Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)




Wednesday, January 12, 2011

IF YOU'RE A LOVER OF LITERATURE, YOU'LL WANT TO READ THIS BOOK

Anita Silvey (former Horn Book editor and publisher with Houghton Mifflin) asked over 100 respected and admired contemporary figures from all different backgrounds -  art, science, politics, business, journalism, sports, and entertainment - what their favorite children's book was and how it influenced their life.  Their answers, compiled in EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM A CHILDREN'S BOOK, are a tribute to the lasting impact that good children's literature can have on its readers.

Each of the notable contributors provided a brief essay, reminiscing how the book influenced him or her, accompanied by an excerpt and illustration from that book.  Alongside the essay, Silvey herself gives a short historical commentary on each book mentioned.  As back matter, you'll find a brief paragraph about each contributor and a recommended reading list of  children's books.

A fun addition to any parent's - or literature lover's - library.

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