library in Hudson’s memory. There are 276 titles on the list, and there are multiple copies of many of them. I am, as ever, utterly overwhelmed by the love, kindness, and generosity shared with us since Hudson died. The knowledge that nearly three hundred books with our sweet Hudson’s name in them will be enjoyed by children here in DC for decades to come—well (and this doesn’t happen often), I can’t really even express in words how that makes me feel. Reading, playing with, and talking to her books were some of Hudson’s favorite pastimes, and one of our favorite activities with her, too—many of her most beloved titles are on this list. It is difficult to imagine a tribute more fitting to her spirit of curiosity and her love of books.

Thanks so much to Rich and Lynn for conceiving of such a wonderful idea to remember our girl and for all their hard work coordinating with the library system, collecting all the books, and creating and placing all the bookplates. And thanks to all of you who donated books in sweet Hudson’s name. We’re just so grateful to everyone who took part in this beautiful gift for our girl.

I wanted to share the list with you not only to say thanks, and not only so you could marvel with me at how amazing it is, but also in case there are some titles you haven’t seen before that you might want to share with the little ones in your life.  And maybe you could tell them Hudson’s story, too.  Thank you, everyone.  Thank you so much. 

Each Peach Pear PlumJanet & Allan Ahlberg
Baby Einstein: First WordsJulie Aigner-Clark
A You're AdorableMartha Alexander
Heaven is Having YouGiles Andreae
Dinosaurs Galore!Giles Andreae
Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding HoodMike Artell
Once Upon a CurseE.D. Baker
Humbug RabbitLorna Balian
The Grey Lady and the Strawberry SnatcherMolly Bang
And If the Moon Could TalkKate Banks
The Donkey's DreamBarbara Helen Berger
Pelle's New SuitElsa Beskow
Franklin's Birthday PartyPaulette Bourgeois & Brenda Clark
Barnyard Dance!Sandra Boynton
Belly Button BookSandra Boynton
* Hippos Go Berserk!Sandra Boynton
Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!Sandra Boynton
The Going to Bed BookSandra Boynton
Your Personal PenguinSandra Boynton
What Can You Make of It?Franz Brandenberg
Hand RhymesMarc Brown
* Goodnight MoonMargaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Moon 1, 2, 3Margaret Wise Brown,
The Little IslandMargaret Wise Brown & Leonard Weisgard
Little BeautyAnthony Browne
A Little PrincessFrances Hodgson Burnett
Choo ChooVirginia Lee Burton
Mike Mulligan and His Steam ShovelVirginia Lee Burton
* The Little HouseVirginia Lee Burton
The Dark, Dark NightM. Christina Butler & Jane Chapman
The Bears' Famous Invasion of SicilyDino Buzzati
Princess in the SpotlightMeg Cabot
Biscuit Goes to SchoolAlyssa Satin Capucilli
Eric Carle's Very Little LibraryEric Carle
My Very First Book of ShapesEric Carle
My Very First LibraryEric Carle
* The Very Busy SpiderEric Carle
The Very Hungry CaterpillarEric Carle
The Very Quiet CricketEric Carle
Alice in WonderlandLewis Carroll
Eugene the BraveEllen Conford
Miss RumphiusBarbara Cooney
Maisy Takes a BathLucy Cousins
Maisy's Big Flap BookLucy Cousins
Maisy's First Game BookLucy Cousins
Chasing Red BirdSharon Creech
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That TypeDoreen Cronin
You Are My I Love YouMaryann Cusimano
The Story of BabarJean de Brunhoff
Bluebird's NestDorothea DePrisco
Llama Llama Red PajamaAnna Dewdney
Neela: Victory SongChitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Shore Road MysteryFranklin W. Dixon
The GruffaloJulia Donaldson
Leo the Lightning BugEric Drachman
Hello, TillyPolly Dunbar
Go, Dog. Go!P.D. Eastman
Sam and the FireflyP.D. Eastman
Color ZooLois Elhert
OliviaIan Falconer
Olivia Saves the CircusIan Falconer
Olivia…and the Missing ToyIan Falconer
OppositesNina Filipek
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11Brian Floca
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald PartridgeMem Fox
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little ToesMem Fox & Helen Oxenburg
* On the Day You Were BornDebra Frasier
Blueberry GirlNeil Gaiman
Christina Katerina & the BoxPatricia Lee Gauch
EnvyAnna Godbersen
My FriendsTaro Gomi
Rules for SchoolAlec Greven
Bad Dog, MarleyJohn Grogan
Is Your Mama a Llama?Deborah Guarino
Daddy CuddlesAnne Gutman & Georg Hallensleben
A Good DayKevin Henkes
Misty of ChincoteagueMarguerite Henry
I Like Black and WhiteBarbara Jean Hicks
Where's Spot?Eric Hill
Minuk: Ashes in the PathwayKirkpatrick Hill
If You Were My BabyFran Hodgkins
Garmann's SummerStian Hole
Everything on a WafflePolly Horvath
Peekaboo MorningRachel Isadora
The Littlest Christmas TreeJanie Jasin
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
Mommy Loves MeJohn & Wendy
The Phantom TollboothNorton Juster
A Mother for ChocoKeiko Kasza
A Potty for Me!Karen Katz
Where is Baby's Mommy?Karen Katz
The Snowy DayEzra Jack Keats
Nancy Drew: The Clue in the DiaryCarolyn Keene
Nancy Drew: The Clue in the Old StagecoachCarolyn Keene
Nancy Drew: The Clue of the Dancing PuppetCarolyn Keene
Nancy Drew: The Hidden StaircaseCarolyn Keene
Nancy Drew: The Moonstone Castle MysteryCarolyn Keene
Nancy Drew: The Mystery of the Fire DragonCarolyn Keene
* Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow RanchCarolyn Keene
Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Golden PavilionCarolyn Keene
My Senator and MeSen. Edward M. Kennedy
Diary of a Wimpy KidJeff Kinney
Life-Size AquariumTeruyuki Komiya
Life-Size ZooTeruyuki Komiya
We're Riding on a CaravanLaurie Krebs & Helen Cann
Head, Shoulder, Knees and ToesAnnie Kubler
The Philharmonic Gets DressedKarla Kuskin
Cora Cooks PancitDorina K. Lazo Gilmore
* The Story of FerdinandMunro Leaf
Wee GillisMunro Leaf
WaveSuzy Lee
An Undone Fairy TaleIan Lendler
Henry's Freedom BoxEllen Levine
I'll Always Love YouPaeony Lewis
Owl at HomeArnold Lobel
Froggy Learns to SwimJonathan London
* Put Me in the ZooRobert Lopshire
Fergus the Sea DogTony Maddox
The Feelings Books: The Care & Keeping of Your EmotionsLynda Madison
