Childrens Literature Lovers Book of Lists


A handy resource that lists recommended books and media, related activities, and more for children ages 3- 12 This book is a unique compendium of lists of quality children's books, related activities, software programs, and videos for teachers, librarians, and parents of children ages 3- 12. An indispensable resource and idea generator, this book provides over 200 lists of books, software programs, Web sites, and videos- organized by theme, genre, topic, and grade level from preschool through grade six. Included ...

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A handy resource that lists recommended books and media, related activities, and more for children ages 3- 12 This book is a unique compendium of lists of quality children's books, related activities, software programs, and videos for teachers, librarians, and parents of children ages 3- 12. An indispensable resource and idea generator, this book provides over 200 lists of books, software programs, Web sites, and videos- organized by theme, genre, topic, and grade level from preschool through grade six. Included are ABC books, concept books, multicultural books, read-alouds, folklore, science, and social studies books that relate to state standards, chapter books, fiction and nonfiction, and award winners. A timeline outlining the history of children's literature is also included. Joanna Sullivan (Carbondale, IL) is Director of the Family Migrant Literacy Program at Southern Illinois University.

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“Joanna’s book is clearly written, needed,and—most important—has a friendly layout so thatteachers (and parents) are able to find good resources forchildren. The direct, to the point, way that she’sconstructed it will lure an audience to keep thumbing throughit.”
—Susan Mandel Glazer, professor of graduate studies, RiderUniversity and past president of the International ReadingAssociation

“Joanna Sullivan has created a wonderful resource foreducators who want to enhance the literary development of studentsin the elementary school. The book lists and resources are wellorganized and easy to use.”
—Jerry L. Johns, Ph.D., distinguished teaching professoremeritus, Northern Illinois University, and past president of theInternational Reading Association

“I can’t wait to show this book to myundergraduates! The Children’s Literature Lover’sBook of Lists will be an invaluable resource as they begintheir teaching careers.”
—Susan Davis Lenski, professor of education, Illinois StateUniversity

“Dr. Sullivan’s professional insights combined withher years of experience teaching and using children’sliterature make this book a must-read item for anyone involved withchildren and books.”
—Mel Cebulash, author, Hot Like the Sun, Willie’sWonderful Pet, Kid With the Left Hook, and more

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787965952
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/2/2003
  • Series: J-B Ed: Book of Lists Series, #39
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 11.46 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanna Sullivan is director of the Family Literacy Program for Migrant Workers, affiliated with Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Dr. Sullivan has taught reading, children’s literature, and language arts at Pennsylvania State University and Florida Atlantic University, and was director of the Reading Clinic at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.

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Children's Literature Lover's Book Lists

By Joanna Sullivan

John Wiley & Sons

Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-7879-6595-2

Chapter One


Books for Pre-K Through Grade 1

1.1 Classics and All-Time Favorites

Children submerged in a rich literary environment become better readers and writers as they grow. Younger children enjoy these favorites as read-alouds; older children enjoy hearing them over and over until they begin to read the books independently.

Amelia Bedelia (series) by Peggy Parish Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman Arthur (series) by Marc Brown Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett Corduroy (series) by Don Freeman Curious George (series) by H. A. Rey Eloise (series) by Hilary Knight Fables by Arnold Lobel Frances (series) by Russell Hoban Frog and Toad (series) by Arnold Lobel George and Martha by James Marshall Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (series) by Laura J.Numeroff The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber Madeline (series) by Ludwig Bemelmans Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe The Napping House by Audrey Wood The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant (series) by Jean de Brunhoff The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter Three Tales of My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

1.2 Read-Aloud Favorites

Read-aloud favorites are written to capture the rhythm of the language. They create a tone and mood that stir young listeners; yet they are believable, with defining characters and a moving but simple plot. The books described below are among those that have stood the course of time as read-aloud favorites. (Note: Those books with an asterisk have been highly recommended by a teacher, parent, or child.)

Aardema, Verna. Illustrated by Petra Mathers Borreguita and the Coyote The little lamb outwits the coyote in this Mexican folktale.

Asch, Frank Just Like Daddy Little Bear loves to imitate his daddy.

Brett, Jan The Mitten A young boy drops his mitten and many animals crawl inside.

Brown, Marc Arthur Meets the President Arthur's essay wins the prize; now he has to read it in front of the President!

Bunting, Eve. Illustrated by Jan Brett The Mother's Day Mice Three little mice go looking for Mother's Day gifts. The smallest one brings home a song he heard a human sing.

