Favorite Children's Book Ever!

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  1. Kathy9

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    I am curious... I am trying to compile a list of all time favorite children's books. Do you mind sharing your favorite? I am making a list of picture books as well as chapter books...

    So far...
    Picture Books
    1. Where the Wild Things Are
    2. The Giving Tree
    3. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    4. The Velveteen Rabbit
    5. The Little Engine That Could
    6. Bad Case of the Stripes
    7. Knuffle Bunny

    Chapter Books
    1. Charlotte’s Web
    2. Bridge to Terabithia (Newberry)
    3. The Giver (Newberry)
    4. A Wrinkle in Time (Newberry)
    5. Where the Red Fern Grows
    6. Little House on the Prarie
    7. Anne of Green Gables
    8. The Westing Game
    9. Walk Two Moons
    10. Little Women
     
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    The Giver is my all-time favorite!
     
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    any dr. suess book, but "oh the places you'll go" is one of my fav.
     
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    I like:

    The Polar Express
    Uncle Jed's Barbershop
    A Chair for My Mother
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    The Giving Tree
     
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    I LOVE Stellaluna. The American Girl series is good also.
     
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    The Kissing Hand and any of the Juby Blume Fudge Books
     
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    ditto!
     
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    Those are all great! I forgot about A Chair for my Mother and I couldn't remember Uncle Jed's Barbershop.... Thank you!

    I have not read Stellaluna.... I guess I should.
     
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    I love "A Chair for My Mother".... and "10 Apples Up On Top"..... "Roxaboxen".... "Pipi Longstocking"... "Stone Soup"... jsut a few of my huge list
     
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    How strange. I own HUNDREDS of childrens books (perhaps even thousands in storage) and I have never heard of "10 Apples Up On Top"..... "Roxaboxen"....

    I am going to have to do some serious reading over the holidays!

    Thanks!
     
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    Dear Mr. Henshaw and Oh the Places You Will Go are two of my favorite books, period.
     
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    My favorite chapter books

    The BFG by Roald Dahl (The Big Friendly Giant)
    Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
    Frindle by Andrew Clements
    The Report Card by Andrew Clements
    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
    The Kid in the Red Jacket by Barbara Park
    Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo
    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
     
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    The Jolly Postman Or Other People's Letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg ISBN # 0-316-12644-6 is my favorite. They also have a postcard and Christmas version.


    Grandpa's Teeth is another favorite. I can't remember the author and the book is at school, but the kids always love it!

    Stephanie's Ponytail, Thomas' Snowsuit, and Pigs by Robert Munsch are good also.
     
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    Goodnight Moon!!
    Stellaluna

    Matilda & The Witches!
     
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    I recently read My Father's Dragon to my second graders. They absolutely loved it. I had never read it growing up, but found it this summer. It is a Newberry honor and such a great book.

    Also...The Birchbark House is a great culturally sensitive alternative to Little House on the Priarie books.
     
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    ALL of L.M. Montgomery's books! (Anne is only one of many heroines; Emily is actually my favorite, closely followed by Jane.)

    Everything by Madeline L'Engle (I love the way her characters interact and overlap, from book to book)

    Rowling, it goes without saying, so I just said it. Marvelous and enriching, every. single. word.

    Lenora Mattingly Weber. Old, older than I am, even. Back in style. Family values, WW2 basic living, etc. Fabulous.

    Elizabeth Enright. Oh, how I loved her when I was in lower elementary and I still love her. Her series about the Melendys, and the Gone-Away Lake books. . . . "The Sea Around Us", etc.

    Judy Bolton mysteries. Far classier and better than that insipid Nancy Drew.

    I bet your students are reading the Charlie Bone books; if not, please introduce them.

    I must stop now, lest I drone on forever and totally hijack this thread. (YA books are my thang, in case you couldn't tell.)
     
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    Because of Winn Dixie is my favorite!
     
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    Pumpkin Soup (picture book)
    Number the Stars (chapter book)
     
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    Yes, as someone mentioned, the American Girls series is awesome. I SO wanted to be Samantha as a child!
     
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    Chapter Books:
    A Wrinkle in Time
    From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
    Bunnicula
    Ruby Hollar
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    Bridge to Terebethia
    Tuck Everlasting
    The Egypt Game
    The Teacher's Funeral

    Picture books:
    Verdi
    Knuffle Bunny
    Any Chris Van Allsburg book
    Millie and the Macy's Parade
    Diary of a Worm
     
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    It amazes me that there are SOOOO many books that are favorites, that I have never heard of! (Ruby Hollar...Verdi...Diary of a Worm)
     
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    Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Wombat (Great series)
    Love That Dog (Great one!!!)
     
