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)

Thursday, May 20, 2010


I can't blog about the world of preschool/early elementary picture books without focusing on another author/illustrator of countless favorites: Eric Carle. His books are educational - full of science, counting, and lessons to be learned - while maintaining a sense of humor and wonder. His use of language and beautiful collage art for young children is unmatched, especially when you consider the number of books he's done! Many stimulate a child's sense of touch, sight, and sound with their unique design. His works were all favorites of our three children (and have spanned 4 decades!):

DREAM SNOW (toddlers and up will love the gimmicks in this holiday counting story.)
Dream Snow
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR (is full of holes, as the caterpillar eats his way through the book!)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book and Memory Game (The World of Eric Carle)
FROM HEAD TO TOE (toddlers and preschoolers can answer the question, "can you do it?", by mimicking the animals' movements.)
From Head to Toe (Spanish edition): De la cabeza a los pies
THE VERY BUSY SPIDER (has a raised web to touch)
The Very Busy Spider: A Lift-the-Flap Book (The World of Eric Carle)
THE GROUCHY LADYBUG (kids will learn concepts of time, size, shape, and manners - as well as discover what aphids are!)
The Grouchy Ladybug
THE TINY SEED (kids learn about science and nature in the story of a seed).
The Tiny Seed (World of Eric Carle)
THE MIXED-UP CHAMELEON (this chameleon not only changes color, but its shape and size as well!)
The Mixed-Up Chameleon
PAPA, PLEASE GET THE MOON FOR ME (children will be introduced to the monthly lunar cycle, in this sweet simple story with lavish illustrations.)
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me (World of Eric Carle)
THE VERY LONELY FIREFLY (there's a surprise on the last page, as the firefly seeks companionship)
The Very Lonely Firefly
THE VERY QUIET CRICKET (children love the special ending, when the cricket is no longer so quiet!)
The Very Quiet Cricket
THE VERY CLUMSY CLICK BEETLE (with a "click" and a message of "never give up".)
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle (Eric Carle's Very Series)
A HOUSE FOR HERMIT CRAB (a story about finding comfort in change.)
A House for Hermit Crab (World of Eric Carle)
MISTER SEAHORSE (striking art and camouflage - and a tribute to fathers!)
Mister Seahorse
PANCAKES, PANCAKES! (Jack is determined to go to great lengths to have pancakes for his breakfast.)
Pancakes, Pancakes! (World of Eric Carle)
THE SECRET BIRTHDAY MESSAGE (your child will follow an adventure of using a coded message to find a birthday surprise at the end of the story.)
The Secret Birthday Message

Make art projects "Eric Carle Style -YOU CAN MAKE A COLLAGE: A VERY SIMPLE HOW TO BOOK by Klutz Press and Eric Carle.

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