October 2013

In This Issue

Theme: Gems

4-8 Years
Theme: Gems

8-12 Years
Theme: Gems

Classics for Preschoolers

The Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose
Baa Baa Black Sheep
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog
Chica Chica Boom Boom
Clifford and the Big Red
The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter
The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit
The Eensy-Weensy Spider
Good Night Gorilla
Goodnight Moon
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harry and the Dirty Dog
The Little Engine That Could
Little Bear
The Mitten
The Mother Goose Treasury
My Friend Bear
The Napping House
One Fish, Two Fish, Red
Fish, Blue Fish
The Owl and the Pussycat
Peter's Chair
The Pokey Little Puppy
The Rainbow Fish
The Runaway Bunny
The Snowy Day
The Tall Book of Mother Goose
Ten Seeds
The Three Little Kittens
The Three Little Pigs
The Teddy Bears Picnic
Tommie's Mother Goose Flies Again
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Where's Spot
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

Classics for
Ages 4-8

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No good, Very Bad Day
Amos: The Story of an Old Dog and His Couch
Bedtime for Frances
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog
The Boy Who Was Followed Home
Blueberries for Sal
Caps for Sale
A Child's Garden of Verses
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh
A Cricket in Times Square
Curious George
George Shrinks
Good Night Gorilla
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Hermit the Kermit
Horton Hatches the Egg
The House on East 88th
Ira Sleeps Over
James and the Giant Peach
Katy and the Big Snow
The Little Engine That Could
Little Toot
The Littles
Make Way for Ducklings
Mike Mulligan and His
Steam Shovel
My Father's Dragon
My Friend Bear
The Napping House
On Market Street
The Owl and the Pussycat
Pippi Longstocking
Regards to the Man in the Moon
The Story of Babar
The Story of Ferdinand
The Story of Little Babaji
The Story of Ping
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Treasured Tales from Beatrix Potter
A Treasury of Children's Literature
Velveteen Rabbit
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

Classics For
Ages 8-12

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Battle for the Castle
A Bear Called Paddington
Beauty and the Beast
The Castle in the Attic
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlotte's Web
The Chronicles of Narnia
East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon
The Firebird
Half Magic
Jonathan Swift's Gulliver
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story
Mary Poppins
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
Peter Pan and Wendy
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
The Racketty Packetty House
The Secret Garden
Sleeping Beauty
The Snow Queen
Unwitting Wisdom: An Anthology of Aesop's Fables


A sense of honor and value surround great literature. Laughter, pain, hunger, satisfaction, love, and joy are found in classics. When our children become familiar with this kind of writing, they have a foundation for making comparisons. Not everything they read will be excellent, but they will know a story's possibilities.

Read stories in their original versions, not the watered-down ones without any drama or life. They may retell the classic stories, but the basic elements that make the stories classics are omitted.

Stories are marvelous gateways to a world of delight, laughter, wonder, and adventure. Children cannot always discover these books on their own. They need adults to introduce them to books with well-chosen words that communicate wonder, excitement, and pleasure. Books are not a substitute for life, but a greater life can be experienced because of them.

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Touch the Heart,
Color the Imagination, and
Delight the Mind

Welcome to The Storytellers, a monthly newsletter of outstanding children's literature to read and read aloud from preschooler age children to students in middle grades.

This month we present some of the gems in children's literature, from the past as well as the present. Gems are precious jewels and valued for their beauty and perfection. These are memorable books that deserve a place of prominence in children's literature. We hope that you and your children will enjoy our selections.

For more information on reading to children, great books to read and read aloud, visit www.tchliteracy.com.

Preschool: Gems

written/illus. by Maria van Lieshout, (Philomel Books, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-399-25184-9), 40p, Ages 3-5

Hopper, a little blue elephant and Wilson, a small yellow mouse, gaze across the ocean and wonder about the end of the world. Maybe it's a place with unlimited supplies of lemonade, or perhaps a staircase to the moon. Saying farewell to their pet cactus, the two friends sail away in a paper boat with a red balloon for company. When a storm blows in and Hopper falls overboard, Wilson questions sea turtles, penguins and whales before spying a blue elephant floating on a red balloon. Arriving at the end of the world, they find their little cactus and lemon trees waiting for them. "'Aren't we lucky that our home is at the end of the world, Wilson?' Wilson closed his eyes. 'And at the beginning too!' he peeped." Full of warmth and wisdom, little ones will enjoy this sweet tale of friendship, adventure, and coming home.


written by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman, (Margaret K. McElderry Books, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4169-5855-0), 40p, Ages 3-7

"But how will I eat if my tooth says good-bye?" Concerned about Bear's wiggly tooth, his friends convince him that loosing a baby tooth is natural. One by one, the animals try to pry the tooth loose out, but in the end, Bear's tongue pushes it free. That night the tooth Fairy pays a visit and leaves blueberries. Everyone enjoys the treat, until Bear discovers another wobbly tooth. The clever rhyming text and lovely illustrations will help children deal with another normal phase in childhood.

