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Show and Tale!

Posted by Gina on August 18, 2009 at 9:22 AM in Picture BooksRecommendationsShow and Tale
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Welcome to Show and Tale, a new Tuesday feature from Booklights. Each week, we'll be asking a quick question about books: your all-time favorite, your current read, the bedtime story your kids ask for every night.

We're starting out with a simple but hard-to-pick-just-one question: What's your favorite children's book and why?

Brown Bear Brown Bear.jpgHere's what the winners of our recent book giveaway at the BlogHer conference said:

Esther picked Brown Bear, Brown Bear from Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carl. "I've got great memories of my third-grade teacher reading it to our class."

Cindy picked Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus from Mo Willems. "My 2.5 year old loves it because she gets to say 'NO, PIGEON' on every page."

Susan picked Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day?. "It shows moms and dads working in and out of the home."

And Miss Lori, a familiar face to preschool fans of PBS KIDS, named her favorite, The Giving Tree, in this chat with Supersister Kristen:

So what's your favorite and why do you love it? Tell us below for a chance to win free books from Booklights.


Deb writes...

Goodnight Moon is my family's favorite book. My husband and I have read it to all of our four children. I think we are on our third or fourth copy! All of us have that book memorized and could tell the story in our sleep! Our youngest at three years old still enjoys reading the story!

Janet writes...

I couldn't begin to pick one favorite picture book. However, one of the favorite read-alouds in library is Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley. It is one of the first books I read to first-graders during their visits to library. They love the colorful pictures of the mouse doing everyday activities using kitchen utensils -- raking up cornflake leaves with a fork, bathing in a teacup. The rhyming text is an added delight. Most of all, the children love being able to predict the last line of the story using the rhyming words as their clue.

Pam writes...

Since you've given picture book examples I'm going to stay in that vein and say Knuffle Bunny. But it's really, really hard to pick just one.

Melissa (Book Nut) writes...

Ones I like reading to my kids (and they like hearing): anything by Mo Willems, Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Where the Wild Things Are or In the Night Kitchen, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

I could go on, but I won't.

Susan writes...

My favorite children's book is Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen. It is a wonderful story describing the personalities of all of the animals the children live around on the farm. It isn't cutesy, it is loving descriptions of real animal behaviour, good and bad. There are so many wonderful sentences, and great illustrations. It feels like the children are taking you around the farm and introducing you to all of the animals. My children loved quoting the best lines and I found it perfectly enchanting.

aimee writes...

I love the Virginia Lee Burton books, particularly The Little House. I contemplate the lessons of that story as I drive through suburbia to my own "little house." The illustrations are beautiful, and capture the essence of a house as a living entity.

jane writes...

"Love you Forever" by Robert Munsch. I loved it, my children loved it and my students loved it.It brought tears to my eyes EVERY time I read it.A little boy who experiences true, unconditional love from his mother cares for her when she is old, and sings to her the same song she sang to him when he was little...I'll love you forever......"

Tif writes...

My favorite growing up was probably Wacky Wednesday!! I loved that book, trying to find all the wackiness!!

My son's current favorite is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs or What's New At The Zoo?: An Animal Adding Adventure. It really depends on his mood!!

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