The Typewriter by Bill Thomson

The Author:

 Bill Thomson is the creator of Chalk and Fossil and the illustrator of Baseball HourKarate HourSoccer Hourand Building with Dad, all written by Carol Nevius. Thomson’s books have received many accolades: the National Parenting Publications Gold Award, designation as a Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association, a Teacher’s Choice selection from the International Reading Association, a Booklist Editor’s Choice, the Connecticut Book Award for Children’s Illustrator, Kentucky’s Bluegrass Award, Ohio’s Buckeye Children’s Book Award, and the Prix Livrentête in Paris, France. Thomson’s artwork has also received more than 75 awards in the country’s most prestigious juried illustration competitions.

Thomson lives with his family in Southington, Connecticut and is also a professor of illustration at the University of Hartford. To see more of his artwork, visit:

The Book:  

As a huge fan of wordless books, I was super excited to receive a copy of The Typewriter by Bill Thomson.  (Thanks Blue Slip Media!)   His book Chalk is one of my all time favorite picture books.  

When I first opened the book, I flipped through to take a quick glance at the illustrations.  One word:  GORGEOUS

Then I looked more closely at the characters: 3 diverse children.  Thank you Bill!  Children love seeing themselves in books and not all children are blonde-haired & blue-eyed boys!  #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Finally, I "read" the story, picture by picture.  Next, I read it again.  Then I shared it with my son.  Each reading of the book I fell a bit more in love and noticed new details in the illustrations.  

It's no exaggeration to say this book is truly magical.  Children of all ages will feel a sense of wonder as they explore the story. 

I now have a new favorite picture book on my list!  

But don't just take my word for it, get a copy for your own to share.


One lucky winner will receive a copy of THE TYPEWRITER (U.S. addresses).

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Download a CCSS-aligned curriculum guide at this link.

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  1. Thanks for your kind words and wonderful review, Sherry! I am always happy to hear that wonderful teachers like you enjoy my books- and since my wife is from Indiana, that you are sharing them with Hoosier kids!


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