Do we ever forget the magic of reading our first favorite books? We loved climbing through the wardrobe with Lucy into the wintry forest of Narnia. Traveling the yellow brick road in search of the wizard with Dorothy, and parading around an island of monsters called the Wild Things with Max. We all wanted, and still do, to cast spells with our wands and to be best friends at Hogwarts with Harry, Ron, and Hermione from the Harry Potter series.
I can still recite from memory the rhythmic words of Bill Martin’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. When I watch children making snow angels, I get nostalgic for Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day. Saying goodnight was never the same after reading Goodnight Moon. The Madeline books inspired me to visit Paris and Eloise At the Plaza Hotel to venture over to the Plaza on Central Park and Fifth Avenue in my hometown of New York City.
The characters from the books we read were our heroes and companions. They inspired us to challenge ourselves. They taught us how to share, make friends, and how to handle loss.
The week of November 8-14 is Children’s Book Week. It is an annual celebration to promote national literacy. Children take part at home or by attending events at their local libraries, bookstores, and schools. The celebration happens twice a year. We also celebrated it on May 3-9.
To honor Children’s Book Week, we are sharing our favorite children’s books. Maybe you will find one to add to your collection. They are also great gifts for your child or friends who have children.
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes was my favorite book when I was little. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful. I also loved the story of how Chrysanthemum found beauty in her differences. After being made fun of for her name, Chrysanthemum finds support and encouragement from her favorite teacher. She learns to be unique is what makes us special.
This book was a pillar of me embracing what made me special as a child, and I still carry that lesson with me today!
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Charlotte’s Web is a story about a pig named Wilbur who is befriended by Charlotte, a spider. Through their love, frie