Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Flashback Tuesday: I Miss You Every Day by Simms Taback

Today we got the very sad news of the death of Caldecott winning author/illustrator Simms Taback.  It made me think of all the wonderful books he has given us.   I know he won a Caldecott for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat --- which is a wonderful book but I wanted to suggest a book I love.   

I Miss You Every Day written and illustrated by Simms Taback is a sweet and whimsical story of a little girl who misses someone so much she decides to mail herself to them.   I always thought this book would be  great to read aloud.   It has a great rhythm to it that makes it perfect for story time.   I love the endless possibilities for crafts and discussion.   We have all experienced someone we love being far away....this wonderful book helps us understand we are not alone in missing them.   It is ironic that this should be my favorite Simms Taback book as we will miss him very much.Thank you Mr Taback for bringing the world so much beauty and joy.  You will be missed. 

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Sigh by Marjane Satrapi

The Sigh written and illustrated by Marjane Satrapi is a beautiful fable that is more than just a story for  young readers.   I was struck by the cover which is so eye catching.   When I read the first few pages I was reminded of the classic fairy tales and fables that I love.  It is described as being a graphic novel.  The book does have many beautiful illustrations that advance the story but it doesn't  seem like a graphic novel in the truest form. The illustrations had a familiar feel to me so I did some research and realized I know  the author from her Academy Award Nominated film called Persepolis.  This film  is based on her book (a memoir)  of the same name.  I had never seen the film but remember seeing reviews and previews of it when it first came out.

  Marjane Satrapi  is a wonderful storyteller who immediately captures the readers imagination.   This would be a great book for children and parents to read together snuggled up by the fire on a cold winter's night.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Flashback Tuesday: Moishe's Miracle by Laura Kraus Melmed illustrated by David Slonim

Moishe's Miracle a Hanukkah Story by Laura Kraus Melmed and illustrated by David Slonim is a really fun Hanukkah story about a good hearted man who is given the gift of a magic skillet which makes endless latkes.  It is a wonderfully illustrated and well told story that transcends the holiday it was inspired by.   I like the way the Rabbi saves the day.   I really love how the illustrations play on light and dark.   This book makes a great holiday read aloud...and also makes me crave a good potato!   Happy Hanukkah! latke

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Teacher Gifts for the Holidays!

It's that time of year when parents need to get gifts for their children's teachers.  I know this gets harder and harder each year because as children get older they usually have more than one teacher a year.   When my sister taught school she would get lots of baked goods and mugs....believe me most of the mugs in my house were given to her by her students.   I thought I would give a suggestion for a great teacher gift. Not quite original but a good reminder.
            A friend of mine who is a teacher told a story of how her class is reading about Antarctica and how her kids can't get enough stories about penguins etc.   She said she borrowed the Magic Tree House #40: Eve of the Emperor Penguin from her son and they loved it.  He insisted that she was only to "borrow" it  as he wanted it back some day.   I love that story!

This is what parents can get their teachers....books for their classroom libraries.   Why not buy a book your child loved or something in that subject matter and donate it to a teacher's library.   A gift card to a local  independent bookstore would also be great!   This way you are not only helping cash strapped teachers but the community as well.   Teacher's always need more than one copy of a book too, especially if it is a popular title.

Another suggestion is to help teachers with supplies....so many of my teacher friends spend their own money to support classroom activities....they don't make much as it is, so any help would be appreciated.   Bring some holiday spirit to the people who see your child each day and take care of them....it is a great way to give back!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Flashback Tuesday: The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden illustrated by Barbara Cooney

The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden and illustrated by Barbara Cooney is an old favorite that I had forgotten about.   I was recently reminded of it when  blogger Read Aloud Dad  posted the cover on FB.   I love this story of a little orphan girl who longs for a home and a doll who longs to be loved. This is a timeless and nostalgic tale that should be read year after year.   It should be part of any family tradition.   A must have Christmas book!

