Forgive me in advance: nothing is capitalized as I just can't face it with all the titles of books, there are run-on sentences and this is a long post. But it's about books, as requested. And I can't resist a plug for a GREAT independent bookstore (yes, they still exist) called Book Ends, in Winchester, MA. I must hang my head in shame since I only buy books on my kindle, but if YOU buy books from Judy Manzo, I shall feel successful. the children's book section is very large, wonderful, with a big variety (not all dora the explorer, elmo and other TV books, which I do not consider literature, just kiddie crack, but are very successful and I do know children love them). also they sell lots of adult books, but again, that darn kindle is killing these bookstores! so go in and just browse, or ask the
another great resource: the children's librarian at your local library. they know every book that is new, old, etc. and about anything. so if your child loves the moon, get moon books - loves trains? get those!
this is mostly a list of picture books, which are great until kids are 8-10 years old, just have to read longer and more involved ones as they get older. of course, they'll also start to read chapter books eventually, but picture books have such beatiful art as well as language (as long as you're not reading dora the explorer or whatever - that doesn't have great art, lol)
anything by don and audrey wood: napping house, silly sally, king bidgood's in the bathtub and he won't get out (this is great for older kids), and the little mouse, the red ripe strawberrry and the big hungry bear - this is probably my all-time favorite book in the world. I wish they'd keep writing but I don't know of any other books they've written although i'm a bit out of the loop. oh, and get the real picture books, not the board books which have seriously shortened these books.
jane yolen books: owl moon (so hauntingly beautiful and if you can get it read on CD that's also beautiful. off we go is great for younger children with less attention span but beautiful art and language. oh! just say Elsie's Bird that she either wrote or illustrated, I've never read that one but I'm always game for a yolen book. and i just saw another, Hush little Horsie.
David Small is a good author/illustrator (does both or one or the other for various books)
denise fleming writes and illustrates great books
mother, mother, i feel sick send for the doctor quick quick quick is a great book! I had it as a child (so it's old as dirt) and I still have that copy, but I also found they'd republished it so maybe you can still find it.
go away big green monster!
little old lady who wasn't afraid of anything by linda williams
the little red hen makes a pizza (might want to introduce the more traditional little red hen (you know, gets the wheat, grinds it up, makes it into flour, makes bread, all by herself without help, but others do want to eat it - we've all read it)
gingerbread man story - retold by a million people
jan brett - the mitten is her best one, I think. and then of course she's done a million books, all look and feel the same to me bec. her art is very distinctive. the one about the reindeer is a bit different, but the hat is the SAME STORY as the Mitten except, um, for the hat. The Mitten is a retellling of a traditional story, so you can also get other The Mitten books and compare and contrast the slight differences, which for 4 yr olds is interesting. I'm a bit bitter about how all her books are the SAME and yet she's made it so big in the children's publishing industry.
So, this is the same book as jan Brett's the mitten, but illustrated differently with a tiny bit difference (woodcutter loses mitten, it's striped): The Woodcutter's Mitten: An Old Tale by Loek koopmans.
mama, do you love me? an inuit tale - by barbara joose (and she wrote some others)
Barbara Berger wrote Grandfather Twilight, such a beautiful book, so simple, wonderful book before bed. she's written other books, too
Anansi is a trickster tale from africa (I think?) so there are many stories about that trickster spider! Gerald McDermott has illustrated some, but so have others.
the relatives came, by cynthia rylant (and she's written many other great ones, including chapter books when your kids get there)
books written by patricia polacco -she's done lots
Froggy books - some like them, others don't (the art ain't great, but it's not all about the art, either) titles are like froggy goes to school, froggy plays soccer\, froggy goes to bed... you get the picture, there is a book for every like, dislike, fear and thing so some like to read them
one starry night by lauren thompson
the "frances" books are good, Bedtime for Frances by Russell Holmes is one of them but there are a few- probably many of you read these when you were young, but they are still good books. For some reason I like med's daughter would like them, frances is a bit of a worry-wart and she makes up little songs... and someone else has a slow to warm up daughter, too (poppy?) who might like these. He's also written other books, I just discovered (barnes and noble's website is my go-to) and one looks beautiful: rosie's magic horse. Oh, and he wrote The Mouse and His Child - that might be one to read to older PS's - I think it's a chapter book.
then there's the berenstein bears although I consider those torturous to read, so beware! but boy, they are like crack, kids eat em up. they are "problem" books, so there is one for every issue (baby sister, too much snacks, no bedtime, school issues, blah blah)
angelina ballerina is popular with some kids (mostly girls, as much as I hate to admit that there are "girl" books and "boy" books, ugh). I think they are formulaic so I'm less impressed but they are beautiful.
