I have been tagged to nominate my top five children’s books. Thank you Norah at norahcolvin.com. Choosing five books (only five) is a roller coaster, and I love that ride. Here are my favorite children’s books, and why:
This book is a classic. It is what every baby needs to hear, over and over again. In my classroom, I recite Goodnight Moon before chapter reading. Every day. Often I change it up to include the children’s names: “In the great green room there is Mark’s telephone, and Sarah’s red balloon…” and so on. It is the best.
Helen Bannerman wrote this story in 1899. When I was a child, I loved Little Black Sambo, which was an adaptation of this book. That book was banned, and the original, based in India, was reborn. Thank goodness. Not only is it a great story, it is so beloved in my classroom that we host play performances for families. When a children’s book has a repeating phrase that encourages children to join the reader and say aloud; “Little Babaji, I’m going to eat you up”, it cements their love for the book.
My very first day of teaching I read aloud Swimmy. That was all I needed for me to recognize the most important thing in teaching- reading aloud. This book has it all: adventure and suspense, life in the ocean, and most importantly, problem solving when you’re feeling lost. The story is timeless. Reading it today is just as fresh and exciting as it was that very first day. Children feel the same way.
The Wild Robot is, hands down, my favorite new book for elementary grade children. I’ve read this aloud to a captive audience of second graders. On the surface, it is a fantastic adventure story. Who wouldn’t want to read about a wild robot who is shipwrecked? Underneath, it is a story of a robot who has to adjust to nature and animals… and therefore change. Can a robot become human?
Charlotte’s Web is an all-time classic. I have been reading this book to students for decades. It’s the very first chapter book that I read aloud at school, every year. My class comes together as a family, because I read the words about love, worry, fear, friendship, understanding… all that really matters. A spider and a pig, and a story of life.
I am nominating five bloggers to do the same; post your five favorite children’s books!
1. Thank whoever’s nominated you and share their blog link.
2. Let us know your top five children’s books.
3. Nominate 5 people to do the same.
4. Let your nominees know you nominated them.
Here are my nominees:
- Marcia at marciastrykowski.com
- Robin at witlessdatingafterfifty.wordpress.com
- Beth at nerdybookclub.wordpress.com
- Susan at redcanoereader.wordpress.com
- Ritu at butismileanyway.com
Of course, many thanks to Norah for including me in this challenge. Please visit her wonderful blog at norahcolvin.com.