A Kid Lit Reading List

the magic of books; recommended reading list for children

* This post was first published in July 2012.

A couple of days ago, I received two mails–one from a blogger friend and another from a reader–both asking for links to the book posts that I’ve cleared out over the years. My friend suggested I put up a list again in case others are interested too, and I thought I should, while I have time!

So here it is, a list of picture books that we’re still loving right now. Some titles like the Peter Sis books are more for me at the moment, but I’m hoping Layla will soon be able to read them and realise how cool they are. (And Z too, eventually!) And for the record, I paid only $2 for some of these books but I think they’re worth the full price. The M. Sasek books and Mordicai Gerstein’s What Charlie Heard are on my “to-buy” list; please feel free to suggest your favourites too!

Books About Real People
Carole Boston Weatherford: Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People To Freedom

Doreen Rappaport: Martin’s Big Words (about Martin Luther King Jr.), John’s Secret Dreams (The John Lennon Story)

Mike Venezia’s artist series

Mordicai Gerstein: The Man Who Walked Between The Towers (about the tightrope walker Philippe Petit), What Charlie Heard (about Charles Ives)

Laurence Anholt: Van Gogh And The Sunflowers, Picasso And The Girl With A Ponytail

Peter Sis: Starry Messenger (Galileo Galilei), The Tree Of Life (Charles Darwin), The Wall: Growing Up Behind The Iron Curtain (autobiographical)

Books About Real Life
Cynthia Rylant: The Relatives Came

Eve Bunting: Smoky Night, Twinnies

Ezra Jack Keats: Louie, Louie’s Search

Mem Fox: Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge

Uri Shulevitz: How I Learned Geography, Toddlecreek Post Office

Vera B Williams: A Chair For My Mother, Something Special For Me, Music, Music For Everyone

Books To Learn From
Backyard Books: nature series

Catherine Ripley: Do The Doors Open By Magic? (And Other Supermarket Questions)

Dianna Hutts Aston: An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy

M. Sasek’s country books

Marjorie Priceman: How To Make An Apple Pie And See The World, Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, It’s Me, Marva (A Story About Color and Optical Illusions)

Mel Boring: Fun With Nature (Take-Along Guide)

Jim Arnosky: Field Trips (Bug Hunting, Animal Tracking, Bird-watching, Shore Walking)

Steve Jenkins: Never Smile At A Monkey

Tomie dePaola: The Cloud Book

Books That Make Us Smile
Mike Thaler’s Black Lagoon series

Simms Taback: Joseph Had A Little Overcoat, Kibitzers And Fools

William Steig: Shrek, Dr De Soto


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