March 2, 2011
If you’re just joining us (welcome!), we’re celebrating National Read Across America Day (which is TODAY!).
Happy Birthday, dear Dr. Seuss – you completely changed children’s literature and we’re forever grateful. If it weren’t for you, we’d be reading Dick and Jane Readers until our eyes turned blue from boredom.
(Last year we celebrated this sacred day with a Brilliant Author Series dedicated to Dr. Seuss, and listed every book he ever wrote -and there were tons – so be sure to check it out!)
Contributing Writer Sarah Farthing and I collaborated on this list and boy, was it tough!
Please note, the symbols, (+++) after an author’s name denotes that there are many more titles by this same author that you should discover. In many cases, we just closed our eyes and picked one. With names like Robert McCloskey, Mo Willems, Virginia Lee Burton, Chris Van Dusen, David Shannon, Dr. Seuss – their titles alone could make up the whole list.
So off we go…
Make Way for Ducklings
by Robert McCloskey (+++)
Purely, innocently, Brilliant.
Where the Wild Things Are
By Maurice Sendak
Our wonderful world doesn’t value make-believe enough. We need to let our kids pretend. Seriously.
What a Wonderful World
By Ashley Bryan
Beautiful illustrations of the Louis Armstrong standard; what can be better?
Just Enough and Not Too Much
By Kaethe Zemach
A simple story about finding happiness in moderation.
By Virginia Lee Burton (+++)
A masterpiece of the history of our Earth.
By John J. Muth
If we all pitch in and give, this world would taste amazing.
The Empty Pot
Truth, truth, truth. It’s the most important thing.
The Quiltmaker’s Gift
By Jeff Brumbeau
Beautifully illustrated and a great tale about giving.
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
By Jon Scieszka
Funny, clever, and great for teaching perspective.
Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen
By Carl Best
A bright girl’s love of bike riding fuels her ingenuity.
The Story Of Ruby Bridges
By Robert Coles
The perseverance of this little girl is utterly remarkable.
So You Want To Be President?
By Judith St. George
Packed with little funny tidbits about our Presidents.
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!
By Mo Willems (+++)
Hilarious! Willems must be part of your library.
By Sarah Stewart (+++)
Heartwarming and humble.
Duck on a Bike
By David Shannon (+++)
A Winner on any night.
The Relatives Came
By Cynthia Rylant (+++)
A heartwarming tale of a good old-fashioned road trip!
If I Built a Car
By Chris Van Dusen (+++)
So imaginative! What would your car include?
The Giving Tree
By Shel Silverstein
Something to ponder: what is Silverstein teaching us?
Click Clack Moo
By Doreen Cronin
A brilliant comedy about life on the farm.
The Seven Silly Eaters
By Mary Ann Hoberman
When 7 kids get picky, watch how things get sticky.
Yertle the Turtle
By Dr. Seuss (+++)
Dr. Seuss, I am utterly grateful to you.
The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear
By David Bruins
A must- read, memorable legend about friendship.
Little by Little
By Amber Stewart
A tall tale about starting small and finishing big.
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy
By Jacky Davis
When two friends are at play, a compromise can save the day!
The Pout Pout Fish
By Deborah Diesen
A bright new twist on turning a frown upside down.
And the honorable mentions go to:
The Story of Ferdinand
The Seven Chinese Brothers
Ready for Anything!
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Go, Dog. Go!
The Little House
Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go
Katy and the Big Snow Book & CD
Too Many Toys
What are your favorites? What titles did we miss? Do you have memories of some of these titles from your own childhood?
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