Tuesday, November 15, 2011

classic children's literature

What is a classic children's/adult book? It is a book whose qualities are: unforgettable characters, top-notch writing, outstanding artwork, over-the-moon silliness too. A book can be considered a classic by its staying power in the marketplace and its ability to remain popular with young readers generations after generations. I am going to break down the classic books by age catagories.

Baby and Toddler: Ages 1 -3

These books are perfect for a first library. Some are soft cloth, some are heavy-duty board books that can withstand drooling and chewing upon. They usually are the perfect size for little hands to turn pages and manipulate. They often have eye-popping, large, colourful artwork and sometimes are pop-ups or lift the flaps to engage your child further with the story.

1. Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown

2. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do YOu See? - Bill Martin Jr.

3. The Baby's Catalogue - Janet and Allan Ahlberg

4. The Snow Day - Ezra Jack Keats

5. Big Red Barn - Margaret Wise Brown

6. Pat the Bunny - Dorothy Kunhardt

8 Dr. Seuss' ABC - Dr Seuss

9. Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever - Richard Scarry

10. Hop on Pop - Dr. Seuss

11. The Touch Me Book - Pat and Eve Witte

12 I am A Bunny - Ole Rison

13. The Very Quiet Cricket - Eric Carle

14. Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks, Things That Go - Richard Scarry

15. The Real Mother Goose - Blanche Fisher Wright

16. Where's Spot - Eric Hill

17. Leo The Late Bloomer - Robert Kraus

18. Ten, Nine, Eight - Molly Bang

19. Sheep in a Jeep - Nancy Shaw

20. I want to be an Astronaut - Bryon Barton

21. Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell

22. Man's Breakfast - Rosemary Wells

23. Clifford, The Big Red Dog - Norman Bridwell

24. The Baby's Bedtime Book - Kay Chorao

25. Red, BLue, Yellow Shoe - Tana Hoban

26 Peek-A-Boo - Janet and Allan Ahlberg

27. Moo, Baa, La La La - Sandra Boynton

28. The Runnaway Bunny - Margaret Wise Brown

29. Go, Dog, Go - P.D. Eastman

Start collecting now and reading voraciously to your child. Read on and on and on. These are the cream of the crop storybooks for that age group.
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