Children's Book Week: Favorite books of our staff and readers


This week, May 13-19 is Children's Book Week. The annual celebration of children's literacy 1919. This year, official events are happening in all 50 states. In Illinois, Magic Tree Bookstore of Oak Park is hosting two YA events on May 17 and 18.

In honor of Children's Book Week, we asked around the office and on Facebook to find out what our staff and readers' favorite books were growing up. Here are some of their answers:

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Ship of Dreams

"The artwork is beyond beautiful. My son and I would spend hours poring over it. This is the perfect bed time book."

Tamara O'Shaughnessy, Editor


The Little House

"There's something about it that grabbed my attention. This house is being devoured by the city but is towed back to the country."

Dan Haley, Publisher


From our Twitter followers

"our fave book right now 'The Three Questions'" - @Pennies_of_Time

"My 2-yr old loves 'Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster' by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt" - @UsborneBooks_CA

"We love Larry Gets Lost in Chicago, and my son references it when we go places 'just like Larry did!'" - @observacious

"In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak was probably the heaviest in our rotation when my son was small" - @ShesAllRight

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Frog and Toad Are Friends

"This is the first book I remember reading on my own."

Elizabeth Diffin, Associate Editor



"I loved Corduroy growing up. My brother and I used to think about what we would do if we stayed in the store over night and what adventures we'd have."

Alaina Buzas, Digital Content Editor


From our Facebook friends

"My favorite? Curious George! Anything with that naughty monkey! Loved him then and love him now. My children both love books, but have such different tastes. The only book that both of them loved equally was 'Ten in the Bed,' by Penny Dale. I miss those days...reading that book and snuggling. Sniff. I'll go cry now."

Nicole Kane Knepper

"Cloudy with a chance of meatballs. Excellent illustrations!"

Robyn Butler

"Oh so many! Blueberries for Sal, My Nest is the Best, Go Dog Go, Wacky Wednesday, Baby Animals. I could go on. Oh and the Sweet Pickles series and Busy Town Series!!"

Shantell Brunson Peters

"Charlotte's Web. I still have my copy from school."

Ronda Parks

"My favorite was the Judith Viorst books, I loved that Alexander kid. My daughter also loves those books too. We have been reading the Cork and Fuzz books we think those are funny."

Jenny Kay

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Mouse's House

"The mouse family is trying to find a place to live. It's super cute."

Adrienne Smith, Area Sales Manager


Katy and the Big Snow

"Katy and the Big Snow has everything a construction-obsessed child could want - bulldozers, dump trucks, excavators, fire engines. It's still my favorite book to read to my mom's kindergarten class."

Graham Johnston, Manager of Internet and Technology


From our bloggers

"The Giving Tree and Corduroy! Oh and I LOVE reading The Seven Silly Eaters."

Meredith Sinclair, Trending

"Green Eggs & Ham. It spoke to me. Still a little bummed that he gave in at the end and ate those nasty things...."

Marianne Walsh, Failing with Gusto


Best Books and Magazines in 2012

The 2012 National Parenting Publications Awards results are in and we've awarded the year's best products for children, providing busy parents with this year's sure-bet holiday gift guide. Parents always want to give their kids hours of listening, reading and playtime fun. These Gold-Award winning books and magazines do just that.

We've organized the books by age, beginning with infant.

By Helen Foster James and Virginia Loh-Hagan

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