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Favorite Bible stories . . .

• The Christmas story – Luke 2: 1-20

• Jesus welcomes the little children – Matthew 19: 13-15

• Jesus teaches us to love God and each other – Matthew 22: 37-40

• Jesus calms the storm – Mark 4: 35-41

• Jesus teaches the disciples to pray – Matthew 6: 9-14

• The sermon on the mount – Matthew 5: 1-12

Favorite Bible verses . . .

• ”Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God . . . “ – 1 John 4: 7- 21

• “God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” – 1 John 4: 16

• “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal

    life.” – John 3: 16

• “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.
     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
     he leads me beside quiet waters,
     he restores my soul. . ." – Psalm 23

• "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second

    is this:  'Love your neighbor as yourself.'  There is no commandment greater than these." – Mark 12: 30-31


Favorite picture books. . .

• Akin, Sara, Three Scoops and a Fig.  Peachtree Publishing Company:  Atlanta, Georgia, 2010.


• Becker, Bonnie.  A Visitor for Bear.  Candlewick Press:  Cambridge, 2008.


• Buehner, Carolyn.  Snowmen At Night.  Dial:  New York, 2002.  
• Cowley, Joy.  Where Horses Run Free.  Boyds Mills Press:  Pennsylvania, 2003. 

• Detlefsen, Lisl H.  If You Had a Jetpack.  Knopf Books for Young Readers:  New York, 2018.

• Fleming, Candace.  Boxes for Katje.  Farrar, Strauss and Giroux:  New York, 2003.  

• Godin, Thelma.  How to Dress a Dragon.  Scholastic Press:  New York, 2016.


• Hall, Donald.  The Ox-Cart Man.  Viking:  New York, 1979.

• Heine, Helme.  Friends.  Aladdin:  New York, 1997.

• Heling, Kathryn and Deborah Hembrook.  There's Only One You.  Sterling Children's Books:  New York, 2019.

• Henkes, Kevin.  Chester's Way.  Greenwillow:  New York, 1988.

• Henkes, Kevin.  Sheila Rae the Brave.  Greenwillow:  New York, 1987.


• Hoban, Russell.  Best Friends for Frances.  HarperCollins:  New York, 1969.  

• James, Simon.  Dear Mr. Blueberry.  M. K. McElderry Books:  New York, 1991.

• Johnson, Crockett.  Harold and the Purple Crayon.  Harpercollins:  New York, 1955.

• Kasza, Keiko.  The Wolf's Chicken Stew.  Putnam:  New York, 1988.  

• Keats, Ezra Jack.  The Snowy Day.  The Viking Press:  New York, 1962. 

• Kent, Jack.  There's No Such Thing as a Dragon.  Random House:  New York, 1975.  

• Leaf, Munro.  The Story of Ferdinand.  Viking Press:  New York, 1936.

• Lionni, Leo.  An Extraordinary Egg.  Alfred A. Knopf:  New York, 1948.

• Lionni, Leo.  Frederick.  Alfred A. Knopf:  New York, 1967.

• Macken, JoAnn Early.  Waiting Out the Storm.  Candlewick Press:  Massachusetts, 2010.

• Martin, Jacqueline Briggs.  Snowflake Bentley.  Houghton Mifflin:  Massachusetts, 1998.  

• McClintock, Barbara.  Dahlia.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux:  New York, 2002.


• Morris, Richard T.  Bear Came Along.  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers:  New York, 2019.  

• Numeroff, Laura.  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.  HarperCollins:  New York, 1985.


• Paul, Miranda.  Water is Water:  A Book About the Water Cycle.  Roaring Brook Press:  New York, 2015.  

• Polacco, Patricia.  Emma Kate.  Philomel:  New York, 2005.

• Polacco, Patricia.  Rechenka’s Eggs.  Philomel:  New York, 1998.

• Polacco, Patricia.  Thundercake.  Philomel:  New York, 1990


• Pomerantz, Charlotte.  The Mousery.  Gulliver Books, Harcourt Inc.:  New York 2000.
• Rawlinson, Julia.  Fletcher and the Falling Leaves. Greenwillow Books:  New York, 2006.


• Rubin, Adam.  Dragons Love Tacos. Dial Book for Young Readers:  New York, 2012.


• Rylant, Cynthia.  All In a Day.  Abrams Books for Young Readers:  New York, 2009.  

• Rylant, Cynthia.  Silver Packages.  Orchard Books:  New York, 1997. 

• Scanlon, Liz Garton.  All the World.  Beach Lane Books:  California, 2009.  

• Schertle, Alice.  Little Blue Truck.  Harcourt, Inc.:  New York, 2008.