Cannon, Janell Stellaluna A baby bat is separated from his mother and adopted by a family of birds.

dePaola, Tomie Strega Nona Strega Nona has a magic pasta pot. What happens when the pot overflows?

Flack, Marjorie Angus and the Ducks Angus is a curious Scottie who escapes from his house.

Fleming, Denise In the Tall, Tall Grass A child's-eye view of the creatures that live in the tall, tall grass.

Freeman, Don Corduroy Corduroy is a teddy bear who wants to be loved.

Heine, Helme The Most Wonderful Egg in the World A king must decide which of three hens laid the most beautiful egg.

Hoban, Russell. Illustrated by Lillian Hoban Bread and Jam for Frances Frances will only eat bread and jam. What will her parents do?

Howe, James. Illustrated by Lillian Hoban The Day the Teacher Went Bananas A popular teacher turns out to be a gorilla.

Johnson, Crockett Harold and the Purple Crayon Harold goes for an adventurous walk in the moonlight with his purple crayon.

Keats, Ezra Jack Peter's Chair Peter is not pleased that his old baby furniture has been repainted pink for his baby sister.

Kellogg, Steven The Island of the Skog A group of mice sail away to a remote island and make friends with the inhabitants there.

Kimmel, Eric. Illustrated by Janet Stevens Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock When Anansi the spider tries to trick the other animals, Bush Deer decides to teach him a lesson.

Kraus, Robert Whose Mouse Are You? Little Mouse is trying to figure out how he fits into his family.

Lee, Jeanne M. Silent Lotus Long ago in Kampuchea, a baby girl was born who could not hear or speak-but how she could dance!

Lionni, Leo Swimmy A little fish discovers a way to protect his friends from being eaten by bigger fish.

Martin, Bill, Jr. and John Archambault. Illustrated by Lois Ehlert Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Come along and join the alphabet as it attempts to climb a coconut tree!

McCloskey, Robert Make Way for Ducklings Mr. and Mrs. Mallard manage to raise their family in the middle of Boston.

McGovern, Ann. Illustrated by Winslow Pinney Pels Stone Soup When a little old lady claims she has no food to give him, a hungry young man proceeds to make soup with a stone and water.

Mercer, Mayer There's a Nightmare in My Closet Sometimes nightmares aren't so bad as they first appear, as the heroine of this story quickly discovers.

Rosen, Michael. Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury We're Going on a Bear Hunt Brave bear hunters travel through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces their retreat. (Ideal for acting out.)

Sendak, Maurice Where the Wild Things Are A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.

Slobodkina, Esphyr Caps for Sale A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree.

Steig, William Brave Irene A little girl battles a fierce snowstorm in order to deliver the duchess's ball gown.

Thayer, Jane. Illustrated by Lisa McCue The Popcorn Dragon Though his hot breath is the envy of all the other animals, a young dragon learns that showing off does not make friends.

Turkle, Brinton Thy Friend, Obadiah Obadiah is a six-year-old Quaker who lives in Colonial Nantucket.

Van Allsburg, Chris The Polar Express A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.

Viorst, Judith Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Alexander is experiencing one of the worst days of his life, but his mother just says, "Some days are like that!"

Waber, Bernand Ira Sleeps Over Ira is hesitant to take his teddy bear on his first sleep over.

Wood, Audrey The Napping House In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleepy creatures causes a commotion with just one bite.

1.3 Favorite Author Series

Introducing a favorite series is one way to "hook" children into reading. When reading fiction, children become familiar with the characters and await the next book to find out what has happened to their new "friends." When reading nonfiction, children feel more comfortable because the format of the books remains consistent and predictable.


Popular read-alouds by the following authors have delighted children at the preschool level for years.

Frank Asch Little Bear is a lovable character trying to make sense of his world. Bear is especially enchanted by the moon, which is reflected in Moonbear, Moondance, Moonbear's Shadow, Mooncake, and the all-time favorite, Happy Birthday Moon. The sweet, simple illustrations by the author perfectly match the text.

Tana Hoban Hoban's photographs-some in color, some in black and white-illustrate familiar objects and animals as well as simple concepts including colors, shapes, and size. The pages are uncluttered with few or no words.

Shirley Hughes Young children can easily relate to the actions depicted in the pictures, such as Hiding, Bouncing, Giving, and Chatting. The realistic, charming illustrations depicting simple concepts make these books ideal for toddlers who are curious about their world.

