In my town, Miss Annie has a following. A big following--of babies, chess players, chapter-book readers, and parents who can chant "Alligator Pie" along with her.
Miss Annie (her real name is Annie Reuter) works in the children's department at the Westport (CT) Library. Some years back, my son and I took part in many of her toddler story times. A fifth grader now, he stops by to chat with her. So do I.
Recently, after she finished up supervising the Wednesday junior chess club, I asked Miss Annie for her latest read-aloud recommendations. Here's her list. Each book works for a group or one-on-one.
For first and second graders: Mary Poppins, by P.L. Travers
For kindergartners: The Moonglow Roll-O-Rama, by Dav Pilkey
For three and four year olds: Preschool to the Rescue, written by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Miss Annie is one of a fabulous staff of book lovers in the children's section of our library. They all know information like this!
What are your local librarians recommending these days? Stop by and ask. You'll get lots of good ideas.
P.S. The full text of Dennis Lee's poem "Alligator Pie" is online at the University of Toronto Library. Click here to read it.