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specialbunny asked:

Top six children's books

I’m going to assume you mean Children’s Picture books.

1. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems   -  This is my favorite series to do read alouds with.  They are a hit every year and really excite the kids about listening to books — often better than some of our weekly books.

2. It’s Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr - toddparr is one of my favorite Children’s authors.  His pictures are colorful and I think subtly tell children that you don’t have to be able to draw things exactly right and they always have a good message.  This particular book is helpful for students that are afraid to try/fail and kids that get really upset when they make a mistake.  Such a great conversation starter.

3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin - The book has a good rhythm and the kids love to chant it.   It is excellent for introducing upper and lower case letters.   The secret sneaking off to the top of the coconut tree is a little bit of an adventure that gets kids excited.

4. There’s a Monster at the End of This Book by Mark Smollin - another great book to do as a read aloud with voices.  The kids laugh so much and will ask to hear it again and again.  Someone donated this to my classroom this year!

5. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendack for obvious reasons

6. Imogene’s Antlers by David Small - This was my favorite book as a kid and I memorized it and took it to class and told everyone I could read.

I would recommend any of these for gifts to young children or to prek-1st grade teachers. 

"'Secrets have power,' Widget begins. 'And that power diminishes when they are shared, so they are best kept and kept well. Sharing secrets, real secrets, important ones, with even one other person, will change them. Writing them down is worse, because who can tell how many eyes might see them inscribed on paper, no matter how careful you might be with it. So it's really best to keep your secrets when you have them, for their own good, as well as yours."

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

"'You're not destined or chosen, I wish I could tell you that you were if that would make it easier, but it's not true. You're in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that's enough."

— Celia in Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

"They seek each other out, these people of such specific like mind. They tell of how they found the circus, how those first few steps were like magic. Like stepping into a fairy tale under a curtain of stars. They pontificate upon the fluffiness of the popcorn, the sweetness of the chocolate. They spend hours discussing the quality of the light, the heat of the bonfire. They sit over their drinks smiling like children and relish being surrounded by kindred spirits, if only for an evening. When they depart, they shake hands and embrace like old friends, even if they have only just met, and as they go their separate ways they feel less alone than they had before."

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This is how I have felt after meeting up with some fellow tumblrs.

NPR: Henrietta Lacks Receives Honorary Degree

Henrietta Lacks was a poor African-American woman with cervical cancer. Doctors took her cells without her knowledge and used them for research. And they’ve been used in tens of thousands of research studies. Now nearly 60 years after her death, Morgan State University in Baltimore has awarded her an honorary degree. Michele Norris and Robert Siegel have more.

I remember seeing a special about her on t.v. where they also talked to some of her relatives.  I wish I could remember what show it was on.

There’s a book on her and what her cells have done for science and our health — and the racism her life and story has felt.  It is called the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  I’ve been wanting to read it, but just haven’t gotten to it yet.

StoryLine Online: Have Celebrities Read Favorite Children's Books

This site is presented by the Screen Actor’s Guild Foundation.  It streams videos with SAG members reading children’s books.  Some of the stories include Harry the Dirty Dog, To Be a Dog, Thank You Mr. Faulker, Stellaluna, A Bad Case of Stripes, The Polar Express, and Enemy Pie (Others are featured).  Some of the SAG members are Al Gore, Haylie Duff, Betty White, and Amanda Bynes.  Heck — I just might need a bedtime story tonight!