Monday, December 12, 2011

My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee

My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee is a  wonderful new book by an author who never disappoints me.   I love his sweet characters and whimsical illustrations.   This is a perfectly fun read aloud that is great for story time.   It is sure to inspire a child's imagination.   A great new book that is a must have for any child.   Jon Agee knows how to tell a story with warmth and sweet simplicity.   Enjoy!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Come Back, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish illustrated by Wallace Tripp

Today is my sister Ann's birthday and for the last few years I have suggested books about Emily Dickinson as it is Emily's birthday too.   You can read about them here and here....they are still wonderful books especially Emily by Michael Bedard.   Today I am writing about a childhood favorite because whenever I see this book it reminds me of my sister.

Come Back, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish and illustrated by Wallace Tripp is not one of the more popular Amelia Bedelia books but like I said it is one that I love.   This was my introduction to the character who is Amelia Bedelia.   I remember reading it for the first time and laughing out loud. My sister Ann bought this for me when I was feeling a bit down in the dumps.....I don't remember why I was sad but I know I was.   It was just like her to try and cheer me up....she has always done that for me.   It was appropriate she would think a book would do the trick....after all she is a writer.  It is a great beginning reader book that is perfect for the silly reader in your life....

Happy Birthday Ann Elizabeth, thanks for making me smile!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Flashback Tuesday: Santa Calls by William Joyce

Santa Calls by William Joyce is one of my all time favorite Christmas books.  I bought it for myself when I was still working in the stores....here is my original blog post from 2009 .   As today is the Feast of St Nicholas I thought it would be a good time to revisit this new classic story.   I still get a warm feeling when I read it.   When I met William Joyce way back when he talked about making it into a film.   I am not sure if it was just wishful thinking on his part but I wish it would still happen.   In today's world I think Santa Calls would make a great 3D movie...life action or animated.  Even if it isn't a movie it is still a classic book that should be read by all......

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Reference Sunday: The LEGO Ideas Book by Daniel Lipkowitz

I think I have mentioned before how my nephews were always a bit obsessed with LEGOs.   When they were younger and we went on vacation they always took a huge bin of LEGO pieces to play with.   It was always funny how we, the adults, would be scrambling around the beach house trying to gather all the pieces on the last day of vacation.   I can remember countless times being with my nephews and playing with the LEGOs in their basement.   My structures always looked the same but theirs were very intricate.  
I wish I had today's book to reference....

The LEGO Ideas Book by Daniel Lipkowitz and published by DK Publishing is the perfect gift this season for the LEGO lover in your life.   It filled with wonderful new ways to use the LEGO pieces that seem to multiply like rabbits in the house.   It is set up with different chapters including transportation, buildings, kingdoms (my favorite) and "useful makes".   So if you don't know which LEGO set to buy this year maybe you should just give this book....as it can extend the life of previous LEGO gifts.  

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Introduction by Darren Shan

About a year ago I was shopping (well really just window shopping) when I came across a set of books that looked old but were just repackaged new editions of classics.   It always amazes me how some stores can get so creative about what they sell.  It is fun to find books in unusual places.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain with an introduction by Darren Shan was the first title I picked up from the display. As it is Mark Twain's birthday or should I say Samuel Clemons birthday I thought it was a good time to suggest these books.   I loved the feel of the book and the cover art.   When I opened it up and noticed the beautiful endpapers I felt like I had found a treasure.   It may look old and retro but it has a freshness about it that begs to be bought, read and placed on a shelf to be enjoyed for years to come.  There are 8 books in total repackaged in this beautiful manner....each with a distinct cover with endpapers and introductions by noted authors and illustrators.  

Here are the other titles from Puffin Classics that are sure to be a perfect gift for anyone this holiday season:

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, introduction by Brian Jacques
The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger  Green, introduction by John Boyne
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, introduction by Sophie Dahl
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, introduction by Meg Rosoff
The Call of the Wild by Jack London, introduction by Melvin Burgess
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, introduction by Tony DiTerlizzi

and finally because it is also L.M. Montgomery's birthday (two literary giants on the same day) an all time favorite of my childhood:

Anne of Green Gables introduction by Lauren Child~ I just love this cover too!

As I said these would make beautiful gifts that will be treasured forever....