I hate the books, but everyone else in the world loves the Madeline books - stupid little girls lined up in rows, but kids eat it up!
Mouse mess and other books by linnea asplind riley - she also illustrates other books, like the following book: Song of night, it's time to go to bed, written by katherine riley nakamura.
Caps for Sale
the Hungry thing by jan slepian (this is a great book about rhyming, so it's great with 4 yr olds who are starting to like to listen for and think of "all the words that start with b, banana, boy, bike, boot.... this one deals with endings of words, so shmickle sounds like tickle sounds like pickle to me is the refrain of this book - I read this with my 4 yr olds and they then wrote their own "hungry thing" foods he likes... )
everyone likes rice is an interesting non-fiction book, so is everyone likes bread.
oh, tomie depaola books are great, old tales from italy - strega nona is one.
Matt Tavares is a wonderful illustrator, if you don't have Twas the Night Before christmas as he illustrated it, please do get it for your christmas eve nightly reading, it's so beautiful!
he's written and illustrated Zachary's Ball if you have a baseball fan in the house. Oh! and Jack and the Beanstalk, too, looks beautiful, I'll have to check it out - and he's done other books, too, he's been busy!
Mrs. Biddlebox, by Linda smith is simply wonderful! very different art for a children's book.
books by Leo Lionni: Frederick, Swimmy, and others I can't remember.
books written by eve bunting, including: Flower Garden, Big Bear's Little Boat (about growing out of things, a great one when you are having a new baby arrive, but also about getting bigger, growing out of things, but there are new things for you as you get bigger), then there's the companion to that book, Big Bear's Big Boat, which I've not read. and there are more, - look her up on barnes and noble. she's written chapter books when your kids to that stage, too.
you do read the typical new england books, that are really good: Blueberries for Sal, make Way for ducklings, and other books by by McCloskey, right? these older books are very long, as was the style a long time ago, so they are good for older kids with an attention span - john burningham is in that same style - long but great! Oh, remember Lentil? and the other Sal book about losing a tooth?
rooster can't cock-a-doodle do (don't know this, but sounds good)
the jacket I wear in the snow - told using rebuses (you know, having the picture instead of the word), it's a cool book! I'm sure your kids' schools will use this book in winter time or if they are doing a theme on clothing, etc.
Mr. Gumpy's Outing (and a few other Mr. gumpy books) by John Burningham. he is a very famous children's book author from long ago, but his books are still in print because they are classics and there are some really great ones! Cannonball Simp is a great one, so is Courtney.
another classic author: Willliam Steig - wrote Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
BOOKS THAT FEATURE AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN: http://als.lib.wi.us/AACList.html is a link to children's literature featuring black children, which I think is important for both black and white children to be exposed to. I know 3 on the list: amazing grace, aunt flossie's hats, the talking eggs but others I'm not familiar with.
authors who feature black children:
irene smalls (jonathan and his mommy, jonathan and his daddy)
Flower Garden, by eve bunting
tales by uncle lester by julius lester - fables from the african american culture
books by jerry pinkney - he also illustrates other books. he did a little red hen that's probably beautiful and would be interesting to read with the pizza one. (it's just fun to read the 'same' story told in different ways, and illustrates that there's no one right way....)
BOOKS THAT FEATURE ASIAN CHILDREN:
chih-yuan chen wrote two books I know: On my way to buy eggs (which I really like), and guji-guji (don't remember much about that one, to be honest)
hush, a thai lullaby (so incredibly beautiful, it's a must own)
In the snow and then another: at the beach both by huy voun lee - these are books that feature writing using chinese characters, you'll just have to look at one to know what I mean. OH! lee has written other books I just discovered, wow! check them out!
here is a link by the San Francisco public library of books featuring asian children of different backgrounds and nationalities: http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=2000154101
finally, a link for read-alouds (not picture books) like Charlotte's Web, etc.: (My Father's Dragon is on this list, I guess I should just read the book!) http://www.childrens-books-and-reading.com/read-aloud-books.html
OK, I could go on and on (and went to consult my children's book shelf and discovered that one i was trying to remember must be at the center, along with probably a million other books, better get them back...)