Spectacular - and Perhaps Unknown - Children's Books

Bonnie is a teacher-in-training. She is a big fan of Google reader, Nutella, and sending letters through snail mail. You can read more about her at This Child Left Behind.

Picture books:
1. Flotsam by David Wiesner
- a Caldecott Medal winner, this story has not text, but the gorgeous illustrations make up for it.
2. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert - A man. Made of leaves. As is everything else that the leaf man meets. Very pretty.
3. Zzzng! Zzzng! Zzzng!: A Yoruba Tale retold by Phillis Gershator. Illustrated by Teresa Smith. - The title is a little annoying (just like a mosquito), but the stay with it until the end, it’s really cute.
4. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey - A classic, also a Caldecott Medalist. Open Court curriculum uses this, but that doesn’t make this sepia toned picture book any less sweet.
5. My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann - Hilarity ensues. Every kid would want a friend like Rabbit.

Chapter books:
1. The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony Diterlizzi
- I was skeptical of this series at first, but it is actually creepily well spun.
2. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman - Rocked my literary world. The movie is nothing like this forceful adventure.
3. Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken - British authors are so much more intriguing than American authors for many reasons. This is one of them.
4. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones - British authors >> American authors, reason #2.
5. Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery - The third in the Annie of Green Gables series, and my personal favorite. Probably because I identify with her character development here more than I do from the other books.

What's your favorite children's book?


Zmaga said...

I love Anne books!

Helen said...

my favourite childhood book was charlotte's web by e b white, i still love it today. my copy is so battered. it's the first book i ever loved and i went on to do an english degree so that book is very special to me.

Bridey said...

+ The Big Orange Splot
+ Narnia Chronicles
+ The Chewing Gum Rescue & Other Stories
+ Any book involving tree houses

Anonymous said...

I LOVE The Golden Compass, and the others in that series. Also, the Anne books get so good after the first 2!
I loved loved loved the Tomorrow When the War Began series. More YA than childrens, but still.

The Naked Redhead said...

My favorite book as a kid was "Magic Elizabeth" by Norma Kassirer. I read that book over and over again. I also read the entire Black Stallion series, all the Little House on the Prairie books a million times, and in my adult years, fell in love with Coraline.

Dana said...

I loved "Runaway Bunny" when I was a kid.

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