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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"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
"There's something about it that grabbed my attention. This
house is being devoured by the city but is towed back to the
Dan Haley, Publisher
"our fave book right now 'The Three Questions'" -
"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!'" -
"In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak was probably the
heaviest in our rotation when my son was small" -
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"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
"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
Nicole Kane Knepper
"Cloudy with a chance of meatballs. Excellent
"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
"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."
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"The mouse family is trying to find a place to live. It's super
Adrienne Smith, Area Sales Manager
"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
Graham Johnston, Manager of Internet and
"The Giving Tree and Corduroy! Oh and I LOVE reading The Seven
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"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
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