It’s Children’s Book Week! Okay, technically it’s Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week. But that’s a mouthful and I want ‘them’ to simplify it. Since ‘they’ won’t, I’m claiming the privilege on my own blog.

Anyway, I learned about this celebration over the last couple of years after I joined their ranks with the release of A New Home for Allie. It’s pretty cool to see your book sitting on the shelf among authors you idolize. I mean, who can beat a great Dr. Seuss book?

Most of you know that I love books, but I really love children’s books. When my three were little, we frequented local libraries and often walked out with all of our arms loaded down with books. The best part of researching for Allie was getting to nestle in among the shelves at my library to critically look at modern children’s books.

The Best of the Best

Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand. ~The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams

What's your favorite?The American Library Association (ALA) lists out many of the awards given to children’s books. You can read more by clicking here, but two of the better-known awards are the Newberry Medal awarded to authors and the Caldecott Medal awarded to illustrators.

Awards aside, many others have worked to compile lists of favorite children’s books. A quick Google search reveals a plethora of choices from 50 All-Time Favorite Children’s Books to Time Magazine’s 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time. Both include some of my childhood favorites: Dr. Seuss, Babar, Corduroy, The Frog and the Toad, Little Bear, and Madeline.

Your Favorite for Children’s Book Week?

But I’m wondering what makes your favorite for Children’s Book Week? What book did you read over and over and over again as a child, or read to your children until they, too, could quote it. What children’s books still sit on your adult shelves, or do you make sure to purchase for new mommas to read to their babies?

Here are some of the children’s books that still sit on my shelves, in no particular order because I’m not sure how I could prioritize them.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

I love this sweet story of sacrificial giving and teaching by example and learning from others.

The Monster at the End of This Book starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover

I love this book! I remember reading it over and over as a child and then introducing it to my children. My daughter now reads it to her children, a precious chunk of knowledge.

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Oh, the bull who loved to smell flowers. No matter what others did to him or tried to get him to do, he enjoyed the beauty around him. Isn’t that a lesson for all of us?

If a child asked you to read, what book would you hope to find on their shelves?Cinderella

Okay, so I actually have two copies of this, the original by the Grimm Brothers and the less violent version by Walt Disney. But only the Walt Disney version is among my children’s books. If you’ve not read the original, it’s . . . well, grim.

Dr. Seuss

Oh, how this author (and those who partnered with the Dr. Seuss Young Reader’s library) fueled my young brain! While I could easily get lost in many of his books for a long while, the ones I currently own (and don’t let small children play with) are:

  • Green Eggs and Ham — my absolute favorite when I was a child. Not sure why. I’ve always been VERY NOT ADVENTUROUS when it comes to food.
  • And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street — another top favorite as a child. Maybe this was God planting seeds for my future in fiction . . .
  • Are You My Mother? — This was my daughter’s childhood favorite. (by P.D. Eastman)
  • Go, Dog, Go! — My older son’s childhood favorite. (by P.D. Eastman)
  • The Cat in the Hat — My younger son’s childhood favorite. He called it The Hat in the Cat, and if I’m not careful, this reverse wording still tumbles out of my mouth.


And so for a time it looked as if all the adventures were coming to an end; but that was not to be. ~The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis

So tell me, do you have any children’s books that sit on your shelves? If a child asked you to read, what book would you hope to find on their shelves? Let me know by commenting on this post on my Facebook page. It will be pinned to the top of the newsfeed for the rest of this week!


Read More

If you haven’t picked up a copy of Allie for the children in your life, Children’s Book Week is a great time to do it! And, my brilliant illustrator included a little ladybug on every page for the kids to find.

A New Home for AllieA New Home for Allie

Allie loves her home in Kenya. But her dad works for the Animal Jungle Patrol, and he just got orders to move their family to Somalia. She has many questions, and the journey will be long. Will the new place be like what she knows? Will she find friends in her new home? And will she ever see her best friend again?

What awaits her in A New Home for Allie?


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