Wednesday, November 15, 2006


I feel like a horrible fringe member of the kidlit blogging community. I didn't even know that November 13 - 19 was Children's Book Week.

So, when I saw this challenge on Cybils' middle grade fiction lead coodinator Betsy's Fuse #8 blog, I thought I would participate. Here are the rules:

Mark the selections you have read in bold. If you liked it, add a star (*) in front of the title, if you didn't, give it a minus (-). Then, put the total number of books you've read in the subject line.

My comments are in italics. If I couldn't really remember loving it, I didn't star it, but I starred books that are memorable in one way or another.--Jennifer

*Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
*Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
*The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
*Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
*The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
*The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
*The Mitten by Jan Brett
*Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (I don't get the toddler appeal, but it has worked for me, so I'm starring it).
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
*The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
*Where the Sidewalk Ends: the Poems and Drawing of Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein (loved this one, and now Amanda is loving it. I'm delighted!)
*Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola
*Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
*Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin, Jr.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
*The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
*A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (This is on my to read soon list with Amanda. I want to experience it with her, but I think I'll give it a few months)
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
*How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambault
*Little House on the Prarie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
*The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne (I'm giving myself credit for this. Amanda and I read through most of this GIANT book with all the stories)
*The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (I need to read this one for sure. Maybe another read aloud with Amanda)
Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (This one too--maybe another good one to share)
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (I really thought I had read this as a child, but now after reading the description on amazon, I am thinking I missed this, and it's going to the top of the list for Amanda and me to share)
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
The BFG by Roald Dahl (This is on Amanda's bookshelf, unread)
The Giver by Lois Lowry
*If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
*Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (I tried to read this numerous times. I wanted to read it. I just could never get into it. Maybe now since I've seen the movies I could?)
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
*Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien
*Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
*Corduroy by Don Freeman
Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
*Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
*Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
*Are You My Mother? by Philip D. Eastman (This book makes me tear up every time.)
*The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
*The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (Great book for Math lovers!)
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
*The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (Amanda and I tackled the completed works here, too).
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
Basil of Baker Street, by Eve Titus
*The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
Curious George by Hans Augusto Rey
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
Arthur series by Marc Tolon Brown (I haven't read all of them, but my fair share)
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson (This one sounded familiar. When I looked at amazon and saw the old cover, I remembered reading it.)
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
*Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
*Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
*Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
*A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
*Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
The Art Lesson by Tomie De Paola
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
*Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
*Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
*Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch

I don't have to issue any challenges, but I would love to know how some of my well-read friends fare, so if you want to take it up, please do, and let me know in the comments.


Anonymous said...

Jennifer, I think I have read almost every single book on that list! Maybe it was from my former teaching days and the fact I LOOOOVE books!

Malissa said...

cool idea!
I'll try it if you want to pop over later:)

Gina said...

I'm making my list right now!

Jen Rouse said...

Do I get a prize if I win?

blestwithsons said...

Go get The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Trust me. I read it over and over as a kid...Last Christmas I read it aloud to my oldest in one sitting (a rather long sitting) and was weeping at the end. It's very funny and very moving.