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Flashback Tuesday: The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury by Janet Shulman

The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury by Janet Shulman is still a perfect family gift.   I remember so clearly when this book came out.   The discussions that went into how it should look and whether or not it would have a lasting appeal.   We are over ten years into a new century but this book is timeless.   I have always loved anthologies especially when I worked in the stores and a customer needed a gift for a family.   Janet Shulman really picked the perfect picture books to be included as they are classic and must have titles. It has something of interest for a range of ages.   So if you are looking for a great gift for a family that doesn't break the bank this is a perfect choice to give.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Reference Sunday: Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs by Marcia Williams

I can't believe the holiday season is upon us.   It has already been a busy few weeks.   Hopefully I will be able to post some great gift ideas for the children in your lives....starting with something I would have wanted as a gift when I a kid.

Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs written and illustrated by Marcia Williams is a wonderfully illustrated book retelling nine stories of Ancient Egypt.  I am not usually a person who likes comic strip type storytelling but this one works for me.   I think it is because the illustrations remind me of hieroglyphics,  which is a very appropriate way to tell stories about Ancient Egypt.  It is a very accessible and fun way to learn history.   Like I said I would have loved to get this as a gift when I was young....(oh who am I kidding I would love it now!)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Flashback Tuesday: Mary Poppins in the Kitchen by P.L. Travers

According to Anita Silvey's Book a Day Almanac it has been 85 years since Mary Poppins first came on the scene.   

When I was a little girl I got for Christmas one year my one and only Mary Poppins book.  

Mary Poppins in the Kitchen A Cookery Book with a Story by P.L Travers, illustrations by Mary Shepard and Culinary Consultant Maurice Moore-Betty is  one of my favorite childhood books .   I only knew Mary Poppins from the movie so when I got the book I was intrigued to read that there were more children and that Mary Poppins was actually a part of the household for more than a couple of days.   I loved reading the story and reading the recipes.   I can still see myself making the roast chicken with the help of my Mother.  I still have my copy with food stains all over it and my Mother's handwriting where she had inscribed it with my name and year of the gift.   It is something I will always treasure.   

It is actually a great little cookbook....the recipes aren't hard and the story is sweet.   I perfect little gift to share.   

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Reference Sunday: This is the Feast by Diane Z. Shore illust by Megan Lloyd

This is the Feast by Diane Z. Shore and illustrated by Megan Lloyd is a perfect way to get a child ready for  Thanksgiving.   While it isn't necessarily a reference book, it does tell the story of the pilgrims from the time they step on the Mayflower to the first harvest in their new land.  It is written in verse so it is easy to understand and the illustrations really capture the hardships and joys of these adventurous people.   This is a must have book for the child who is just starting to understand what Thanksgiving is all about.  

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

Thanksgiving is two weeks from today.   It seems like the years are going by so fast.   When I was a kid I loved watching the Thanksgiving day parade...the balloons always amazed me.   On my bucket list is going to seeing the balloons inflated the night before Thanksgiving.   This seems more exciting then the parade itself.

Balloons Over Broadway written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet tells the story of Tony Sarg a German immigrant who was also a puppeteer who worked for Macy's in NYC and decorated their windows.   When the annual parade decided to take out the live animals that were usually in the parade, Mr Sarg developed the idea of using balloons.   This is a special book with wonderfully rich illustrations that is a great way to get into the Thanksgiving holiday spirit.    I wish I had this book when I was a kid because I always wondered who got the idea to make these huge and incredible balloons. This is a great picture book biography that is totally easy to read.   I have always been a fan of Melissa Sweet's illustrations and this book is no exception.   A truly must have Thanksgiving story book that should be read every year.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Happy Birthday Bette Bao Lord!

It has been a while since I posted....freak October snowstorms can certainly throw off anyone's timing.  

Today is Bette Bao Lord's birthday....so many know her from her book In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson  which is wonderful but not the book I think of when I hear her name.

