Monday, September 6, 2010

Reading List

First of all, here's a few MUST reads.  The ol' tried and true are mixed in with the new in no specific order, just as they've come to mind.  It's certainly not an exhaustive list; we'll add to it as we go along.
  • Blueberries for Sal -- Robert McCloskey
  • Make way for Ducklings -- Robert Mc Closkey
  • One Morning in Maine -- Robert McCloskey
  • Dandelion -- Don Freeman (this is our personal favorite over Corduroy)
  • Happy Birthday Moon -- Frank Asch
  • Popcorn -- Frank Asch
  • The Relatives Came -- Cynthia Rylant (great children's author)
  • When I Was Young in the Mountains -- Cynthia Rylant, illus. Diane Goode
  • Harry the Dirty Dog -- Gene Zion
  • Miss Rumphius -- Barbara Cooney
  • The Little Engine that Could -- Watty Piper (a classic; be sure to get the original edition, as they've "updated" the illustrations, which I personally don't like as much)
  • Apples and Pumpkins -- Anne Rockwell
  • Thanksgiving is Here! -- Diane Goode (great illus.)
  • The Most Perfect Spot -- Diane Goode
  • Owl Moon -- Jane Yolen (famous children's author)
  • Honey Bear's Snowy Adventure -- Gillian Lobel, illus. Tim Warnes
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker -- retold by Jim LaMarche
  • Ox-Cart Man -- Barbara Cooney
  • Snowflake Bentley -- Mary Azarian
  • Kitten's First Full Moon -- Kevin Henkes
  • Freight Train -- Donald Crews
  • The Pokey Little Puppy -- Janette Sebring Lowrey
  • In the Small, Small Pond -- Denise Fleming
  • Jamberry -- Bruce Degen
  • Toot and Puddle books -- Holly Hobbie
  • Berenstain Bears books -- Stan & Jan Berenstain
  • Franklin books -- Paulette Bourgeois
  • Madeline books -- Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Fancy Nancy books -- Jane O'connor, illus. Robin Preiss Glasser
  • Angelina Ballerina books -- Katharine Holabaird, illus. Helen Craig
  • Curious George books -- H. A. Rey

Books that my kids want read over and over and over again.  A GREAT activity for them to do with these books: as you are reading the book for the second or third time, leave out a rhyming word or a repetitve phrase for them to say (my Mom taught me that this is good preliteracy activity).
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt -- retold by Michael Rosen, illus. Helen Oxenbury
  • Owl Babies -- Martin Waddell
  • Great Day for UP -- Dr. Seuss
  • Ask Mr. Bear -- Marjorie Flack
  • Better Not Get Wet, Jesse Bear -- Nancy Carlstron
  • The Napping House -- Audrey and Don Wood
  • Mr. Gumpy's Outing -- John Burningham
  • The Wind Blew -- Pat Hutchins
  • Caps for Sale --Esphyr Slobodkina
  • The Rain Came Down -- David Shannon
  • Duck on a Bike -- David Shannon
  • Tikki Tikki Tembo -- retold by Arlene Mosel, illus. Blair Lent
  • Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb -- Al Perkins
  • Bear books by Karma Wilson: Bear Feels Sick, Bear Stays Up, Bear Wants More, etc.

Authors and/or illustrators that you need to check out MANY of their books:
  • Beatrix Potter 
  • A. A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh books)
  • Jan Brett (our favorites are The Mitten, Hedgie's Surprise, Daisy Comes Home, Annie and the Wild Animals; however, I don't at all care for her interpretation of Noah's Ark.)
  • Virginia Lee Burton (especially The Little House)
  • Tasha Tudor (Pumpkin Moonshine is one of our all time favorites)
  • Ezra Jack Keats (check out Snowy Day and Little Drummer Boy first)
  • Leo Lionni (we like Inch By Inch best)
  • Jerry Pinkney (especially Noah's Ark, Aesop's Fables, and God Bless the Child)
  • Paul Galdone (especially The Little Red Hen, Gingerbread Man, and Three Billy Goats Gruff)
  • Richard Scarry
  • Patricia Polacco
  • Margaret Wise Brown
  • Kevin Henkes
  • Shirley Hughes
  • Eloise Wilkin
  • Eric Carle
  • Tomie de Paola
  • Charlotte Zolotow
  • Dr. Seuss (aka Theodor Geisel)

"I Can Read" series books that the kids love:
  • Frog and Toad -- Arnold Lobel (quite a hit in our home)
  • Little Bear -- Else Minarik
  • Amelia Bedelia -- Peggy Parish
  • Clifford -- Norman Bridwell
  • Arthur -- Marc Brown


  1. Em, you make me want to haul my boys' books out and read to them again. Such wonderful books on your lists!

  2. Have you read any of the Bill Peet books? He was an artist for Disney years ago. We loved all of his children's books, and I still also love reading his autobiography.

  3. Meg, Please recommend your favorite Bill Peet books, as I am not very familiar with him. Thanks!