Our book of December is The Snowy Day! It is a 1962 children’s picture book by American author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats. It features Peter, an African American boy, who explores his neighborhood after the season’s first snowfall. Keats received the 1963 Caldecott Medal for his collage artwork, which made The Snowy Day the first picture book with an African American protagonist to win a major children’s award.
Our book of November is The Giving Tree! It is an American children’s picture book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. First published in 1964 by Harper & Row, it has become one of Silverstein’s best-known titles, and has been translated into numerous languages. The book follows the lives of a female apple tree and a boy, who develop a relationship with one another. The tree is very “giving” and the boy evolves into a “taking” teenager, man, then elderly man. Despite the fact that the boy ages in the story, the tree addresses the boy as “Boy” his entire life.
Our book of October is The Tale of Peter Rabbit! It is a British children’s book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter that follows mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor. He escapes and returns home to his mother, who puts him to bed after dosing him with tea. The tale was written for five-year-old Noel Moore, son of Potter’s former governess Annie Carter Moore, in 1893. The story was inspired by a pet rabbit Potter had as a child, which she named Peter Piper.
Our book of September is Goodnight Moon! It is an American children’s book written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. It was published on 3 September 1947, and is a highly acclaimed bedtime story. This book is the second in Brown and Hurd’s “classic series”, which also includes The Runaway Bunny and My World. The three books have been published together as a collection titled Over the Moon.
Our book of August is A Bear Called Paddington! It is a children book written by British author Michael Bond, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum and published in 13 October 1958. The book introduced Paddington Bear, the friendly bear from Peru—with his old hat, battered suitcase (complete with a secret compartment), duffel coat and love of marmalade. Paddington books have been translated into 30 languages across 70 titles and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, and Paddington Bear has been featured in more than twenty books written by Michael Bond . Continue reading
Our book of July is The Tiger Who Came to Tea! It is a short children’s story, first published by HarperCollins in 1968, written and illustrated by Judith Kerr. The book remains extremely popular more than fifty years after it was first published, and a theatrical adaptation of the story has been produced. A television adaptation of the book will air on Channel 4 at Christmas 2019. The original artwork for the book is held by Seven Stories, a children’s literature centre in the UK. Continue reading
Our book of June is The Very Hungry Caterpillar! It is a children’s picture book designed, illustrated, and written by Eric Carle, first published by the World Publishing Company in 1969, later published by Penguin Putnam. The winner of many children’s literature awards and a major graphic design award, it has sold almost 50 million copies worldwide, and has been described as having sold the equivalent of a copy per minute since its publication. The book has also been described as “one of the greatest childhood classics of all time”, and was voted the number two children’s picture book in a 2012 survey of School Library Journal readers. Continue reading
Our book of May is Song of the Swallows! It is a book by Leo Politi. Published by Scribner, it was the recipient of the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1950. Continue reading
Our book of April is Where the Wild Things are! It is a 1963 children’s picture book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, originally published by Harper & Row. The book has been adapted into other media several times, including an animated short in 1974 (with an updated version in 1988); a 1980 opera; and a live-action 2009 feature-film adaptation, directed by Spike Jonze. The book had sold over 19 million copies worldwide as of 2009, with 10 million of those being in the United States.. Continue reading
Our book of March is Blueberries for Sal! It is a 1948 children’s picture book by Robert McCloskey. It was awarded the Caldecott Honor in 1949, and was ranked number 13 among the “Top 100 Picture Books” in a 2009 survey published by School Library Journal. It was ranked number 31 in a reiteration three years later. Continue reading