When I was young and had started reading voraciously I would grab any book that we had on our bookshelves.   One day I discovered a book that was my sister Ann's and was mesmerized by it.   It was Bette Bao Lord's first book as told to her by her sister Sansan called Eighth Moon: The True Story of a Young Girl's Life in Communist China.   I loved this book, I didn't really understand communism I just knew that it was about a beautiful little girl who got left behind and the struggles that she had.   I loved Sansan and always wondered (and still do) what happened to her.   I know that the book is basically out of print  but I think it should be back in print. It still has lessons to teach the world today.  Every student who is learning about China and communism should be required to read it.   It would also make a great companion piece to In the Year of the Boar so that children can see the juxtaposition of two sisters and how different their lives were.   Eighth Moon is one of my fondest book memories....

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tucker's Spooky Halloween by Leslie McGuirk

I can't believe that I am just discovering these cute books by Leslie McGuirk.  Tucker is the most adorable little character who should be seen by everyone.   In this really fun Halloween book, Tucker's Spooky Halloween, Ms McGuirk treats us to the wonderful idea that a dog can decide what he wants to dress up as.   This is so funny because I just read an article about how pet costumes are almost as prolific as kid costumes for Halloween.   I know so many dog owners who dress up their pets that I have always wondered how the pet feels being dressed in costume.   This is a great book for the pet lover in your life not just a great read aloud for children.   I look forward to writing more about Leslie McGuirk's books....she is a wonderful storyteller and illustrator.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Flashback Tuesday: The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift illus by Lynd Ward

In honor of the George Washington Bridge's 80th birthday I thought I would recommend a favorite book from childhood.  

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift and illustrated by Lynd Ward is a classic book from 1942 that tells of a little lighthouse that was built before the GWB was even thought of.  When the bridge comes along it overshadows the little lighthouse but in the end the lighthouse saves the day.   It is based on a real lighthouse that can still be seen below the great bridge.   When I was little we used to take the GWB to my Grandmother's house in NYC.   I remember trying to strain my eyes to see if I could see the Little Red Lighthouse....for visitors to NYC this would be a great unique place to try and find and see.....a true piece of Americana.   Click on the link above to find visitor information....before you go make sure you and your children read the book...it is inspirational and heartwarming.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Reference Sunday: National Geographic Kids Halloween Book of Fun

My neighbor across the street loves Halloween.  Every year the display on his lawn grows and grows.   This year it startled me even more when I got home one night and saw a huge blow up of Dracula staring over at me.   Apparently he decorates the inside of his house even more than the outside.....gotta love it when people are that enthusiastic about a kid's holiday!

National Geographic Kids Halloween Book of Fun by the National Geographic Society would be the perfect book for my neighbor.  It has loads of fun activities and games plus it has costume ideas and tips for having a great party. It has something for every child in the house (or grownup) no matter what their age.   I love the section that talks about spooky myths.....I even learned a few things.

This is a great book to have fun with at this time of year.....a must have Halloween book for the spooky in all of us!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hampire by Sudipta Barhan-Quallen illus by Howard Fine

Hampire by Sudipta Barhan-Quallen and illustrated by Howard Fine is a really fun book to read at this time of year.   It isn't necessarily a Halloween book but it is supposed to be a spooky book albeit played for laughs.   I have always been of fan of Howard Fine every since Piggie Pie (my niece Celia loved that book) so I was thrilled to see his illustrations in this funny book.  The way he draws his characters and the expressions he gives them are priceless.    It is definitely a story time book but for an older child... really young children might not get the "vampire" references or some of the "in" jokes.   It is still a fun read.   Oh and the fact that "Hampire" is (spoiler alert) really a vegetarian makes it even more adorable to me.   This is a great new book that can be read anytime of the year....not just for Halloween.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Reference Sunday: Everything For Your Halloween Party from Golden Books

I can't believe Halloween is a few weeks away.  Last year I suggested a number of Halloween Activity books that still are good today....but I was excited to find this great little book that has wonderful ideas to help with anyone's Halloween party. 

Everything for Your Halloween Party from Golden Books is a fun book with cutouts to make Halloween decorations including party hats and a centerpiece.   While this would be fun for a children's party I think it would be great for a grown up party too!  It was originally published in the 1940's so it has a great "retro" feel to it.   As you know I am big on the "retro"  enjoy!

