Children's Book Week this year is from May 7th to the 13th. To celebrate, we've joined a giveaway hop filled with children's literature goodness. The hop is organized by KidLitFrenzy, Classic Children's Books, Mymcbooks, and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. 'Children's books' covers everything from picture books up to young adult so, for the hop, we'll give you the choice of any books in that age range, up to $12 total from The Book Depository. But if it were up to us, we'd probably buy some of our favorites. Here are a few children's books that Catie and I definitely recommend:
A fun adventure story about a fearless band of little girl pirates who take young Tom on a treasure seeking journey one night. Unfortunately the treasure is already in the hands of a group of rough old man pirates, but these little girls will win the day. Upside-down houses ensue.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
Many children have that one special toy that they can't live without. Likewise, many parents have spent endless hours cleaning, repairing, and searching everywhere for said toy. This story perfectly homes in on that frustration, as young Trixie can't find her Knuffle Bunny and her poor Dad has no idea why she's so upset. This series (which continues with Knuffle Bunny Too and Knuffle Bunny Free) and its author Mo Willems number among our top favorites. There's plenty here to enjoy for children and parents alike!
Frog And Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
I have to add this one in, for the simple reason that to this day I can't read the story Ice Cream without laughing like a maniac.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and illustrated by Lauren Child
I never intended to have this book on my list - in fact I stumbled across it only because I was searching for my favorite in the Charlie & Lola series by Lauren Child. But how could I leave off one of my favorite childhood books with illustrations from one of my current favorite illustrators? Are we allowed to enter our own giveaway?!
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
This is my favorite Cinderella re-telling. It's perfect for ages 8-12 and has a wonderfully strong girl heroine and plenty of great messages for girls. I recently gave this to my cousin's nine year old daughter and I can't wait to read it to my own daughters! (Also...just FYI the movie is a travesty.)
My siblings and I dreamed about this storyline for ages--running away and living in the museum! I've reread this one many times since I first read it in elementary school. And if I'm being honest, I still dream about running away to live in the museum...and also the library.
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
So, so hilarious. This quick picture book teaches kids about the tendency people (well in this case, animals) have of evading the question rather than incriminating themselves. It's great for kids and adults alike, as long as you have a sense of humor.
Animalia by Graeme Base
This book provides hours of entertainment. Graeme Base's book has beautiful illustrations that you can't help but pore over. Each page centers on an alliterative adventure through the letters of the alphabet.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
First in the Wayside School series, this book features a school that was accidentally built vertically rather than horizontally and all the crazy teachers who work there and students who attend. I still remember many of the characters almost twenty years later.
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
This was my favorite book for years. A middle grade mystery is unraveled after a rich old man dies and leaves his fortune to the team who can figure out how he died. The teams working on solving the mystery all live together in an apartment building. Also, the book is another victim of horrible-movie-adaptation.
The giveway hop runs until midnight on the 13th of May, EST. Open international. One winner will receive their pick of a book or books up to $12 US from The Book Depository. Upon notification, winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.
Don't forget to check out all the other stops on the Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop!