Building a rich collection of children’s literature does not have to be a burdensome task…
Honey for a Child’s Heart, by Gladys Hunt, and The Read-Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease: I’m not sure how I survived the library labyrinth without these. No more aimlessly filling our basket. Now we walk in armed with a list and a plan, and often times, I put the list on hold with my online library account (check your local library for this service). Given enough notice, my books will be stacked and waiting for me at the counter. I love walking in and walking out with a stack of new books in a matter of minutes when we’re pushed for time.
The American Library Association publishes a new list of the most notable children’s books each year, beginning in 2004. Previous years are being added.
The International Reading Association also publishes several reading lists by year: Children’s Choices, Teacher’s Choices, and Young Adult Choices.
And last, but not least, Amy’s book series sampler is such a wonderful gift idea for that special occasion, or for no reason at all. Tucking this one away.