Wednesday, November 15, 2006


Again gacked from Alvina and Fusenumber8. Only 78! I need to go bone up on my Seuss and Scieszka . . .

** 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 asterisk was my reaction in fifth grade -- I have no idea how I'd feel about it now)
The Mitten by Jan Brett
? Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (this freaked me out when I was a kid)
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (one of those books all the boys read and I never did)
* 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
** 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
(the first long book I remember reading quickly -- 211 pages in a weekend at my grandmother's when I was eight)
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
? How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss (I have fonder memories of the TV show than the book)
* 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
* The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
* Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (another "all the boys read this" book)
* Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
*Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

* The BFG by Roald Dahl
*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
(read on the traumatic day we moved out of our house in Peculiar)
* The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
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 (Barbara is a friend of my grandfather's, so this is our family's most common book Christmas present)
* 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
(loved Ramona madly)
The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White (have never finished this)
? Are You My Mother? by Philip D. Eastman
* The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (six out of seven -- though what's up with having both this and Lion, Witch on the list? Same for the "Little House" books)
* Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (also loved this madly)
? One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
* The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
* The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
* Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (and this, as well as Pete's A Pizza)
? The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
** 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 (keep your eye on his nose!)
* The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
* Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
(Today I really wished I had a cool teacher to slip me a note that read "Today was a rough day. Tomorrow will be better.")
* Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
* The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
* The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (best last line in children's literature)
* Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
* Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
* Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
(read when I was 22; adored)
* 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 (a cheat of a book, I still think)
* 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


  1. Now THIS is the list for me! Forget all those grownup books--I've read 85 of these for sure. I think I've read more because I can picture their covers and associate them with being a certain age. And of the ones I know I haven't read, I've read other books by the same authors. There are only two I know nothing about.

    Hm. No wonder I write for under-18s.

  2. Good night comb.

    Good night brush.

    Good night nobody.

    Goodnight mush.

  3. Did you find the mouse too?

    My kid got me acquainted with all the pb's. But hey! Where's "Charlie Parker Played Be Bop?" Where's "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus?" Where's William Steig's "Dominic?" Where's "The Stinky Cheese Man?" Where's that lazy author? Where's that lazy illustrator? Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

    I like "Have a carrot, said the mother bunny." But I like better, "It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both." I'm just prejudiced.

  4. Where Rascal? That's the best chapter book ever, in my opinion. Where's Chrysanthemum or Owen by Kevin Henkes? The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is incredibly of my all-time favorites, as is The Velveteen Rabbit. Oh, to be able to write like these authors!

  5. I can't believe you haven't read "the paper bag princess." You must go directly to the library and get it. Do not pass go. In fact, get your running shoes.