Jan Ormerod This author's simple books portray everyday events in a toddler's life. The light, soothing illustrations feature activities all children can relate to, such as Reading, Sleeping, and Making Friends. Also, check out Mom's Home, Dad's Back, and This Little Nose (has a bad cold!). These small-sized books are just right for little hands.

Helen Oxenbury The thirteen Tom and Pippo books tell about a young boy's everyday adventures with his toy monkey as they go out for a walk, meet a dog, or go shopping. In Oxenbury's seven "Out-and-About" books, children who have outgrown board books are introduced to new experiences: The Birthday Party, The Checkup, The Dance Class, Eating Out, The Car Trip, The First Day at School, and visiting Grandma and Grandpa. These small books feature few words per page. The humorous illustrations are perfectly geared to toddlers.

Richard Scarry For years children have enjoyed the bright busy books of animals going about their daily-and very human-lives. Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm, Mr. Frumble, and Tinder and Tanker are some of Scarry's familiar and much-loved characters. While some of his books deal with the activities of Busytown, others are concept books such as Short and Tall and On the Farm.

Nancy Tafuri This author's strength is her beautiful illustrations, especially of animals. The large, colorful pictures are readily recognizable. There are few or no words on the page. Children can travel to the farm, the jungle, or the forest in books titled Jungle Walk, Follow Me, Do Not Disturb, Early Morning in the Barn, and Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails.

Shigeo Watanabe The little bear in these 13-page picture books deals with situations that will be familiar to young listeners, such as waiting for dad, getting dressed, and eating. Each story teaches some quality, such as perseverance, goal setting, and right and wrong ways to get dressed. There are just a few words and happy full-color pictures.


The following series focus on a single character or groups of characters.

Amelia Bedelia (originally written by Peggy Parish, taken over by her nephew Herman Parish) This silly, good-hearted girl takes everything said to her as literally as one can imagine. Young children ages 5-8 love the silly situations she gets herself into. These 40- to 60-page books work either as independent reading or a rousing time of read-aloud.

Angelina Ballerina (by Katharine Holabird, illustrated by Helen Craig) These thirteen gentle picture books show how a plucky little mouse deals with friends, family, and her love of ballet. The illustrations are exuberant and the characters are charming. For children ages 5-8.

Arthur (by Lillian Hoban) The often-worried chimp and his wise little sister Violet take beginning readers into their family. Charmingly written and illustrated, they are old-fashioned yet timeless. Part of the "I Can Read Book, Series 2" by HarperCollins, the books are in the 64-page range for children in grades 1-3.

Arthur (by Marc Brown) The always-thinking aardvark navigates the bewildering world of family, friends, and school. Little sister D.W., parents, teachers, and a host of multi-specied classmates portray Arthur's problems in a funny and sympathetic way in more than twenty-five books. Arthur is a favorite of children at the pre-K level through grade 2.

Babar (by Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff) For over 50 years, the elephant king, his friends, and family have been charming young readers ages 4-8. There are over twenty books, with Jean's son, Laurent, continuing the series.

Berenstain Bears (by Stan and Jan Berenstain) Life's lessons are taught through a family of bears: silly Papa, wise Mama, and rambunctious cubs. All sorts of social situations encountered in families-such as lying, a new baby-sitter, a new baby sister, the "gimmes," and making the team-are dealt with. This series has over thirty picture books for ages 4-7. Check out the authors' Web site at

Clifford the Big Red Dog (by Norman Bridwell) Owned by a young girl named Emily Elizabeth, huge Clifford tries to do the right thing but doesn't always succeed. Young children can relate to his mishaps, and feel assured that everything will turn out all right. There are bright full-color illustrations and one, two, or three sentences on a page. Clifford is featured in over a dozen adventures and is a big hit with children ages 4-8.

Curious George (originally written by H. A. Rey, later books are adapted by Houghton Mifflin from animated films) The picture books about the curious, mischievous little monkey and his friend, "the man with the yellow hat," have been delighting children ages 4-7 for over 50 years. The original series had seven books. In the more than twenty that have been added in the familiar style, George has adventures at the parade, with a dump truck, making pancakes, and with puppies.

Dr. Seuss Beginner Books (by Dr. Seuss) Rollicking rhymes and whimsical pictures make these beloved books perfect for beginning readers. Some of the titles include The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and Fox in Socks.


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Table of Contents

About This Resource.