The Laughing DragonKenneth Mahood
George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best FriendsJames Marshall
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle
* Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do you Hear? (oversized edition)Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle
The Babysitter's Club Ann M. Martin
I Spy: A to ZJean Marzollo
Elmo's Big Lift-And-Look BookJoe Mathieu
Guess How Much I Love YouSam McBratney
Blueberries for SalRobert McCloskey
* Make Way for DucklingsRobert McCloskey
Elmer's ColorsDavid McKee
Just Like My MomDavid Melling
I Love You As MuchLaura Krauss Melmed
How High is the Sky?Anna Milbourne & Serena Riglietti
Baby FacesMargaret Miller
Little BearElse Holmelund Minarik
Sesame Street Elmo's Favorite PlacesCarol Monica
Anne of Green GablesL.M. Montgomery
Lighthouse - A Story of RemembranceRobert Munsch
Love You ForeverRobert Munsch
The Three QuestionsJon J. Muth
Daughter of VeniceDonna Jo Napoli
Helping Our Animal FriendsNational Geographic
The Boys Start the WarPhyllis Reynolds Naylor
Tax and Sugar - A Big City Kitty DittyBarbara Johansen Newman
Fancy Nancy Favorite Fancy WordsJane O'Conner & Robin Preiss Glasser
Junie Jones Has a Monster Under Her BedBarbara Park
The Family BookTodd Parr
The Peace BookTodd Parr
The Kissing HandAudrey Penn
Bradley and the Great Swamp MysteryRuth Lerner Perle
The Big Orance SplotD. Manus Pinkwater
Mommies Say Shhh!Patricia Pollaco
Peter Rabbit's Giant StorybookBeatrix Potter
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-DuckBeatrix Potter
* The Tale of Peter RabbitBeatrix Potter
An Extraordinary Life - The Story of a Monarch ButterflyLaurence Pringle
Where is Bear?Tish Rabe
Baby BelugaRaffi
How Full is Your Bucket?Tom Rath & Mary Reckmeyer
Goodnight GorillaPeggy Rathmann
I Am a BunnyOle Risom
My Big Animal BookPriddy Roger
The More We Are TogetherTanya Roitman
Oliver Finds His WayPhyllis Root
Little PeaAmy Krouse Rosenthal
I Love You Through and ThroughBernadette Rossetti-Shustak
Harry Potter and the Half Blood PrinceJ.K. Rowling
All in a DayCynthia Rylant
*All the WorldLiz Garton Scanlon
Richard Scarry's Best Word Book EverRichard Scarry
Skippyjon JonesJudy Schachner
Skippyjon Jones in Mummy TroubleJudy Schachner
Skippyjon Jones in the Dog HouseJudy Schachner
Skippyjon Jones: Shape UpJudy Schachner
The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for GirlsValerie Schaefer
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie BrownCharles M. Schulz
What Makes a RainbowBetty Schwartz
Where the Wild Things AreMaurice Sendak
Green Eggs and HamDr. Seuss
Horton Hears a Who!Dr. Seuss
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!Dr. Seuss
If I Ran the ZooDr. Seuss
* My Many Colored DaysDr. Seuss
* Oh, the Places You'll GoDr. Seuss
* One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue FishDr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss's ABCDr. Seuss
Sneetches and Other StoriesDr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat Comes BackDr. Seuss
The Foot BookDr. Seuss
The LoraxDr. Seuss
Black BeautyAnna Sewell
No, DavidDavid Shannon
The Complete Tales and PoemsErnest Shephard
* The Giving TreeShel Silverstein
Where the Sidewalk EndsShel Silverstein
FredPosy Simmonds
World's Greatest MomKath Smith
Encyclopedia Brown Mystery CollectionDonald J. Sobol
So You Want to Be PresidentJudith St. George & David Small
Millie Waits for the MailAlexander Steffensmeier
Sylvester and the Magic PebbleWilliam Steig
Dinosaur Roar!Paul Stickland & Henrietta
Where, Oh Where Is Huggle Buggle Bear?Katherine Sully & Janet Samuel
Joseph Had a Little OvercoatSimms Taback
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a FlySimms Taback
Flossie Flounder, a Tale of a Flat FishSuzanne Tate
Katie K. Whales, a Whale of a TaleSuzanne Tate
The Cay Theodore Taylor
Hope Is An Open HeartLauren Thompson
Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the WorldRoseanne Thong
* On the Night You Were BornNancy Tillman
Baa Baa Black SheepIza Trapani
Down to the Sea with Mr. MageeChris van Dusen
If I Built a CarChris van Dusen
The Circus ShipChris van Dusen
CatMatthew van Fleet
Lyle, Lyle, CrocodileBernard Waber
Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?Martin Waddell
Can You See What I See? Treasure ShipWalter Wick
Are You Ready to Play Outside?Mo Willems
City Dog, Country FrogMo Willems
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!Mo Willems
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!Mo Willems
I Am Invited to a Party!Mo Willems
I Will Surprise My Friend!Mo Willems
* The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too!Mo Willems
The Pigeon Loves Things That Go!Mo Willems
The Pigeon Wants a PuppyMo Willems
Today I Will Fly!Mo Willems
The Velveteen RabbitMargery Williams
"More More More," Said the BabyVera B. Williams
A Chair for My MotherVera B. Williams
The Bog BabyJeanne Willis & Gwen Millward
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry BearDon and Audrey Wood
Spring Pearl: The Last FlowerLaurence Yep
The Wheels on the BusPaul O. Zelinsky
123 Sesame Street
ABC and 1, 2, 3: A Sesame Street Treasury of Words and Numbers
Baby's First Quack
Big Cats
Bolt: Luxury Edition
Curious George - What Do You See?
Goldilocks and Other Fairytales
If You're Happy and You Know It
Just for Mommy!
Little Golden Book: The Boy and the Tigers
Little Golden Book: The Fire Engine Book
Little Golden Book: The House that Jack Built
Little Golden Book: I Can Fly
Little Golden Book: I'm a Truck
Little Golden Book: The Jolly Barnyard
Little Golden Book: Kitty's New Doll
Little Golden Book: The Pokey Little Puppy
Little Golden Book: The Saggy Baggy Elephant
Little Golden Book: Seven Little Postmen
Monarch Butterfly Mini Book
Noisy Peekaboo!
Ocean Tails
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Percival the Plain Little Caterpillar
Peter Rabbit: I Love You
Safari Pop-Up
Snow White and Other Fairytales
Ten Baby Animals
The Cheerios Halloween Play Book
The Little Mermaid
Things That Go
Toy Story 3
* Multiple copies


