A Handful of Great Children’s Books

I’ve just started a class on library materials for children, and it has me recalling a few children’s books I’ve enjoyed. You’re welcome to share your recommendations below!  

1. One of my favorite books as a child was Robert Lopshire’s Put Me in the Zoo, which my grandma would read to us in her house by the river. I liked how the leopard changed his spots, and felt sad for how much he wanted to be a zoo creature… until a few children give him a better suggestion!

2. And one of my favorite children’s books is Patricia Wrede’s Dealing with Dragons. More for older elementary school students, it’s a story about a princess who runs away from the princes to work as a dragon’s assistant, and focuses on great relationships between the princess, her wry and sarcastic dragon, and a helpful witch. It’s fun, lighthearted, and there are four books in the series.

Please check out Zzanthia's wonderful illustrations of Dealing with Dragons

Morwen the witch from Dealing with Dragons, by Zzanthia on DeviantArt

3. Finally, I’ve recently read The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred, a winner of the Belpre Award for Hispanic books. Rafael Lopez creates intense and vibrant illustrations for a story about a farm girl gathering the ingredients for rice pudding, with her animal friends. The illustrations are the best thing about the book, but the bilingual words are great as well.

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