Thursday, April 23, 2009
Anita Silvey's 100 BEST BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
If I was stranded on a deserted island with only ten books, I would want one of those to be Anita Silvey’s 100 BEST BOOKS FOR CHILDREN. I bought this treasure after hearing her speak at the SCBWI Carolina’s 2008 Fall Conference and have yet to put it away.
100 BEST BOOKS FOR CHILDREN is a delight. Silvey organizes her picks by age categories, making it especially parent-friendly. Each of the great reads is summarized. The awesomeness, however, comes as this children's literature insider shares stories about the authors and how their works came to life.
For example, did you know that Curious George was originally named Fifi and was modeled after H.A. Rey’s wife Margaret?
Did you know that Maurice Sendak’s WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE would have been “Where the Wild Horses Are” except he couldn’t draw horses very well. Instead, he took memories of his relatives and combined them with images of King Kong, and the rest is history!
From stories for toddlers to books for twelve year olds, Silvey shines the spotlight on both classics and newer finds. I recommend 100 BEST BOOKS FOR CHILDREN for parents, teachers, and anyone who loves children’s books.