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Children’s Book Day – What Was Your Favorite?

Tuesday, 4/2/13, was Children’s Book Day.  We posted this picture of Clive showing our favorite Childrens Books on our Facebook page (come on over and like us, all the cool kids are), Twitter and Instagram.

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Along with the picture of our favorite childrens books, we asked the obviuos question, what is your favorite childrens book?  We loved reading the responses and most made us think “oh, I forgot that one!” but there were also a couple we hadn’t heard of giving us something new to look for the next time we are in the bookstore.

The more popular responses found on all our media outlets were:

A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett – this links to a used copy of the version we read as kids with illustrations by Tasha Tudor

The Bridge To Terebithia by Katherine Patterson

Are You My Mother? By P D Eastman

Thornton W Burgess Animal Stories –  We are not familiar with these, so we’re looking forward to finding them and trying them out.

Stuart Little by E. B. White

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

So? What was your favorite book to read when you were growing up?


The Littlest Owl and Other Books About Owls

This week’s book choices are all about owls.

First we start off with our favorite owl of all time, good old “wol” from The World of Pooh by A. A. Milne

The Littlest Owl by Caroline Pitcher, Tina McNaughton

Deep inside a willow tree, three newly hatched owlets curiously examine the fourth, quiet egg. Is there an owl in there, they wonder. When at last the fourth owlet struggles free, he doesn’t look much like the others.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson, Paul Howard

Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, is like every Barn Owl there ever was, except for one thing—he is afraid of the dark. “Dark is nasty” he says and so he won’t go hunting with his parents.

The Little White Owl by Tracey Corderoy, Jane Chapman

From bestselling illustrator, Jane Chapman, comes a touching story that celebrates the differences and the beauty inside each of us.

Little Hoot by Amy Crouse Rosenthal, Jen Corace

It’s not fair! All Little Owl wants is to go to bed at a reasonable hour, like his friends do. But no . . . Mama and Papa say little owls have to stay up late and play.

We will end with the most beautifully illustrated edition of The Owl & The Pussycat by Edward Lear Illustrated by Jan Brett.  When we were growing up my grandmother would give us a penny a line for each poem we memorized and recited to her.  The Owl and The Pussycat was the very first poem I recited to her.

Owl sets out to woo Pussycat in a boat laden with fruit and with a guitar at his side, ready for serenading.

Did we forget your favorite owl book?  If so, leave the title in the comments.  We love to discover new books.

“Stand Back” Said The Elephant “I’m Going to Sneeze!”

This week is going to be all about the mighty elephant.  We’re kicking the week off with some fun books about elephants.  Normally, we keep our book lists to children’s books but this week we have to start off with two of our favorite books of all time.

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen (please read before seeing the movie)

Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant, who gave them hope.

Modoc: The Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer

Chronicles the life and times of an elephant and her devoted companion and trainer, who journeyed from a small German circus town to international stardom in the Greatest Show on Earth to a tragic twenty-year separation

And now, back to our regularly scheduled program.  Some of our favorite children’s book about elephants.

“Stand Back,” Said The Elephant “I’m Going to Sneeze!” By Patricia Thomas

The last time the elephant sneezed, he blew monkeys out of the trees, stripes off the zebra, and spots off the leopard. This rollicking new edition of the favorite nonsense verse again shows the panic that follows the elephant’s dreaded announcement.

But No Elephants by Jerry Smath

Grandma Tildy finally agrees to take an unwanted elephant into her home, but soon regrets her decision.

Tarra & Bella:  The Elephant & Dog Who Became Best Friends by Carol Buckley

True Story – After retiring from the circus, Tarra became the first resident of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. When other elephants moved in and developed close friendships, only Tarra remained independent until the day she met a stray mixed-breed dog named Bella.

The Right Number of Elephants by Jeff Sheppard

A counting book in which a little girl relies on the help of some eager elephants.

We Are In A Book (An Elephant & Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

When Gerald the elephant and Piggie realize that they are in a book, they decide to have some fun with the reader. Be sure to check out all the other Elephant & Piggie books.

Ella The Elegant Elephant by Carmela D’Amico

Ella is nervous about the first day of school in her new town, but wearing her grandmother’s good luck hat makes her feel better–until the other students tease her and call her names.

Uncle Elephant by Arnold Lobel

After his nephew’s parents are thought to be lost at sea, Uncle Elephant takes the young elephant in and the two make a warm, loving home together

These are just some of our favorites.  What did we leave out?

Panda-Monium and Other Books About Pandas

Does your child love pandas?  As Panda Week continues here at Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals, we have come up with a list of some great childrens books about Pandas.

Panda-Monium by Cynthia Platt & Veronica Vasylenko

This bouncy, rhyming read-aloud offers an entertaining lesson in counting.

Mrs Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

The true tale of an adventurous woman who was bold and brave—and the unforgettable journey that helped shape American attitudes toward wildlife.

Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth

This is how three children meet Stillwater, a giant panda who moves into the neighborhood and tells amazing tales.

and finally, Tracks of a Panda by Nick Dowson

Nick Dowson’s lyrical text, interspersed with intriguing facts, follows one of nature’s most magnificent — and endangered — species on its search for a safe habitat, while Yu Rong’s expressive, delicate brushwork brings these legendary creatures to life.

What’s your favorite panda book?

Owl At Home by Arnold Lobel and Owl Crafts to Do After Reading

During the month of May, we are going to showcase some of our favorite read aloud books and then offer some craft ideas that correlate to the book.

Our first book is a favorite from when we were growing up, Owl At Home written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel.

Depending on the age you are reading to, Owl at Home might seem long for a read aloud at first but there are five different stories so you don’t have to read them all at once.  In this book you will learn that Winter is not a good house guest, things that make Owl cry so he can make “tear water tea”, and the Moon is a good friend.

There are a ton of owl crafts out there to do in conjunction with this book.  We have chosen a couple that do not require either a lot of time or materials and younger children can do most of the work.

Paper Plate Owls from Crafts by Amanda