What is it about this book that makes me want to tuck it into my bag and carry it around all day? I think its the soft colors and the gentle tone. It’s one of those books that make me feel like if things get a little too crazy, looking at it would make me smile. A Sick Day for Amos McGee is a simple story of a zookeeper who visits his best animal friends every day. When Amos get sick, they naturally return the favor and visit Amos – at his home. The illustrations by Erin Stead are lovely. Look at Amos’s face. He looks so kind – exactly like the sort of person who would play a card game with an elephant and a penguin. There are wonderful small touches. When you see the book, check out the teddy bear sitting on Amos’s bed on the very first page – and then look where he’s sleeping on the final spread. This one will find its way to lots of children this coming school year – and another copy will stay in my collection of favorite books.