I’m sure it hasn’t escaped your notice, but this is National Children’s Book Week. (Okay, before this last week, I had never heard of it.) But I’m certainly glad to be on the bookmobile now!
Children’s Book Week was started way back in 1919. It was considered a way to honor teachers, librarians, authors, and parents who all play a part in placing a book into a child’s hands.
“It all began with the idea that children’s books can change lives. In 1913, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children’s books. He proposed creating a Children’s Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups: publishers, booksellers, and librarians.”
Also, BlogHer is celebrating all month long with a campaign called Books Make a Difference! From May 3 to May 28th, BlogHer is teaming up with the nonprofit organization First Book and BookRenter. And with your help, they will be donating a book that will be donated to a child in need. Go here to see how you can help!
Every once in a while I come to you all for great book suggestions. And because of you, I’ve amassed a wonderful list of reading material for my kids. I still get e-mail asking for the link to the book list post, and in honor of National Children’s Book Week, I wanted to post the list again.
And btw, who else besides me misses seeing Reading Rainbow? I thought it was a brilliant PBS show that after 23 years on the air, was still relevant. I’m still bitter about it being cancelled. (But then I still haven’t recovered from the demise of Dark Shadows over 35 years ago, either.) A grudge? I can hold it.
The Book List
- The Wheel on the School (I LOVED this one)
- The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye
- The Narnia series by C.S. Lewis (A must in every library)
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
- The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
- Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler
- Boxcar Children series
- Four Story Mistake
- Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Decamillo
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard & Florence Atwater
- Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
- Kildee House by Rutherford G. Montgomery and Barbara Cooney
- Anne of Green Gables
- Amelia Bedilia books
- Owls in the Family
- The Dragonling
- The Sign of the Beaver
- The Little House Series (we read these, and loved them)
- Magic Tree House
- Wishbone Series
- Nancy Drew Mysteries (classic)
- Anything by Beverly Cleary
- Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series
- American Girl series
- Freddy the Pig series by Walter R. Brooks
- Betsy series by Carolyn Haywood (I read these as a girl)
- Charlotte’s Web
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Sarah Plain and Tall
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins (this one is next on our list to read)
- The Phantom Tollbooth
Happy reading! And please feel free to add your own childhood reading suggestions!