Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday Salon: Picture Books, Picture Books, Picture Books

Picture books, picture books, picture books. Who knew my public library had so many? And so many titles I'd never heard of, much less read. I must find many of these for my school library.

They are all from 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.
I now stand at 290 books read. The breakdown:
0-3 books: 23/39
3+ books: 64/122
5+ books: 100/219
8+ books: 65/352
12+ books: 38/271

The 12+ books include some weighty titles like To Kill a Mockingbird and Kidnapped. I'll focus on reading these last, if at all, as my main interest in children's books lies in 0-12.

What wowed me? Clown. The Gruffalo. Poems for the Very Young. Window. Gorilla. I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato. Ernest and Celestine. Flotsam. Stone Soup. 

It's Spring Break time for me. After a long, cold winter, I'm finally starting to move around again, to want to get out of my cave, and sit in the sunshine. I made stops at Half Price Books and two libraries yesterday, so I'm pretty well set for the week. Betsy-Tacy. Mary Poppins. Millions. And Making Toast and Country Driving in the grownup book category. 

What are you reading this week? Anything you'd recommend? I can always stop by B&N...Hey, I'm on vacation!   


  1. Almost makes me wish I had a kid I could read them to. ;-) They sure look like fun.

  2. Find a kid you can borrow. Or go to the public library and pretend you are a teacher.

    These books are every bit as thoughtful and as worthy as the best of Tolstoy.

  3. Flotsam and Stone Soup are two favorites in my house. David Weisner is a great author. I have a ton of picture books I'm hoping to read this week. I just finished Independent Dames by Laurie Halse Anderson. Have you read it? It's perfect for Women's History Month. I also plan on reading a little more of Donalyn Miller's The Book Whisperer. A picture book that I recommend is all of the Mrs. Malarkey books by Judy Finchler and Kevin O'Malley. Have a great week!

  4. I love the title I Will Not Ever Eat a Tomato and would love to get hold of it for my 27 year old nephew. He's a very adventurous eater, but he won't eat tomatoes!

  5. Oh I remember Possum Magic. Such a beautiful book :)

  6. Hey, picture books are not just for little guys. I'd love to see more picture books used in junior high and high school. Window is startling. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't be fascinated with Window.

  7. I love peeking in on your reading. Lots of titles there that I want to explore. Maybe I will find my way tot he public library today! I just finished Piper Reed, Navy Brat since it is part of my district's Reading Rumble list (

  8. I just started looking at this book yesterday. It is neat to see all the familiar favorites, and read the information about them. I know many except for those written in other countries.

  9. Nice! Thatsa lotta picture books! The one thing I miss about doing children's librarianship is the picture books. :-)

  10. A truly impressive haul this week Debbie. I agree about Window and The Gruffalo. I loved Flotsam and I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato. All fantastic books. Hairy Maclary is a sentimental favourite around here too. Several years ago our local art gallery had a touring exhibition of the illustrations that Jennie Baker made (I think it was Window, maybe it was another of her books, it was a great exhibit). And next month there is a touring live production of The Gruffalo here. I hope to see that too.

  11. I love all of the covers! I am reminded of how much I enjoyed reading picture books to my son when he was little. I really should pick up a few to read now!

  12. I love kid books! Thanks so much for the nudge to refresh my kid book enjoyment and hooligans are teenagers now and I'm out of the loop...time to fix that!
    I love reading kid books and I love, even more, sharing the titles with the parents/caregivers of wee ones!


  13. I love anything to do with Charlie & Lola. That's a fun book and there are lots more by the author! Have you seen the show?

    Word Verification: mater


  14. I just read Betsy-Tacy for the first time a couple of weeks ago, it was so sweet!

  15. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and letting me know about the 1001 books. I will have to put some of the ones you posted on hold at my library. I love love love picture books. I have an 8 year old girl who I read to all the time. Now she is reading way above her level. My 3 year old girl can't get enough books, and I catch her "reading" them from memory all the time.


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