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara illus by Mark Fearing

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by Mark Fearing is a clever retelling of the Three Little Pigs.....I love stories that have been re-imagined especially when they are done well.   This is a great book to also introduce the planets to children....it isn't a "science" book as stated in the Author's note but the planets are depicted and in a realistic way.  This is the perfect way to also introduce fairy tales to your kids...read this and then go back and read the original.   I would have loved to read this at story time as a new book selection....the activities that can go with it are endless.   This is a fun new book....

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Flashback Tuesday: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster illust by Jules Feiffer

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of it's publication.   This classic book with it's iconic cover has never gone out of style.   It is still a perennial on school reading lists which is how it should be.  Even though I have shelved this book and read about this book for years and am a huge fan of both Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer, it wasn't until a few years ago that I actually read it myself.   It was not at all what I imagined it to be....it was even better.  I couldn't believe it took me so long to finally pick it up and read.   I loved the word play and the characters...how many times have we felt like Milo---bored with everything.   This is a must have classic that every child should and every grown up should re-read.....it may be 50 years old but is still young at heart!

Monday, October 10, 2011

M.O.M (Mom Operating Manual) by Doreen Cronin illus by Laura Cornell

M.O.M (Mom Operating Manual) by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Laura Cornell was a thrill to discover.  I love Laura Cornell's illustrations and recognized the her art work as soon as I saw the cover. I am also a big fan of Doreen Cronin who has a great writing style.   This is a fun book to read.   This is the kind of book I would have loved to read at story time because I know the parents would get a kick out of it.   I like how it has been published now and not just in time for Mother's Day.   Although it would make a perfect new mother gift.   Some might say the language is a bit too adult for kids to understand but since I don't believe in talking down to children I think it is worded perfectly.  

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Reference Sunday: First Pitch: How Baseball Began by John Thorn

I haven't posted in awhile....but that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking of books that might interesting  to read.   I found this really great title about Football  but it has been postponed and I don't like to write about books that are not available yet.   Luckily from the same publisher I saw that they have a new book on the history of baseball.   Which turns out to be ideal because  MLB playoffs started this weekend------Go Yankees!  

First Pitch: How Baseball Began by John Thorn and published by Beach Ball Books is a wonderful history  of Baseball for kids.   I even learned some things.  I love how it is written by the official historian for MLB----he does a wonderful job of explaining how baseball came to be the game we love today.   I also love his use of vintage photographs ----  fun to look at.   This is perfect for the baseball fan in your life.  

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New Books About Autumn

As promised from yesterday here are a few new titles that were just published about Autumn....I am sure there will be more next year:

A is for Autumn by Robert Maass is exactly what the title proclaims.  I know I recommended an older title of his yesterday but I also like this book. He does take very vivid photographs and I think this would make a great companion piece.  Click the link to see a really cute video of the book.  Ages 3-6

Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Chad Cameron is a clever picture book with great illustrations that has a "find the mistake" aspect to it.   A great classroom book. Ages 4-8

I See Fall by Charles Ghigna and illustrated by AG Jatkowska is a sweet little book that is part of a series of books about the season.  Ages 3-6

The Leaves on the Trees by Thom Wiley and illustrated by Andrew Day is a clever picture book that can be sung to the tune of " The Wheels on the Bus"....another great classroom title but would also be a great book for story time.  Ages 3-6

These are just a couple that I thought would make great new additions to either a classroom library or an at home library....Happy Fall!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Flashback Tuesday: Books about Autumn

There is a definite chill in the air and since Autumn starts this week I thought I would suggest some of my favorite books Fall books.   For some reason Fall or Autumn  titles always sold better in than other season.   Winter books seem to do well but mostly if it has a holiday theme.   Like I said today's books represent books I would put out on display....I always liked to mix fun books with informative book....basically something for everyone. 


I Love Fall by Alison Inches and illustrated by Hiroe Nakata great little touch and feel board book for the littlest hands.  

Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk and illustrated by Sherry Neidigh this is a sweet book for ages 4-8. 

Ready for Autumn by Martha Jocelyn is another board book that shows children what to wear in the crisp air....for ages 2-5.

