Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Books That Matter: The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

  I can recall reading and being read books from “The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.”  These books were fun and always had a good ending. My mother would continuously … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

Books That Matter: Amelia Bedelia

      I do not have one particular Amelia Bedelia book that I enjoy more than the other, but this series is definitely a series that mattered to me.  … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

Junie B. Jones

  When I was little, my mother would read a chapter of a Junie B. Jones book to me every night before I went to bed. I don’t think I … Continue reading

May 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Books that Matter: Goodnight Moon

I was a lucky child because even though my parents were very young when I was born, they were both in college at the University of Pittsburgh and constantly reading. They read … Continue reading

May 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Saggy Baggy Elephant: A Book that Mattered

My mother loved books.  She read anything and everything she could get her hands on.  She passed that love on to me.  She read to me tirelessly from my small … Continue reading

May 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

Doctor DeSoto Mattered to Me!

I think my requests to have my mother read William Steig’s Doctor DeSoto over and over again were in part due to my love of going to the dentist; however it … Continue reading

May 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Books that Matter: Alexander, and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

               Nothing can make a bad day seem better quite like a good book.  I learned this concept at a young age thanks to Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No … Continue reading

May 23, 2013 · 5 Comments

The Ernie & Bert Book: A Book that Matters

The Ernie & Bert Book written by Norman Stiles, illustrated by Joe Mathieu, caused my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder!  Yes, everything does begin on Sesame Street.  This story is introduced by the contrasting characters … Continue reading

May 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Books that Matter: Muffin Mouse

When I think of a children’s book that really mattered to me as a child, Muffin Mouse’s New House by Lawrence Di Fiori immediately comes to mind. There were so … Continue reading

May 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Books That Mattered

Little House on the Prairie Books I still remember opening the Christmas package from my great aunt that contained the entire series of Little House on the Prairie books.  My … Continue reading

May 23, 2013 · 5 Comments

Books that Matter: Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy. Written by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. This is a book that matters because it sends a powerful message for girls. Nancy is incredibly fancy, … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Book that Mattered: The Monster at the End of This Book

Some of the best books from my childhood days tell stories beyond those intended by the author. There’s the book from the Little House series that was dropped in the … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

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