September 22, 1999
Here is a list of the most popular books among first-graders surveyed by Reading Today, the bimonthly newspaper of the International Reading Association:* "Guinea Pigs Don't Read Books," by Colleen Stanley Bare* "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel," by Virginia Lee Burton* "The Very Busy Spider," by Eric Carle* "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," by Eric Carle* "The Sunflower That Went FLOP," by Joy Cowley* "Clyde Monster," Robert Crowe* "Animal Tracks," by...
June 9, 1999
If a picture is worth a thousand words, the illustrations in these beautiful books must be worth millions. Check them out of your local library and read them with your youngster. The "view" is spectacular!* Eric Carle, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" (Philomel 1969) and other books. Carle's modern, painterly illustrations are matched here by a fascinating text.* Helen Cooper, "The House Cat" (Scholastic, 1993). Positively luminous illustrations make cats seem even more magical than they really are.* C.R. Erkel, "The Farmhouse Man" (Putnam, 1994)
May 30, 1999
When words fail you, check out these wordless picture books. You and your young reader can tell the story to each other -- in your own words.* "The Snowman," by Raymond Briggs* "Boy, Dog & Friend," by Mercer Mayer* "Window," by Jeannie Baker* "Tuesday," by David Wiesner* "Time Flies," by Eric Rochman* "Noah's Ark," by Peter Spier* "Deep in the Forest," by Brinton Tukle* "Do You Want To Be My Friend," by Eric Carle-- Courtesy Barnes & NobleAnnapolis Harbour...
March 28, 1999
Bonnie Scott, a columnist for Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service, uses the Internet to support her children's reading. Here are some of her suggestions:I start with the Children's Literature Web guide at www.acs. ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown. Here I have found lists of Children's Book Award winners, children's best-sellers and specific resources for parents.A Web traveler's Toolkit will link you to the best children's literature sites. Forums and bulletin boards let you post questions about kids and reading.
August 2, 1998
In "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," "The Grouchy Ladybug" and "The Very Busy Spider," author and illustrator Eric Carle makes insects appealing. Here Carle answers some of the questions children write to him.Why do you use small creatures in your books most of the time? When I was a small boy, my father would take me on walks across meadows and through the woods. He would lift a stone or peel back the bark of a tree and show me the living things that scurried about. I think in my books I honor my father by writing about small living things.
June 17, 1998
Summer is the season for bugs - catching them as well as scratching their bites. Check out thesebooks on bugs."100 Hungry Ants," by Elinor J. Pinczes"Roly Poly Spider,"by Jill Sardegna"Insects are My Life,"by Megan McDonald"Ladybug, Ladybug,"by Ruth Brown"Very Hungry Caterpillar,"by Eric Carle"Very Busy Spider,"by Eric Carle"Where the Butterflies Grow,"by Joanne Ryder- Courtesy Barnes & Noble, children's division, Annapolis Harbour CenterPub Date: 6/17/98