BOOKLISTS from the Sausalito Library
Phil Sheridan's Favorite Picture Books, November 2013
1. Dawn by Uri Shulevitz. Farrar Straus Giroux. 1974.
a picture book about the wonder of dawn. simple, poignant.
2. Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger. Philomel. 1984.
a fable about how twilight happens. charming, warm, gentle.
3. Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. Harper Collins. 1945.
a child succeeds at doing something that nobody else thinks he can. exquisite, both in the telling and the illustration.
4. Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Chronicle Books. 2005.
so absurd that children of all ages “eat this story up"
5. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae. Orchard Books. 1999.
but even bow-legged giraffes can dance when they’re inspired by something they love.
6. Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Kraus. Simon & Schuster. 1970.
a little mouse, down on his luck, takes charge of his life & comes out on top.
7. When the Sun Rose by Barbara Berger. Philomel. 1986.
spending a sunny day with a gentle tiger, a best friend and a home full of rainbows.
8. Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli. Candlewick Press. 2009.
a father swings his daughter higher and higher until she encounters another girl in outer space whose daddy must be swinging her up high as well.
9. In the Forest by Marie Hall Ets. Viking Press. 1944.
a little boy takes a walk in the forest and forms a parade of animals who dance & sing both with him and with each other.
10. Chicken Chickens by Valeri Gorbachev. North-South Books. 2001.
mama takes her timid twins to the playground where they learn how much fun it is to play with other kids.
11. Play With Me by Marie Hall Ets. Viking Press. 1955.
a little girl tries to make friends with some animals outdoors, & discovers that they are friendly with her only when she stops trying so hard.
12. Cinderella retold by Barbara McClintock. Scholastic Press. 2005.
I prefer this version because the author uses the magnanimous French ending rather than the vindictive one used by the Brothers Grimm of Germany.
Classic Books in the Sausalito Library
I've highlighted 30 classic children's books here in the Sausalito Library. 'Classic' doesn't mean dull and dusty--it just means they've remained popular for decades. These are good ones.
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Realistic and historical fiction:
The Secret Garden
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Harriet the Spy
My Side of the Mountain
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Bridge to Terabithia
The Westing Game
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry
Animals (fantastical and real):
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Incredible Journey
The Black Stallion
Wind in the Willows
Misty of Chincoteague
The Mouse and His Child
The Animal Family - Jarrell
Babe, the Gallant Pig
The Jungle Book
Call of the Wild
The Cricket in Times Square
The Book of Three - Alexander
Peter Pan - Barrie
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Baum
The Dark is Rising - Cooper
James and the Giant Peach - Dahl
Half-Magic - Eager
My Father's Dragon - Gannett
The Hobbit - Tolkien
The Phantom Tollbooth - Juster
Wizard of Earthsea - LeGuin
A Wrinkle in Time - L'Engle
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - Lewis
Pippi Longstocking - Lindgren
The Borrowers - Norton
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - O'Brien
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