Read this yesterday for the first time. It was a slow Sunday afternoon — the soporific heat making it even slower — and wow, I really perked up on the first page turn. The book’s simple, serene text coupled with stunning, sweeping illustrations tell the story of a day in the life of the San Francisco Bay. Illustrator Grady McFerrin does an incredble job highlighting the meaningful landmarks that make living in the Bay area a beautiful and unique experience. A few readings of Boats on the Bay will make you feel like you’re out bobbing on the water breathing in its cold, wet air, taking in a fresh perspective and a welcome break from the sometimes congested life on land. It’s one of the loveliest, most thoughtful tributes to San Francisco. No question one of our favorites this year, for so many reasons.