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Children's Literature Favorites and Discussion


Children's Literature Favorites and Discussion

This is a place to discuss favorite literature for children, and also any attempts you're making at writing for children.

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Comment by Maryrose Orlans on January 3, 2012 at 9:19pm

We've just read, "Over and Under the Snow" by Kate Messner.  A lovely and fact-filled story about a father and daughter skiing through the woods and their 'encounters'.  They find 'clues' all around them about the animals, many unseen, living in the woods.  A great story to turn into a lesson about how forest animals lives differ in the cold months and how they survive.  The pictures, by Christopher Silas Neal, only add to the enjoyment of the text as they reveal all the hidden creatures.  A delightful book to share with your children or grandchildren!!

Comment by wiffledust on January 1, 2012 at 3:14pm

i'm catching some "sarah plain and tall" on tv, and it's a wonderful story. i highly recommend the book to young readers...girls esp. enjoy!!

Comment by wiffledust on October 13, 2011 at 3:23pm
great suggestions, MR! thanks! i took your suggestion for my upcoming gift to the 14 year old. i'm going to give her " a tree grows in brooklyn". i think she'll love it. i know i did!
Comment by Maryrose Orlans on October 13, 2011 at 2:59pm
Do you want to share a beautiful story of the life of an oak tree with your children or grandchildren??  Look for, "The Gift of the Tree" by Alvin Tresselt.  Not a new story, but a powerful one.  Beautiful illustrations and the lovely descriptions of a tree's growth and death in the forest.  Amazing how many creatures depend upon the tree for so many things.  A wonderful example of how each life touches another.
Comment by Maryrose Orlans on September 29, 2011 at 8:54pm
Two years ago, Veronica and I came upon a book called, "Winter's Tail--How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again".  With the film recently being released, I thought I would share this beautiful book.  Although in the children's section, I thoroughly enjoyed the story myself and would recommend it as a quick read to anyone!  The story begins with the rescue of a baby dolphin in Florida, who had caught her tail in a crab trap.  Rushed to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, she was given attention around the clock.  Eventually, due to the severe damage, her tail fell off!  She taught herself to swim like a shark to get around, but the 'side-to-side' motion was damaging her spine.  The story continues when a doctor from a prosthetics company learns about Winter and finds a way to build her a tail!!  Powerful, positive, and uplifting, this is a truly inspiring story!  I'll have to let you know how the movie compares ;-)
Comment by wiffledust on September 23, 2011 at 8:44pm
sounds wonderful, maryrose! i'm a big lover of children's books. i'm so happy when someone posts here!!! ;-))
Comment by Maryrose Orlans on September 22, 2011 at 3:03pm
We've just begun the book, "Paddle-To-The-Sea".  This is not just a picture book!  It is the kind of book filled with rich language, very pretty drawings and informative maps.  It is a wealth of historical, geographical, and scientific information wrapped in a sweet, captivating story.  You could develop a curriculum around it!  It's a wonderful story to cuddle on the couch with a little friend and enjoy--we are :-)
Comment by Maryrose Orlans on September 6, 2011 at 11:25pm
I agree with Elle on the point of influence.  It is also important to understand the age group you are writing for.   Knowing their likes/dislikes, areas of interest, language abilities, etc., can help to make a better book. 
Comment by Elle MacNeil on September 6, 2011 at 10:50pm
How much influence they have on a young child's mind!
Comment by wiffledust on September 6, 2011 at 10:29pm
question for you guys who love children's lit: what do you think is the most important thing for a writer of children's lit to remember?

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