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best children's books ever

ebin stylez

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I'm TA'ing at an elementary school now and trying to get some ideas for wht are really good kids books..what are peoples favorite childhood books?

I'm going with "Where the Wild Things Are" (Maurice Sendak)
"A wrinkle in Time"
"Esio Trot" and "George's Marvellous Medicine" (Roald Dahl)

any ideas?
 

Soulster

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Originally posted by ebin stylez
I'm TA'ing at an elementary school now and trying to get some ideas for wht are really good kids books..what are peoples favorite childhood books?

I'm going with "Where the Wild Things Are" (Maurice Sendak)
"A wrinkle in Time"
"Esio Trot" and "George's Marvellous Medicine" (Roald Dahl)

any ideas?
I've worked in children's books/publishing for 10 years now. I'll PM you later with the best of the best. me + kids books = expert

What grades? Kindergarten to 6 or are you looking at a specific age? There's been a lot of fantastic stuff that has come out in the last 10 to 15 years (since you were little).

The ones you listed above are still great.
 

ebin stylez

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Re: Re: best children's books ever

Originally posted by Soulster
I've worked in children's books/publishing for 10 years now. I'll PM you later with the best of the best. me + kids books = expert

What grades? Kindergarten to 6 or are you looking at a specific age? There's been a lot of fantastic stuff that has come out in the last 10 to 15 years (since you were little).

The ones you listed above are still great.
kinders to grade four :)
 
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Booty Bits

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some of my personal faves from childhood

The Hockey Sweater - Roch Carrier - a canadian classic!
The Monster At The End of this Book - its a grover book - totally one of my faves as a kid
The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
Bunnicula, and the sequel The Celery Stalks at Midnight - both by James Howe
 

Soulster

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okay, a quick list now (i can't resist!)

Picture Books
- early Robert Munsch (Paperbag Princess, I have to Go, Jonathan Cleaned Up Then He Heard a Sound)
- Harry the Dirty Dog
- There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen by Sheree Fitch
- Bark George by Jules Feiffer
- Edward the Emu
- Alligator Pie / Jelly Belly by Dennis Lee (i'm now his publicist! yay!)
- Weslandia by Paul Fleischman
- Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus
- Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type (hilarious!)
- Mysteries of Harris Burdick (ultimate book to pair with creative writing excercises for any age)

Early Readers
- The Adventures of Captain Underpants
- Junie B. Jones
- Flat Stanley
- Amelia Badelia
- Frog and Toad

Older Readers
- His Dark Materials Trilogy (Phillip Pullman)
- Charlotte's Web
- Roald Dahl (The Witches, BFG, Charlie and the Choc Factory)
- Mamma's Going To Buy You A Mockingbird (Jean Little)
- Guests of War series (Pearson i think?)
- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett
- Secret World of Og
- The Root Cellar by Janet Lunn
- Five Children and It by Nesbitt Burns
 

Soulster

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Re: some of my personal faves from childhood

Originally posted by Booty Bits
The Hockey Sweater - Roch Carrier - a canadian classic!
The Monster At The End of this Book - its a grover book - totally one of my faves as a kid
The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
Bunnicula, and the sequel The Celery Stalks at Midnight - both by James Howe
Definitely classics!
 

Ms. Fit

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for picture books, then i'd have to go with that book "I'll love you forever" i think that's what it's called, it's about a boy throughout his childhood and adulthood and the mom always sings that song to him untill one day when he mom is too old and frail the son sings the song back to his mom *tear*

:)
 
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Soulster

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Originally posted by Ms. Fit
for picture books, then i'd have to go with that book "I'll love you forever" i think that's what it's called, it's about a boy throughout his childhood and adulthood and the mom always sings that song to him untill one day when he mom is too old and frail the son sings the song back to his mom *tear*

:)
that book is what you call a kid's book written for adults.

this summer i got to work during a robert munsch event (author of Love You Forever) at the zoo selling books. as much as i fucking hate that book, listening to him read it i couldn't help the watery eyes.
 

Booty Bits

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a close friend of my mother's is a longtime nursery school teacher. she says she can't read "love you forever" in her school because some parents really strongly object to that book.
it's totally one of those books that you either love or hate. i happen to love it, but i recognize the "problematic" elements ;)
 

acheron

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Younger kids
The Tomten
Any and all Dr. Seuss books
Blueberries for Sal
Paddle to the Sea
Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel + other books by same author

Older kids
Asterix & Obelix series
Tintin series
Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart series - awesome
I full concur with His Dark Materials suggestion for older kids - and adults!

soooo many more...
 
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rave jedi

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"There's a Nightmare in My Closet" by Mercer Mayer




Yeah, this fucken book gave me nightmares when I was about 4 years old...:eek:
 

mitsuko souma

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Originally posted by sweetdaddy
Little Prince.

hands down!
Agreed. 'Pickles The FireCat' is a close second. Had it read to me so many times by the age of 3, I had it memorized and was reading along. My mom flipped; she thought I was actually reading and that I was a genius. Don't think she ever got over the disappointment.
 
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annec

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Anything by that marvellous man, Roald Dahl.

He rocks like it's no-one's business.

Dark humour, silly fun, and no talking down to kids.

Whatta man! I read they're doing up Fantastic Mr. Fox for an animated kids movie...something you can teach them before it comes out...
 

The Tesseract

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Re: Re: Re: best children's books ever

Originally posted by ebin stylez
kinders to grade four :)
for the grade 3's and 4's
ANYTHING BY JUDY BLUME

particularly "Superfudge" and "Tales of 4th Grade Nothing"
 

Soulster

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Re: Re: Re: Re: best children's books ever

Originally posted by The Tesseract
for the grade 3's and 4's
ANYTHING BY JUDY BLUME

particularly "Superfudge" and "Tales of 4th Grade Nothing"
it's funny... Judy Blume was SO popular when we were kids, and yeah, they're still around... but they are nowhere near as popular as they used to be. I think they might be a little dated for the kids today.

Ooh, i just thought of another great classic, particularly for the grade 4's...

Mr. Popper's Penguins

also

The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbitt
 

mitsuko souma

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OH SHIT > how could i forget "Ferdinand the Bull"?! the gay bull who doesn't want to fight, just wants to 'sit quietly and smell the flowers'.
Fucking love that book, I need to dig out my copy again
 
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