World Book Day: Children’s Books

This may just be my largest/longest post in this mini series.  As a child there wasn’t many times I was caught without my nose in a book.  I would have to be told several times to leave it away from the dinner table, I would take it in the bath with me, the car, shopping – quite literally anywhere I went, there was a book attached to my hand.  So when I had to decide on a focus area for my education degree, there was no question that it would be English.  Above all else, I want my degree to allow me to find work with children’s literacy.  I truly can’t even put into words the impact books had on my childhood, but I’ll settle with saying, I’m glad I’ll never have to find out.

These are just a few (though many) of my childhood favorites and a few I’ve had to study throughout the last few years.

Children’s Must-Reads:

Charlotte’s Web

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter.

The Cat in the Hat

Poor Dick and Sally. It’s cold and wet and they’re stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the place in the process!

Heidi

At the age of five, little orphan Heidi is sent to live with her grandfather in the Alps. Everyone in the village is afraid of him, but Heidi is fascinated by his long beard and bushy grey eyebrows. She loves her life in the mountains, playing in the sunshine and growing up amongst the goats and birds. But one terrible day, Heidi is collected by her aunt and is made to live with a new family in town. Heidi can’t bear to be away from her grandfather; can she find a way back up the mountain, where she belongs?

*Snag a free copy for Kindle over on Amazon – link is title!*

The Wizard of Oz

In a terrifying instant of darkness, a tornado snatches up Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto, whirling them on the wild wind out of Kansas and straight to Oz.

In this wondrous world of sorcery and danger, Munchkins, flying monkeys, talking mice and fighting trees, all Dorothy wants to do is go home…

Together with the Scarecrow who wants a brain, the Tin Man who wants a heart, and the Cowardly Lion who wants courage, Dorothy and Toto must follow the Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard of the Emerald City. But before the wizard of Oz will grant their wishes, Dorothy and her friends must do the impossible–Destroy the all-powerful Wicked Witch of the West….

*Snag a free copy for Kindle over on Amazon – link is title!*

Amelia Bedelia

From dressing the chicken to drawing the drapes, Amelia Bedelia does exactly what Mr. and Mrs. Rogers tell her to do. If things get a bit mixed up, well, that’s okay. When Amelia Bedelia is involved, everything always turns out perfectly in the end!

Oh the Places You’ll Go!

Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the perfect send-off for grads—from nursery school, high school, college, and beyond! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within.

Babysitters Club

Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and Dawn are The Baby-sitters Club! Whatever comes up — cranky toddlers, huge dogs, scary neighbors, prank calls — you can count on them to save the day.

Raina Telgemeier, using the signature style featured in her acclaimed graphic novels Smile and Sisters, perfectly captures all the drama and humor of the original novels by Ann M. Martin!

Ramona Collection

Kids everywhere feel connected to Ramona’s unique way of looking at the world as she tries to adjust to new teachers, feels jealous about Susan’s curls, and is secretly pleased by Yard Ape’s teasing. The scrapes she gets herself into—like wearing pajamas to school or accidentally making egg yolk shampoo—are funny and heartwarming, and sometimes embarrassing. No matter what—Ramona’s lively, curious spirit shines through.

The appeal of the Beverly Cleary’s stories about Ramona Quimby havenever faded. For the first time, all eight of Beverly Cleary’s Ramonatitles are now included in one box set:

Beezus and Ramona
Ramona the Pest
Ramona the Brave
Ramona and Her Father
Ramona and Her Mother
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Ramona Forever
Ramona’s World

Fudge Collection

Fans young and old will laugh out loud at the irrepressible wit of Peter Hatcher, the hilarious antics of mischievous Fudge, and the unbreakable confidence of know-it-all Sheila Tubman in Judy Blume’s five Fudge books, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Superfudge, Fudge-a-Mania, and Double Fudge. Now all packaged together for the very first time, this collection of Fudge books will please lifelong fans and entice a whole new generation of Blume readers.

Goosebumps

The stories follow child characters, who find themselves in scary situations; usually involving monsters and other supernatural elements.  Known as the scary stories that are also funny.

Sweet Valley High

Francine Pascal created a series the captured the attention of millions of young girls everywhere.  Following the life and adventures of the Wakefield Twins, Sweet Valley High is a series that is relate-able for pretty much every growing girl in one way or another.

Disney

No more is needed to be said about Disney books.  We all know the stories; we’ve grown up with the stories (and movies); we all loved the stories.

This collection contains all of the classics.

 

I could go on for days, sharing children’s books, but I’ll leave you with these gems.  Tell me you’re not rolling in nostalgia . . . it’s time to share your favorite childhood stories with your little ones.

-T-

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One thought on “World Book Day: Children’s Books

  1. Oh Gosh, I grew up reading all the same books and it’s like seeing old familiar friends! I’ve been teaching for the past two years and it’s been fun to fall in love with new children’s books all over again through my student’s eyes.

    Good post. Thanks!

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