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    I love Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.
     
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    I love all of Kevin Henkes books
    Koala Lou (by Mem Fox-- and others of her books!)

    Some good Character-Ed books:
    Enemy Pie
    Oliver Button is a Sissy
     
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    I love "10 Apples Up On Top" as a math book..... kids can use manipulatives to play along.... I use it for a week :)
     
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    My favorite books are:
    In My Mothers Garden by Melissa Madenski
    Inch BY Inch
    Shoes From Grandma
    Aunt Flossies Hats (Is the most favorite of mine. You can act this act in a storytelling situation. Excellent book!)


    Where the red fern grows
    The Giving Tree ( my daughter did her readng fair with this book)
    Hoot ( A chapter book)
    Stellaluna ( Is an excellent book)
    Dr Seuss the whole collection to numerous to name..

    Michelle
     
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    I could not restist sending another post

    Here are a few more:

    Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak (4-8)
    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (All ages)
    The Secret Garden by Fracnes Hodgson Burnett (9-12)
    The Giver by Lois Lowry (9-12)
    The Napping House by Audrey Wood (4-8)
    Lily's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes (4-8)
    Stuart Little by E.B. White (9-12)
    Paul Bunyan a story retold by Steven kellogg

    I have lists after lists of books for each grade if anyone needs a certain grade i can scan them and send them by email

    Michelle
     
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    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
    Miss Rumphius
    The Giving Tree
    Any book by Max Lucado

    Favorite chapter books:

    Trumpet of the Swan
    Charlotte's Web
     
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    Max Lucado The Crippled Lamb is one of my favorite Christmas stories!
     
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    My favorite's were: "Charlotte's Web" and "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble".
     
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    I'm so glad someone mentioned Shel Silverstein...I still LOVE Where the Sidewalk Ends
     
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    I remember the day in 3rd grade that the librarian introduced me to The Secret Garden. It made me a reader for life. Later on, I loved all the books by Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind at the Door, The Arm of the Starfish, A Sharply Tilting Planet. I also poured for hours over my copy of A Child's Garden of Verses, memorizing some of my favorite poems.
     
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    I love the Max Lucado Children's Books. The Crippled Lamb, You are Special, The Children of the King, The Song of the King.

    The Junie B. Jones chapter books

    Chapter Book
    Bud not Buddy
     
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    I am not a fan of American Girl books because of their marketing strategies. Successful, of course, but annoying.

    Oh, Upsadaisy, I soooo agree with you about "The Secret Garden", and all Burnett's other beautiful books. I named my daughter after Sara Crewe from "A Little Princess." L'Engle's dozens of fantastic books (It's A SWIFTLY Tilting Planet, by the way. . . sorry) that all interact with each other so that if you read them all you get so much more out of each one. . . She's not afraid to tackle sensitive and disturbing issues, either, which makes her books even more fantastic. . . the older her characters get, the 'older' her style gets. .. .

    She also writes for adults and those are just as great!

    Of course, any really good YA or Children's book will also appeal to adults. If it doesn't, it wasn't really very good writing.

    I wish some movie-maker would do a GOOD version of Secret Garden and Little Princess, without all the stupid Hollywood changes. I can't watch the film versions without going into convulsions of frustration and disgust. (Wonderworks did do a great Little Princess, but it was for TV. I highly recommend it; it's almost word-for-word from the novel.) (Everything Wonderworks does is quality.)

    I'll stop.
     
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    Mamacita, thank you. I don't know why I typed sharply when I, of course, know it is Swiftly Tilting Planet. Yes, her books do advance in maturity levels. She has a gift. She expanded my universe.

    Oh, and Barbara Cooney is my favorite illustrator, I think.
     
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    I like the Stinky Face books
    Stranger in the woods
    Polar Express
    Little Black, A pony

    chapter books
    number the stars
    anything by Roald Dahl ... Boy, Charlie
    Indian in the cupboard
     
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    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is my favorite picture book.
     
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    How about The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle or Beezus and Ramona? Those were my absolute favorite chapter books growing up. Now I love the Harry Potter series and the Eragon series.
     
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    GatorGal

    I'm so glad someone mentioned Shel Silverstein...I still LOVE Where the Sidewalk Ends


    Thanks GatorGal I love his books also and so does my daughter and the classes I have read them to. :)
     
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    OH! I love this post!
    My favorites are Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and most things by William Steig,
    Much Bigger than Martin by Stephen Kellog,
    and The Phantom Tollbooth
     
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