• Seuss, Dr. How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Random House:  New York, 1957.

• Seuss, Dr. Oh the Places You'll Go.  Random House:  New York, 1990.  


• Stead, Philip C.  A Sick Day for Amos McGee.  Roaring Brook Press:  New York, 2010.  


• Steig, William.  Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.  Windmill Books:  New York, 1969.


• Stevens, Janet.  Tops and Bottoms.  Harcourt Brace and Company:  New York, 1995.

• Stewart, Sarah.  The Gardener.  Farrar, Straus, Giroux:  New York, 1997.

• Swenson, Jamie A.  A Fall Ball for All.  Millbrook Press:  New York, 2018.  

• Vander Heyden, Linda.  A Horse Named Jack.  Sleeping Bear Press:  Michigan, 2018.

• Wells, Rosemary.  Noisy Nora.  Viking Books for Young Readers:  New York, 1999.

• Wells, Rosemary, Shy Charles.  Puffin Books:  New York, 2001.  

• Wenzel, Brendan.  A Stone Sat Still.  Chronicle Books:  New York, 2019.

Favorite board books. . .

• Carolstrom, Nancy White.  Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?  Little Simon: New York, 1986. 

• Degen, Bruce.  Jamberry.  Harperfestival:  New York, 1995.

• Guarino, Deborah.  Is Your Mama a Llama?  Scholastic Press:  New York, 1989.

• Rathmann, Peggy.  Good Night, Gorilla.  G. P. Putnam’s Sons:  New York, 1994.

Favorite beginning readers. . .

• Chaconas, Dori.  Cork and Fuzz:  Best Friends.  Penguin Young Readers:  New York, 2010.  

   *There are 10 books in the Cork and Fuzz series, and they are all wonderful.


• Cowley, Joy.  Mrs. Wishy-Washy.  The Wright Group: 1980.


• Kraegel, Kenneth.  Wild Honey from the Moon.  Candlewick Press :  Massachusetts, 2019.

• Lobel, Arnold.  Days with Frog and Toad.  Harpercollins:  New York, 1979.

• Lobel, Arnold.  Frog and Toad All Year.  Harpercollins:  New York, 1976. 

• Lobel, Arnold.  Frog and Toad Together.  Harpercollins:  New York, 1971., 


• Mabry, Sheri.  The Kid and the Chameleon.  Albert Whitman and Company:  Chicago, 2019.  


• Minarik, Else Homelund.  Little Bear.  HarperCollins:  New York, 1957.

• Shaw, Nancy.  Sheep Out to Eat.  Houghton Mifflin Co.: Boston, 1992.

• Thomas, Shelley Moore.  Good Night, Good Knight.  Dutton Books:  New York, 2000.

Favorite poetry books. . .

• Bodecker, N.M. Snowman Sniffles and Other Verse.  Margaret K. McElderry Books:  New York, 1983.


• Elliott, David.  On the Farm.  Candlewick Press:  Cambridge, 2008.

• Hoberman, Mary Ann.  You Read to Me, I'll Read to You.  Little, Brown Books for Children:  New York, 2004.

• Klein, Patricia S.  Random House Treasury of Best-Loved Children's Poems.  Random House:  New York, 2006.

• MacLauchlan, Patricia and Emily Maclauchlan Charest.  Once I ate a Pie.  Joanna Cotler Books:  New York, 2006. 

• Moses, Will.  Mother Goose.  Philomel:  New York, 2003.  


• Opie, Iona.  My Very First Mother Goose.  Candlewick Press:  Massachusetts, 1996. 

• Prelutsky, Jack.  The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders.  Greenwillow Books:  New York, 2002.


• Prelutsky, Jack.  It's Raining Pigs and Noodles.  Greenwillow Books:  New York, 1997.  

• Prelutsky, Jack.  My Dog May Be a Genius.  Greenwillow Books:  New York, 2008.

• Ruddell, Deborah.  Today at the Bluebird Café.  Margaret K. McElderry Books:  New York, 2007.

• Ruddell, Deborah.  A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk.  Margaret K. McElderry Books:  New York, 2009.

• Silverstein, Shel.  Where the Sidewalk Ends.  Harper and Row:  New York, 1974.


Favorite children's novels. . .

• Alcott, Louisa May.  Little Women.  Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.:  New York, 1947.


• Avi.  Poppy.  Harper Trophy:  New York, 1995.

• Bond, Michael.  A Bear Called Paddington.  Houghton Mifflin Company:  New York, 1958.

• Byars, Betsy.  The Midnight Fox.  Puffin Books:  New York, 1968.

