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Monday, April 2, 2012

April A to Z Challenge Letter "C" = Children's Books #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

Welcome back for the third day of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge
Today's letter is "C" and my topic is = CHILDREN'S BOOKS. I'm going to tell you a few favorite books my daughter and I use to have when she was young and we have an opinion from my great friend, Pam, An Unconventional Librarian.


1. Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect, until her first day of school. When her new friends make flower jokes at her expense, Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again?

In the Night Kitchen

2. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
Mickey goes on a romp in the wonderful night kitchen, where bakers make bread while the rest of the world sleeps. He imaginatively devises a way to get the milk the bakers need.

Seven Little Monsters

3. Seven Little Monsters, by Maurice Sendak
Seven Monsters in a row, see the Seven Monsters go! Seven Monsters in a row, making trouble. There they go!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

4. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, Illustrated by Lois Ehlert
A told B, and B told C, I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree. In this lively alphabet rhyme, all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the coconut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no - Chicka Chicka Boom! Boom! The well-known authors of Barn Dance and Knots on a Counting Rope have created a rhythmic alphabet chant that rolls along on waves of fun. Lois Ehlert's rainbow of bright, bold, cheerful colors makes the merry parade of letters unforgettable.

Goodnight Moon

5. Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Clement Hurd
A little rabbit bids goodnight to each familiar thing in his room, in this classic story told with gently lulling words and soothing illustrations. 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

6. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, by Bill Martin Jr., Illustrated by Eric Carle
A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck-- all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle's flat, boldly colored collages. Combined with Bill Martin's singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals.

Let's see what Pam The Unconventional Librarian has to say about the topic...

As an Unconventional Librarian, aka PammyPam, I love to share books with others. 
Here are two of my favorites: books and food. The title of this little favorite is Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs.
I imagine that I live in the town of Chewandswallow where all the food comes raining down on my head. Good thing I packed my umbrella, I don't want to get hit with a meatball! Please excuse the coffee cup stain and the spaghetti sauce drippings; it was a busy day in Chewandswallow. 


I would love to know what some of your favorite Children's Books are or were. 
Thanks for taking the time for stopping by today. I hope you are having a fantastic week and you're having as much fun with the A to Z Challenge as I am. 

Happy Reading and Arrivederci.


  1. What absolutely darling books! I had so many favorites as a child. I still hold a fondness for children's books and would love to see them all as eBooks so I could own them even if I never read them again.

    Maurice Sendak is wonderful. I was partial to the Frances books by Russell Hoban, the Little Bear books and of course Beatrix Potter.

    Though my mother did like to terrify me with one of her favorite childhood stories, Max und Moritz.

    Great choice for letter C! Good luck with your challenge this month!

    1. Hey, Rachel.

      I'm not sure I know of the Hoban books. I do know the Little Bear and again not sure of Beatrix Potter. I suppose I had limited access.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your opinions! You rock. :)

  2. Such good choices! Did you see Stephen Colbert's interview with Maurice Sendak? It was hysterical!

    1. Thanks, Janet.

      Actually, I did not see the interview. I wonder if I can Google it and find it still? I'll try and let you know if it's a success. Thanks for the tip.

  3. great picks---i love "the napping house" and my all time favorite is "the velveteen rabbit"

    1. Thanks! I don't know if I'm familiar with "The napping House" and I'm pretty sure "the Velveteen Rabbit" will be my letter = V! :)
      So be sure to come back for that one.

  4. I love your blog so much! I read A and B, and now C! It's always interesting to me to see why someone wanted to ban a book. It's a topic that has baffled me since I was young. I even did a H.S. research paper on it.
    Love the classic children's books you picked for today!

    Play off the Page

    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad that you enjoy my blog. I try to make it cozy and fun for all.
      Thanks for taking the time to read A and B as well. B has had a lot of interesting feedback. That topic usually does, obviously. I'd love to get a glance at your H.S. paper! -- Even doing the little bit of research that had to be done for the post was amazing to me.

      Thanks for the compliments on today's post.
      Have a great day!

  5. Goodnight Moon was one of my absolute favorite books as a kid!

    1. All of the books listed above were favorites of my daughters. Well, and mine to read to her when she was a toddler. I honestly don't remember if I had favorites when I was younger.

      The most fun to tell was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! That book is a riot! My girl used to giggle until she had tears.

  6. Replies
    1. Pam - I adore Chrysanthemum, too! Did you know that PBS actually put that on video? Gwyneth Paltrow was the narrator. They did it with a bunch of books. Seven Little Monsters was one of them too. Lexi and I used to watch that every day until they cancelled it and then we rented that video daily. Gosh, she must have only been 2 and 3, maybe.

    2. I have to make a correction! It's not Gwyneth Paltrow--it is Meryl Streep! Lexi and I watched it last week when she was sick. :)

  7. Goodnight Moon is definitely a classic! I don't remember the books I used to read as a child--a lot of Dr. Seuss, I know that much :)

  8. Those are some fabulous choices! Classics. Great C post.

  9. In the Night Kitchen is one of my top 3 favorite Children's books ever written. The Giving tree is #1. :)

  10. I like these titles! I had very different ones: I loved an Italian author, Bianca Pitzorno, who used to write lovely kid books. She wrote this book, 'AScolta il tuo cuore' (Listen to your heart), which was my favourite ever since I started reading. Growing up I discovered Dr. Seuss, but it's hardly as beautiful in Italian as it is in English

  11. Great choices of books there.Lovely post.