I first heard about Ed Emberley at a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference.
Ed has been making kids’ books since 1961, when his first book was declared an ALA winner. Since then, he’s illustrated more than 50 (!) children’s books, including Caldecott winners.
But that wasn’t what caught my attention about Ed. Continue reading
In honor of Children’s Book Week, here are 87 great kids’ books. (That should help keep your minions busy this summer.)
Bookmark it, load up your library queue, or head to your local bookstore to pick up a few for someone special.
Most of these are for younger kids, but if you scroll down to the bottom, you’ll find 15 or so for older kids, too (or simply for kids at heart).
Obviously, this isn’t an end-all-be-all list. There are simply too many great ones to ever catalog them all.
How many have you read? Bring back any memories? What would you add? I’d love to hear your responses in the comments!
Recommended Kids’ Books
In a Blue Room
The Story of Ferdnand
A Long Way Away
Superhero Employment Agency
Ed Emberley’s ”Make a World” Drawing Book Continue reading
Do you have shelf after shelf of kids books at home, many of which leave you wondering, “How in the hell did these even get published?”
I ask myself that about three times a day, especially given the meaningful gem currently imprisoned on my computer. But I’ll save you that rant.
The truth is, there are plenty of shelf-worthy children’s books, out there. You just need to work a little harder to find them. Continue reading
Okay, I admit. This is kind of a weighty thing to throw out there. But as I’ve mentioned before, I’m working on a book for kids who won’t have a chance to personally know an integral family member who’s died. It’s an issue that, sadly, will affect a lot of kids (my daughter included). Yet children’s books about death don’t address this emotionally charged issue for a large percentage of our young population.
Sure, there are a decent amount of children’s books about death and mourning, but nearly all of those help a child cope with missing a person they knew and loved.
I’ve only found one kids’ book about a child growing up wanting to learn more about a deceased loved one. It’s a book published just last year by President Barak Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng.