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About Children’s Books: Read and Watch Coraline at Home‏

Posted on: July 24, 2009

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  from Elizabeth Kennedy
In just a few weeks, school will start. In the meantime, here are some recommended books for summer reading and a picture book about starting school. If you’ve been successful in encouraging your children to read during the summer, please share your tips.

Top Picks Bedtime Board Books  from your  Children’s Books  Guide

 “No, No, NO!!” If that’s the response you get when it’s time for bed, bedtime board books may be just what you need to encourage your sleepyhead to go to bed. One of the nice things about board books is that they are designed for heavy use. You don’t have to worry about your child inadvertently ripping the pages. After an adult has read to them, many small children like to “read” books to themselves until they go to sleep. Board books, with their sturdy cardboard pages, are perfect for this.
 1) Time for Bed
The words of Australian writer Mem Fox are complemented by the charming watercolors of artist Jane Dyer. The text has a pleasant, rhythmic style. On every double page, there is a sentence in rhyme about a little animal being told it’s time for bed, along with a lovely watercolor of the baby animal and its mother. The animals include a little mouse, goose, calf, lamb, bird, bee, puppy, foal, and a deer. The last page shows a child in bed for the night.

2) A Child’s Good Night Book
This gentle story by Margaret Wise Brown was illustrated by Jean Charlotte. The hardcover, picture book version of this book was designated a Caldecott Honor Book for 1944. The colored pencil illustrations, with their muted palette, are very appealing. Like “Time for Bed” this book focuses on animals as it illustrates that living creatures everywhere need sleep, but it also emphasizes that the day’s activities cease at night as cars and trucks go into the garage and sailboats stop sailing.

3) Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, has become a classic. The story features a little rabbit in his crowded bedroom at bedtime. The first half of the book describes, very simply, all of the things in the rabbit’s bedroom. Next, the little rabbit slowly prepares for bed by saying goodnight one by one to each occupant and thing in his room. The text features repetition and rhyming phrases, both of which are appealing and calming to young children




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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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My Favorites:

I love the children's movies Wizard of Oz and the Neverending Story. Both movies make me feel the lesson that hope is alive and well. After seeing UP this past week, it just might have a chance at being added to this list.

I love the cool colors of blues and purples.Those colors are peaceful for me.

I love The Velveteen Rabbit. Even as an adult, I still feel the urge to cry when he becomes real. I know, silly, but a good book can make me laugh and cry as it takes me on a magical journey.

Authors and Illustrators:

Authors, Author/Illustrator, Illustrators that I know and/or Like.


C= Children

MG= Mid Grade

T= Teen

YA= Young Adult

A= Adult


Bonnie Adamson *

Kathi Appelt *

Tedd Arnold


Natalie Babbit

Molly Bang

Bonnie Becker

Jan and Stan Berenstain

Judy Blume

Tracey M. Cox

Linda Crotta Brennan *

Jan Brett

Janie Bynum *

Eric Carle

Pam Calvert

Nancy Carlson

Beverly Cleary

Kevin Scott Collier

Sharon Creech

Doreen Cronnin

Tomie dePaulo

Kate DiCamillo

Kathleen Duey *

Dotti Enderle

Jan Fields *

Denise Fleming

Mem Fox

Kelley Milner Hall

Amy Heist

Kevin Henkes

Ellen Jackson *

Jeff Kinney

Jackie French Koller

Ursula K. LeGuin

Leo Lionni

Lois Lowry

Mercer Mayer

Robert Munsch

Laura Numeroff

Linda Sue Parks

Dav Pilkey

Patricia Polacco

Peggy Rathmann

Bethany Roberts

David Shannon

Aaron Shepard

Donna J. Shepherd *

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Jerry Spinelli

Diane Stanley

Chris Van Allsburg

Rick Walton *

Lisa Wheeler

Mo Willems

Karma Wilson *

Audrey Woods

Jane Yolen *

Favorite Websites:

Favorite Blogs:

• ShelfTalker: A Children’s Bookseller’s Blog
• Alice’s CWIM Blog
• A Fuse #8 Production
• Cynsations
• Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent
• Editorial Anonymous
• Miss Snark’s First Victim
• Writing for children and teens

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