  1. Another impressive example of just how very much people love and support you, and just how many lives you three have touched. I know Hudson's joy will be passed through and through to every single child that touches all of these books at the library. Thank you Rich and Lynn for all of your organization and ideas. We all love and miss you so much, sweet Hudson.

  2. What a beautiful, amazing tribute! That's quite a list, and a sweet testimony to how much Hudson was loved and how many lives she touched.

  3. HOLY MOLY! What an amazing list! I am blown away! Blessings on all the sweet heads...especially Hudson's.

  4. This is such a brilliant tribute. Thank you, Rich and Lynn, for organizing this and letting so many of us make a small contribution to Hudson's memory. I know that many of these books are going to be in and out of my house in the coming years, and I'm so glad that they'll come with a reminder of Hudson's beautiful life.

  5. I hope that 'somewhere' Hudson is chortling to herself, thinking of all of the children who will get to read her books.

    A big hug and thanks to your friends, Rich and Lynn, for such a perfectly brilliant tribute to your sweet girl.

  6. This is just too too cool. What a wonderful community and what a perfect way to remember Hudson. Wow. - Alex K.

  7. It was amazing, thanks to Rich and Lynn. I am glad I was able to be a part of this.

  8. Rich and Lynn gave us a way to express our love for Hudson. We are thrilled that Hudson's love will be passed on. What a beautiful tribute. Thank You! Renee

  9. That is an amazing list. I can spot many of my favourites there. Lots of Dr Seuss and the lovely Neil Gaiman's Blueberry Girl. That is such a special book. What a wonderful tribute to Hudson. xo

  10. What an amazing legacy with such great books.