Historical Outline of Children’s Literature.

Section One: Books for Pre-K Through Grade 1.


1.1 Classics and All-Time Favorites.

1.2Read-Aloud Favorites.

1.3 Favorite Author Series.

1.4 Favorite Publisher Series.


1.5 Alphabet Books.

1.6 Board Books.

1.7 Concept Books.

1.8 Flap Books.

1.9 Pop-up Books.

1.10 Predictable Books.

1.11 Sound Awareness Books.

1.12W ordless Picture Books.


1.13 Picture Books.

1.14 Animal Stories.

1.15 Folktale and Fairy-Tale Read-Alouds.


1.16 Books to Teach Math.

1.17 Books to Teach Science.

1.18 Books to Teach Social Studies.

1.19 Multicultural Books.

1.20 Books About Feelings and Conflicts.

1.21 Books About Holidays and Traditions.

1.22 Books About Music, Dance, and Art.

1.23 Sports Books.


1.24 Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes.

1.25 Rhyming Books.

1.26 Poetry.

1.27 Jokes, Riddles, and Trick Books.

Section Two: Books for Grades 2 and 3.


2.1 Classics and All-Time Favorites.

2.2 Favorite Chapter Books.

2.3 Favorite Author Series.

2.4 Favorite Publisher Series.


2.5 Realistic Fiction.

2.6 Animal Stories.

2.7 Folktale and Fairy-Tale Read-Alouds.

2.8 Cinderella Variants from Around the World.

2.9 Fractured Fairy Tales.


2.10 Books to Teach Math.

2.11 Books to Teach Science.

2.12 Books to Teach Social Studies.

2.13 Multicultural Books.

2.14 Biographies.

2.15 Books About Feelings and Conflicts.

2.16 Books About Holidays and Traditions.

2.17 Books About Music, Art, and Dance.

2.18 Sports Books.


2.19 Poetry.

2.20 Reference and Map Books.

Section Three: Books for Grades 4 Through 6.


3.1 Classics.

3.2Recent Favorites.

3.3 Picture Books for Older Readers.

3.4 Favorite Author Series.

3.5 Favorite Publisher Series.


3.6 Realistic Fiction.

3.7 Science Fiction and Fantasy.

3.8 Folktales, Fairy Tales, and Myths.

3.9 Friends and Family.

3.10 Humorous Books.

3.11 Ghost Stories and Mystery Stories.


3.12Books to Teach Math.

3.13 Books to Teach Science.

3.14 Books to Teach Social Studies.

3.15 The Best in Historical Fiction.

3.16 Multicultural Books.

3.17 Biographies.

3.18 Books About Feelings and Conflicts.

3.19 Books About Holidays and Traditions.

3.20 Books About Music, Dance, and Art.

3.21 Sports Books.


3.22 Poetry.

3.23 Fun With Language: Idioms, Homonyms, Palindromes,Oxymorons, and Riddles.209

3.24 Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Atlases, and ComputerBooks.

Section Four: Children’s Book Awards and RecommendedLiterature.


4.1 Caldecott Award Winners and Honor Books(Illustrator).

4.2Newbery Medal Winners and Honor Books (Author).

4.3 Caldecott and Newbery Winners.

4.4 Boston Globe Horn Book Award Winners and Honor Books.

4.5 Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction forChildren.

4.6 Coretta Scott King Award and Honor Books (AfricanAmerican).

4.7 Christopher Awards.

4.8 The Pura Belpré Award (Hispanic).

4.9 The Regina Medal (Catholic).

4.10 The Sydney Taylor Book Awards (Jewish).

4.11 Other Children’s Book Awards.


4.12Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People.

4.13 Books to Celebrate Asian-Pacific American HeritageMonth.

4.14 Selected Children’s Books About Native Americans inthe 20th Century.

4.15 The New York Public Library’s List of 100 FavoriteChildren’s Books.

4.16 The New York Public Library’s 100 Picture BooksEveryone Should Know.

4.17 American Library Association Notable Books forChildren.

4.18 International Reading Association Teachers’Choices.

4.19 25 Years of International Reading AssociationChildren’s Choices.

4.20 Humorous Books for All Ages, Grades K–6.

4.21 Old and New Favorite Books to Read Aloud, K–6.

Section Five: Children’s Literature Web Sites andTeacher Resources.

5.1 Web Sites for Children’s Literature.

5.2 Teacher Resources.

5.3 Magazines for Children.

5.4 Author Web Sites.

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