Archive for September, 2008

A Child’s Garden of Verses

Thursday, September 25th, 2008
by Robert Louise Stevenson, illustrated by Tasha Tudor
This classic collection of poems are lovingly illustrated by the renowned Tasha Tudor. Stevenson has a way of putting into words life as experienced by a child. They’re a delight to read aloud or silently on your own. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Caddie Woodlawn

Thursday, September 25th, 2008
by Carol Ryrie Brink
Caddie is tomboy living with her family in rural Wisconsin in 1864. Sharp and adventurous, she and her siblings romp from one adventure to another, including a midnight journey to warn her American Indian friends of a planned attack. Based on the life of the author’s grandmother, it is reminiscent of the “Little House” books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and is just as captivating. Winner of the 1936 Newbery Medal. Recommended for ages 9-12.

My Very First Mother Goose

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
by Iona Opie, illustrated by Rosemary Wells
This is a delightful collection of nursery rhymes accompanied by Wells’ characteristically charming illustrations. Portions are also published as a series of board books that are short enough to keep even the attention of my six-month-old. Opie and Wells collaborated on an additional collection of nursery rhymes, Here Comes Mother Goose, that is just as winning.

Humpty Dumpty: and Other Rhymes (My Very First Mother Goose)

Little Boy Blue: and Other Rhymes (My Very First Mother Goose)

Wee Willie Winkie: and Other Rhymes (My Very First Mother Goose)

Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat and Other Rhymes (My Very First Mother Goose)

Here Comes Mother Goose (My Very First Mother Goose)

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Monday, September 22nd, 2008
by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
A father takes his kids out for a “bear hunt,” and they enthusiastically wade through obstacle after obstacle in search of their quarry. But when they finally meet up with a real bear, their enthusiasm suddenly turns the other way. Rosen’s rhythmic cadences are a delight, and Oxenbury’s illustrations brilliantly capture the story’s whimsy. Recommended for ages 1-5.

The Boy Who Painted Dragons

Friday, September 19th, 2008
written and illustrated by Demi
Ping gives voice to his secret fear of dragons filling his home with beautiful paintings of them. After the Heavenly Dragon pays him a visit, Ping realizes he must face his fears and sets off on a quest to gain the wisdom of the dragons. Demi’s dynamic illustrations make this book an exciting tale for the eye as well as the imagination. Recommended for ages 5-9.

Scarlette Beane

Friday, September 19th, 2008
by Karen Wallace, illustrated by Jon Berkeley
When Scarlette was born with not only two green thumbs, but also eight green fingers, her parents knew that she would grow up to do something wonderful. As a young gardener, Scarlette works her magic to produce vegetables of enormous size. But, what can you do with an onion the size of a hot-air balloon? Recommended for ages 4-8.

Peter and the Starcatchers

Thursday, September 18th, 2008
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, illustrated by Greg Call
How did Peter Pan become Peter Pan? Where is Neverland? And, how did fairies first come about? Find out in this exciting tale of adventure, mystery and magic. Authors Barry (humorist) and Pearson (mystery-suspense writer) combine their divergent talents to create a unique spin on a classic tale. It’s a fun romp through sea, land, and air! Recommended for ages 9 and up.

May I bring a Friend?

Saturday, September 13th, 2008
by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, illustrated by Beni Montresor
If the King and Queen invited you to tea, what kind of friend would you bring? Our little hero brings a series of animal friends to visit and each are heartily welcomed. This is the Caldecott Award winner for 1965. Recommended for ages 4-8.

The Octopus (Grandpa Spanielson’s Chicken Pox Stories, #1)

Friday, September 12th, 2008
written and illustrated by Denys Cazet
Barney has the chicekn pox and the doctor says he’s got to stay in bed for the next few weeks while the rash goes away. But, Grandpa is determined to cure Barney faster with a few of his anti-itch Chicken Pox stories. As Barney takes a bath, Grandpa tells him about “the Octopus” he battled in his younger days. These are funny stories that are both easy to read and easy for kids to related to. Recommended for ages 4-8.


Thursday, September 11th, 2008
illustrated by David Wiesner
When an underwater camera washes up on the shore, a little boy has the film developed and discovers the most amazing underwater scenes imaginable. Weisner deftly weaves his tale from picture to picture; words would simply spoil the fun. This is the Caldecott Award winner for 2007. Recommended for ages 3-8.