A Nest for Celeste

I imagine one of my students standing before you and saying, "Yes, you've told us a dozen times that Henry's Cole's A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home is a visual stunner reminiscent of Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Cole’s black and white pencil illustrations are as integral as the words he writes. The story follows Celeste, a mouse who realizes home is where you make it, and that the relationships you establish are more important than where you are. A tale to savor and a work of art to treasure for years to come." (Travis and I named Celeste the ninth best book of 2010.)

Take a peek inside A Nest for Celeste!

Henry Cole's love and respect for nature started at a young age.

Head over to Henry's beautiful website and play some games.

Henry answers four questions about illustrating children's books.

Anita Silvey's Children's Book-A-Day Almanac is a bibliophile's best friend. Anita honored Celeste on February 11, 2011.

Pamela Duncan Edwards discusses her relationship with Henry Cole.

Eric Perl's words + Henry's illustrations = Chicken Butt!

Borrow A Nest for Celeste from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.


  1. I feel like this one slipped under the 2010 radar a bit - thanks for highlighting it!

  2. I agree. I talk about it any chance I get. Henry Cole was at last year's children's lit breakfast.


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