Other Recommendations:


written/illus. Catherine Rayner, (Tiger Tales $14.99, ISBN
978-1-58925-147-2), 32p, Ages 2-5


written/illus. by Philip C. Stead, (Roaring Book Press, $16.99, ISBN
978-1-59643-809-5), 40p, Ages 3-6


written/illus by Marie-Louise Gay, (Groundwood Books, $16.95, ISBN
978-1554982165), 32p, Ages 2-5

Ages 4-8: Gems

written by Jason Carter Eaton, illus. by John Rocco, (Candlewick Press, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-7636-6307-0), 48p, Ages 4-8

Imagine children choosing, naming, training, and caring for trains as they would for pets. Enormous trains, from freight and monorail to steam and passenger, are available for choosing, but first comes the catching. The recommended procedures include sending up smoke signals, offering coal, paying compliments, and encouraging the "chugga-chuggas." Then comes the naming. Popular names are offered (Pushkin, Pickle Puss, Sir Chuggsalot). Caring requires bathing, reading-aloud, and playing soft locomotive music. Manners are important, too. "Train your train not to leap up on people and to always wipe its wheels before going indoors." Teaching tricks are a bit harder, especially rolling rover and jumping through flaming rings. Part of the charm of this clever guidebook is the expressive personalities of the trains. Young and old will enjoy chugging down this track.


written by Antonia Barber, Nicola Bayley, (Walker Books, ISBN 978-0-74450-703-4), 40p, Ages 5-8

Based on an old Cornish legend, this charming tale tells of a devoted cat, Mowzer, her fisherman master, and their village of Mousehole. When a great storm blows into the village harbor threatening the town, the fishing boats are unable to put out to sea. With the village facing starvation, Old Tom decides to brave the storm and catch food for everyone. Mowzer knows that "men were like mice in the paws of the Great Storm-Cat." Together they set out in their boat to face the storm's wrath or die trying. Wind and waves strike the boat, until Mowzer begins to sing and purr, calming the Great Storm-Cat's howling. Told from the viewpoint of Mowzer, the powerful text and stunning illustrations leave a lasting impression on all who read and read-aloud this elegant story.

Other Recommendations:


written/illus. by David Wiesner, Clarion Books, $17.99, ISBN
978-0-618-75661-2), 32p, Ages 4-8


written by Mark Kelly, illus. by C. F. Payne, (Simon & Schuster, $16.99, ISBN
978-1-4424-8426-9), 40p, Ages 4-8


written by Joan Holub, illus. by Melissa Sweet, (Chronicle Books,
$16.99, ISBN
978-0-8118-7869-2), 36p, Ages 5-8

Ages 8-12: Gems

written by Oliver Butterworth, illus. by Louis Darling, (Little, Brown & Co., $6.99, ISBN 978-0-316-11920-7), 188p, Ages 8+

When a hen on the Twitchell farm in Freedom, New Hampshire lays a gigantic egg, no one is more excited than twelve-year-old Nate. For six weeks, he watched over the egg, turning it every few hours until it hatched and a baby Triceratops appears. News travels fast, and before long scientists, reporters, and politicians show up at the family farm. Nate names the little fellow Uncle Beasley. Growing rapidly, problems arise concerning nutrition, a permanent home, and long-term care. With a scientist friend, Nate and Uncle Beasley set off for the National Museum in Washington D.C., where zaniness, suspense, and frustration await. Great stories leave the reader wishing for more, and this one will remain in the hearts and minds of all who read and listen.


written by E. Nesbit, illus. by Gordon Browne/Lewis Baumer, (Chronicle Books, $14.95 HC, ISBN 0-8118-5415-9, $9.95 PB, ISBN 0-8118-5416-7), 192p, Ages 8+

This endearing story was written in an era when honesty and integrity were valued and instilled in children. Having lost their mother, and with a downturn in their father's business, the six Bastable children pool their meager resources and ideas to restore the family fortune. Digging for treasure, publishing their own newspaper, thwarting a pair of bandits, and becoming kidnappers, the children's bravery and sense of honor shine through all their adventures. Written from the viewpoint of one of the children (readers must puzzle out which one), they are ordinary kids, who possess a large quantity of imagination, determination, and a desire to help their family. Originally published in 1899, this was E. Nesbit's first book for children. There is an afterword by Peter Glassman on the author's life.

Other Recommendations:


FLORA AND ULYSSES: The Illuminated Adventures
written by Kate DiCamillo, illus. by K. G. Campbell, (Candlewick Press, $17.99, ISBN
978-0-7636-6040-6), 240p, Ages 8-12


THE LAND OF STORIES: The Enchantress Returns
written by Chris Colfer, (Little Brown Books, $18.00, ISBN
978-0-316-20154-4), 528p, Ages 8-12


written by Josh Lacey, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books, $16.99,ISBN
978-0-5440-9645-5), 304p, Ages 8-12

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Over the years, we have researched thousands of children's books, and can recommend some of the best in outstanding children's literature for parents to read aloud and children to read. Our recommendations must meet certain criteria: fun, creative and imaginative stories, delightful illustrations, and excellent for age appropriate listening and reading. We hope that you enjoyed our recommendations. If you desire further information some of the best in children's literature, please visit our website, www.tchliteracy.com.

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