All week long, I’m going to offer you a listing of The Caldecott Award Winners and Honor Recipients through the years. While the list is jam-packed with goodies, I’m going to let you know my family’s personal favorites, from books they’ve worn thin to ones we just can’t pass up when we’re at the library. My goal? To introduce you to some new children’s books that your own kiddos will fall in love with and treasure for years to come.
To see which ones we love from the past decades, please visit tomorrow. I’ll be posting a new one each day this week!
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The Stray Dog: This book has to be in our top 20 most read books of all time. We have the audio CD that goes with The Stray Dog and I will hear my boys listening to it even after lights out to fall asleep to it.
Description: When a little dog appears at a family picnic, the girl and boy play with him all afternoon, and they name him Willy. At day’s end they say good-bye. But the dog has won their hearts and stays on their minds. The following Saturday the family returns to the picnic grounds to look for Willy, but they are not alone — the dogcatcher is looking for him, too…
Knuffle Bunny: If you haven’t come across Mo Willems series about his daughter Trixie and her stuffed bunny, then what on earth are you waiting for? All three books in this series are some of my boys’ all-time favorites.
Description: Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny has been left behind….
Flotsam: This unbelievably creative book has absolutely no words. It relies on the pictures and your own child to tell the story. My kids love telling me the tale.
Description: A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam – anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there’s no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share …and to keep.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type: This was one of the first truly silly books we came across and just fell in love with Farmer Brown and his lot. Randy Travis reads this quality audio CD, which we keep in the car at all times.
Description: Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. But Farmer Brown’s problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes…Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown’s farm upside-down!
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!: Mo Willems makes our favorite list twice because he is such an awesome author. If you have toddlers, you must own this book. They will die laughing as you read it and they keep the pigeon from driving that darn bus.
Description: When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon! But you’ve never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate. In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler’s temper tantrum.