Monday, April 02, 2012

International Children's Book Day

Today is International Children's Book Day and it is celebrated world wide.

A little background on ICBD: Started in 1967 by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), ICBD is celebrated on or around Hans Christian Anderson's birthday, April 2nd. You may remember Anderson as the writer of stories like The Little Mermaid, The Emperor's New Clothes, and The Princess and the Pea. ICBD celebrates the love of reading and its purpose is to call attention to children's literature.

My favorite children's book is Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel, an ABC book featuring Bad Kitty, a mischievous black and white kitty that has all kinds of adventures. The series has continued with Bad Kitty Gets a Bath, Happy Birthday Bad Kitty, Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door, Bad Kitty for President, Poor Puppy, and Bad Kitty Meets the Baby. From the ABC's and counting, civics lessons, cat facts, and more, this series has never disappointed me. I have continued to be impressed with the compelling stories, the humor, the fun illustrations, the information, and the growth of the stories. Bad Kitty and Poor Puppy are picture books with very little text and a LOT of pictures. The others go up and up in reading skill until you find Bad Kitty Gets a Bath as a chapter book. What a way to bridge reading skills!

So I shared my pick. It is now your turn! What is your favorite children's book and why?

1 comment:

Arts in the Family said...

There are quite a few but here are some that come to mind right away. Anything by William Joyce. The Giving Tree. Where the Wild Things Are.

I enjoy a book that makes you feel like a kid again and books like George Shrinks and A Day with Wilbur Robinson do that for me.

Then there are the books like The Giving Tree that move you in so many ways and leave you a little sad and asking questions at the end.

Where the Wild Things Are has a rough and tumble little boy and monsters. How could you not love that?

But then I love the Richard Scarry books with it's wonderful illustrations with so much to look at.

I could go on.

Does The Hobbit count as a children's book?

Alberto Ramirez Jr.