I’m getting my list up late, as I spent the last two days traveling. But while driving for hours and hours and hours, I plotted my list. I had lots of ideas about themes- from books that inspire writing, to books that are new to me, to awesome non fiction picture books that could convert even the most anti non fiction reader out there. But in the end, I decided to revisit some classics that I want to reintroduce to readers this year. In this fast paced Twenty-first century world, when we blog and tweet and have 1 to 1 device programs and Project Based Learning, we sometimes forget about those foundational books that hooked us, hooked our children and will likely hook our students too.
1. Bedtime For Frances.
I have a Frances, so I’ve been partial to this one ever since becoming a mom, but I also loved it as a child. Who can’t relate to all those clever delay tactics and moments of genuine fear when we are absolutely certain that something really scary is lurking just beyond our covers?
2. The Little Fur Family.
If you have the edition that is bound in fur, it is just as wonderful to touch and hold as it is to read. This book just oozes cozy.
3. The Story of Ferdinand.
Read and share this because it is nice to remind ourselves and our students that it is okay to beat to a different drum. When I asked my daughter Claire what classics she remembers best and loved as a child, this was the first one she mentioned.
The rhythm and rhyme are classic. It’s fun to read aloud or alone. And aren’t the scar connection conversations fun?
5. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Such a good book to share on a rough Monday.
6. The Runaway Bunny.
It’s a classic, and it’s reassuring to know that we will always be loved and found.
7. Where The Wild Things Are.
I listened to a fascinating podcast about this book this summer. Of course I cannot now remember where I stumbled upon it. But, suffice it to say that there is so much here! We can all relate to some aspect of the story. But then there are the illustrations and the use of page space to consider, explore and discuss with student writers.
8. The Giving Tree.
It’s timely even though it’s old. What a great way to start a conversation about being stewards of our resources.
10. The Little Engine That Could.
I think I can. I know you can. Perseverance. Kindness. It makes me think of the A.A. Milne quote, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”