New Classics for Children

in Recommended Books

When we see Goodnight Moon  by Margaret Wise Brown or The Tale of Peter Rabbit  by Beatrix Potter, we think “classics”. Parents remember the treasured read-alouds from their own childhood.

Horn Book Magazine, an influential reviewer of children’s literature since 1924, added 9 books to their must-read list. Horn Book’s list of classics hadn’t been updated since the 1990’s.

The magazine evaluates 7,000 books a year. When a new book comes up for review, Editor-in-Chief Roger Sutton says, “I think about the books we continue to make comparisons to when we look at the new books.”  For example, “This is good, but it’s no Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.”

The authors and illustrators of all nine books have received many awards, including the Newberry and Caldecott. But three in particular caught my eye.

Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang is a charming bedtime story for little ones, birth to 2. Daddy lovingly puts baby to bed with this simple rhyming lullaby. Counting fun on every page.

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse  by Kevin Henkes, ages 3 to 5, is another tale about Henkes’ precocious mouse, Lilly, who means well but finds herself in trouble. Lilly learns a valuable lesson and Mr. Slinger, her teacher, is the hero.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, and Lois Ehlert, for ages 2 to 5, has been a read-aloud favorite for 20 years. A rhythmic, rhyming alphabet book, letters scramble up and tumble down from a coconut tree. It will capture your little one’s love for words.

[via Orlando Sentinel, Sunday, February 19, 2012: New Classics for Kids by Nara Schoenberg]
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