In honor of National Reading Month, in March, we asked our Facebook fans to share with us their favorite story time books. We were delighted by how many people were enthusiastic about sharing their current favorites, their all-time favorites and their students' favorites with us. We enjoyed reading each and every one of our fans' responses; some were classics that brought back childhood memories of our own, while others were newer stories that we have heard our own children rave about recently.
Here’s a list of the top 10 favorites from our Facebook fans.
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar! (This was the most popular amongst our Facebook Fans)
One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums - and still he was hungry. Strikingly bold, colorful pictures and a simple text in large, clear type tell the story of a hungry little caterpillar's progress through an amazing variety and quantity of foods. Full at last, he made a cocoon around himself and went to sleep, to wake up a few weeks later wonderfully transformed into a butterfly!
2. The Giving Tree
"Once there was a tree . . . and she loved a little boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.
Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk . . . and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return."
Children can joyfully recite the familiar words of this beloved alphabet chant. You can also get the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Other Coconutty Songs CD, a playful collection of songs reinforcing alphabet awareness and addressing readiness, motor development, vocabulary development. Winner of the American Library Association Notable Children's Recording Award and Parents' Choice Gold Award.
4. Pete the Cat
Pete the cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song...because it's all good.
Help children develop their early literacy skills with this fun story that features rhythm, rhyme, and repetition elements. Great for reading aloud!
Eric Carle's double-page tissue collages and Bill Martin's friendly chant unite to create this vibrant introduction to colors. The first line of the book is the title, to which a big brown bear responds, "I see a redbird looking at me." The redbird responds with another animal and so on, until the reader asks a group of children what they see. A wonderful read-aloud for either a group or individuals, this book is a favorite of teachers.
A favorite of children for years, Dr. Seuss books are perfect for the classroom! When you combine silly rhymes and repetition with zany characters, you have a formula for encouraging children to listen, thus encouraging their interest in reading. Set includes: One Fish, Two Fish; Green Eggs and Ham; Hop on Pop; The Cat in the Hat; Fox in Socks; Dr. Seuss's ABC; The Cat in the Hat Comes Back; and There's a Wocket in My Pocket!`
Colorful illustrations complement simple rhymes about a charismatic little llama. Set of 4 hardcover titles include: Llama Llama Home with Mama, Llama Llama Misses Mama, Llama Llama Mad at Mama, and Llama Llama Red Pajama.
"He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair. When he got out of bed, he tripped over his skateboard and by mistake dropped his sweater in the sink while the water was running. He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Nothing at all was right. Everything went wrong, right down to lima beans for supper and kissing on TV. What do you do on a day like that? Well, you may think about going to Australia. You may also be glad to find that some days are like that for other people too."
Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down the shelf to look for his missing button. Then the adventures begin. Children will never tire of Corduroy's escapades.
What about you? We’d love to hear about your favorite children’s book(s). Leave us a comment below!