Why Do Leaves Change Color by Betsey Maestro is a classic read and find out book that tells children in a fun way how the leaves on the trees change color.   It includes great activities to do this time of year with leaves etc.  Ages 4-8

Red Leaf Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert is a perennial favorite that should be on every child's bookshelf.  Click on it to read my original post from last year.   

Clifford's First Autumn by Norman Bridwell  is a no brainer for a story time about Autumn....children love Clifford.  It is a fun and easy read.  Ages 2-6  

When Autumn Comes by Robert Maass uses wonderful photos to simply tell the story of Fall.  Ages 4-7

The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z by Kate Messner is for the older child ages 9-12.   I wrote about it when it first came out and still feel it is the perfect read for this time of year.   

These are just a few classic titles and newer/older titles to read this fall....tomorrow some brand new Autumn books to try....

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pickles, Please!: A Dilly of a Book by Andy Myer

I love Farmer's Markets....especially since I work at one selling my sister-in-law's Veggie Burgers.   One of the things I learned is that everyone loves "pickles".....I never knew that.   Of course the pickle stands sell more than pickles like olives and peppers etc.  What I love the most to watch is how all the kids love to go and get a pickle on a stick.....they are so cute walking around the market eating their pickles.  Some kids are so funny because they will have a pickle on a stick in one hand and an Italian ice in the other....I can't imagine what that combination tastes like.   This is why I immediately fell in love with today's recommendation.

Pickles, Please! A Dilly of a Book by Andy Myer is a great  book about a little boy who loves pickles.   He can't get enough of them. He loves them so much he steals away on a pickle truck to go to the pickle factory.   I love the way it the book reads and the fun cartoony illustrations.   This is one of those books I would have loved to read at story time.....oh the activities we could have done....and the pickles I would have brought in to eat!   This is perfect for the pickle lover in your life!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Flashback Tuesday: The Moon Lady by Amy Tan illus by Gretchen Schields

Yesterday was the start of the Moon Festival....a yearly harvest festival celebrated by the Chinese and Vietnamese people.   I always liked this festival because I have always wanted to taste a Moon Cake.  

The Moon Lady (Aladdin Picture Books)
The Moon Lady by Amy Tan and illustrated by Gretchen Schields is a wonderful book to read during this time of the year.   I have always been a fan of Amy Tan's book The Joy Luck Club and remembered this story from that book.    It was only natural for her to tell that same story in a children's version.   Besides being a great introduction to Chinese culture for children it is also just a great picture book to read with your children. It really shows children that they need to look within themselves to make wishes come true.   I love the illustrations too....they remind me of intricate tapestries I have only seen in museums.  

Friday, September 9, 2011

Remembering 9/11

I can't believe it has been 10 years since the 9/11 attacks.   It seems very surreal.   I was working in NYC at the time and saw the towers fall....it was an eerie day one filled with apprehension and despair.   So many news outlets are showing footage of that day....I still have hard time looking at the images.

A friend asked me to recommend some books for her students.   There are so many to choose from.   Here are just a few to help explain this horrible day in American History....

New Titles:

America Under Attack: September 11, 2011: The Day the Towers Fell by Don Brown Ages 6 & Up...suggestion courtesy of my friend Joe S.

September 11 Then & Now by Peter Benoit Ages 7 & Up.

September 11, 2011: Attack On New York City by Wilborn Hampton Revised edition Ages 10& Up.

Older titles:

More To That Day, 9/11 by Cindy L. Rodriguez and illustrated by Joyce L. Elliot Ages 8 & Up.

The Little Chapel that Stood by A.B. Curtiss ages 4 & Up.  This historic chapel built in 1766 became a refuge during and after the attacks.  

Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman Ages 6 & Up.


My sister Ann E. Burg wrote two New York books.....I am mentioning them because they both have moving tributes to the World Trade Centers and the 9/11 attacks.

E is for Empire by Ann Burg and illustrated by Maureen Brookfield ages 6 & Up ----W is for World Trade Center...

The New York Reader by Ann E. Burg and illustrated by Maureen Brookfield ages 6 & Up.