Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Classic Picture Books

In all the years I worked with preschoolers every single child (except for one little girl who was afraid of the wild things) loved Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. I'd often read that book to my classes several times in a single day because the kids would beg to hear it again and again.
While they weren't quite as popular as that book, Here are some others the children always enjoyed:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle,
Noisy Nora, and Morris's Disappearing Bag by Rosemary Wells,
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats,
and Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina.
Books about the Berenstain Bears or written by Dr. Seuss were also always popular.
What do you think these books had in common that made them become classics, loved by generations of children?


Virginia S Grenier said...

I think kids loved the fact the books were fun and didn't have to have an in your face lesson. Some of the books did have a lesson like the Berenstain Bears books, but the others are just fun. I think too many authors focus on having a lesson in their book for kids. What happened to just escaping into another world like the little boy in Where the Wild Things Are?

Janet Ann Collins said...

Good point, Virginia. Maybe even little kids need to escape into imaginary worlds.

Anonymous said...

Very Hungry Caterpillar is a timeless classic. Not sure why I like it so much. But if I remember correctly the pictures were cut pieces of transparent colored paper (forgot what its called), some of them overlapping. When I was a kid Iloved making this kind of art.

Stephen Tremp

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thanks, Stephen. It's also educational since it teaches kids to count.

Connie Arnold said...

Sometimes what appeals to kids is not what we as adults would expect. I know when I read to my grandsons, they pick the same few books over and over although they have so many more to choose from. It's just a matter of what they find fun, I guess.

Janet Ann Collins said...

That's true, Connie. I remember my little brother wanting to hear the same bedtime story every night and it was basically just a list of farm animals. Maybe repetition is comforting.