• Burnett, Frances Hodgson.  A Little Princess.  Charles Scribner's Sons: New York, 1905.

• Cresswell, Helen.  The Piemakers.  Faber and Faber:  United Kingdom, 1967.  

• Dahl, Roald.  The BFG.  Puffin Books:  New York, 1982.

• Dahl, Roald.  Danny Champion of the World. Puffin Books:  New York, 1975.

• Dahl, Roald.  James and the Giant Peach. Alfred A. Knopf:  New York, 1961.

• DeJong, Meindert.  The Wheel on the School.  Harper Collins:  New York, 1954.

• DiCamillo, Kate.  The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.   Candlewick Press:  Massachusetts, 2006.

• DiCamillo, Kate.  The Tale of Despereaux.  Candlewick Press:  Massachusetts, 2003.

• Eager, Edward.  Half Magic.  Harcourt:  New York, 1954.

• Enright, Elizabeth.  The Saturdays.  Henry Holt and Company:  New York, 1941.  

• Erdrich, Louise.  The Birchbark House.  Disney Hyperion:  New York, 1999.

• Estes, Eleanor.  The Hundred Dresses.  Harcourt Inc.:  New York, 1944.  

• Gannett, Ruth Stiles.  My Father's Dragon.  Randon House Children's Books:  New York, 1948.  

• Gardiner, John Reynolds.  Stone Fox.  HarperCollins:  New York, 1980.


• Grahame, Kenneth.  The Wind in the Willows.  Methuen:  United Kingdom, 1908.


• Jenkins, Emily.  Toys Go Out.  Schwartz and Wade Books:  New York, 2006. 


• Juster, Norton.  The Phantom Tollbooth.  Alfred A. Knopf:  New York, 1961.   

• Lawson, Robert.  Rabbit Hill.  The Viking Press, Inc.:  New York, 1944.

• Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  Geoffrey Bles:  United Kingdom, 1950.

   *This is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia series.  These books have been my all-time favorite.  They are profound.

• Lin, Grace.  Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers:  New York, 2009.


• Lovelace, Maud Hart. The Betsy-Tacy Treasury.  Harper Perennial Modern Classics:  New York, 2011.

• Milne, A. A. Winnie-the-Pooh.  Dutton edition: New York, 2006.

• Montgomery, Lucy Maud.  Anne of Green Gables.  Random House edition: New York, 1998.

• Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.  Shiloh.  First Aladdin Paperbacks edition:  New York, 2000.


• Norton, Mary.  The Borrowers.  Harcourt Books:  New York, 1952.

• Peck, Richard.  A Long Way from Chicago.  Dial Books for Young Readers:  New York, 1999.

• Robinson, Barbara.  The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  Harpercollins Children’s Books: New York, 1988.

• Rawls, Wilson.  Where the Red Fern Grows.  Doubleday edition: New York, 1961.


• Sachar, Louis.  Wayside School is Falling Down.  Harper Trophy:  New York, 1989.  

• Spyri, Johanna.  Heidi.  Switzerland: 1881.

• Taylor, Theodore.  The Cay.  Delacourte Press:  New York, 1969.

• Warner, Gertrude Chandler.  The Boxcar Children.  Albert Whitman and Company:  Chicago, 1042.


• White, E. B.  Charlotte's Web.  Harper:  New York, 1952.  

• Woodruff, Elvira.  The Christmas Doll.   Scholastic Inc:  New York, 2000.

*I also love to read cookbooks of any kind!


Favorite books about writing. . .

• Asher, Sandy.  Where Do You Get Your Ideas?  Favorite authors reveal their writing secrets.  Walker and Company:  New York,       1987.

• Harrison, Barbara and Gregory Maguire.  Origins of Story.  Margaret K. McElderry Books:  New York, 1999.

• Paterson, Katherine.  Gates of Excellence:  On Reading and Writing Books for Children. Dutton Children’s Books:  New York,     1981. 

• Pope, Alice, editor.  Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market.  Writer’s Digest Books: Cincinnati, Ohio. 
  *There is an edition printed every year, and I highly recommend looking at the most current edition.

• Suen, Anastasia.  Picture Writing:  A New Approach to Writing for Kids and Teens. Writer’s Digest Books:  Cincinnati, Ohio,     2003. 

• Yolen, Jane.  Take Joy.  Writer’s Digest Books:  Cincinnati, Ohio, 2006.

Favorite author quotations. . .

• “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning." - Mark Twain

• “Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.” 
- E. B. White

• “All I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.”
- E. B. White

• “Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.”
-Louisa May Alcott

• “It is the sweet, simple things of life that are the real ones after all.” 
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

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