Saturday, May 12, 2012

100 Books before Kindergarten

This summer, in anticipation of Audrey going to kindergarten in the fall, we are taking a 100 picture book challenge:

"Experts say that children need to hear at least 1,000 stories before they begin to learn to read.
GVPL’s Children and Family Literacy Librarians have selected a list of 100 exceptional picture books
which will entertain, educate and inspire young children again and again. Make time to snuggle up
and share these books with the children in your life."

We already own, and have read multiple times, several of the books listed. Just to make my summer more manageable, I will be checking those off automatically and will move on with the books we have not read.

UPDATE 7/19/2012: I put in links to the reviews I wrote on the books we read this summer. I'll add more as we finish the list! Just click on the number next to the book and it will take you to the appropriate blog! See, I'm so clever. ;)

1. Abuela by Arthur Dorros
2. Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
3. Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
4. Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
5. The Best Pet of All by David Larochelle
6. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  by Bill Martin Jr.
7. Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
8. Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina
9. Caramba by Marie-Louise Gay
10. The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
11. Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson
12. Chester by Mélanie Watt
13. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
14. Chicken Little by Ed Emberley
15. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
16. The Complete Adventures of the Mole Sisters by Roslyn Schwartz
17. Corduroy by Don Freeman
18. Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
19. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
20. Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
21. Eddie’s Garden: And How to Make Things Grow by Sarah Garland
22. Elmer by David McKee
23. The End by David LaRochelle
24. Epossumondas by Coleen Salley
25. Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor
26. Fire Truck by Peter Sís
27. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
28. Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
29. George and Martha by James Marshall
30. Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
31. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
32. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
33. The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson
34. Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
35. Guji Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen
36. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
37. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
38. The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster
39. The Hoppameleon by Paul Geraghty
40. How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
41. I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
42. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
43. If You’re Hoppy by April Pulley Sayre
44. I’m Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen
45. The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen
46. In My Backyard by Margriet Ruurs
47. It’s a Secret! by John Burningham
48. The King’s Taster by Kenneth Oppel
49. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
50. Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
51. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
52. Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis; David Soman
53. Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
54. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
55. Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
56. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
57. Madlenka by Peter Sís
58. The Mightiest by Keiko Kasza
59. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
60. Moose Tracks! by Karma Wilson
61. Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham
62. Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming
63. My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
64. My Garden by Kevin Henkes
65. No Sleep for the Sheep! by Karen Beaumont
66. No, David! by David Shannon
67. Olivia by Ian Falconer
68. One Some Many by Marthe Jocelyn
69. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
70. Pancakes for Supper! by Anne Isaacs
71. Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
72. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
73. The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend
74. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
75. Princess Pigsty by Cornelia Funke
76. Rain by Manya Stojic
77. Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
78. Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie Watt
79. Silly Suzy Goose by Petr Horácek
80. Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
81. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
82. Some Dogs Do by Jez Alborough
83. Stanley’s Party by Linda Bailey
84. Stella, Star of the Sea by Marie-Louise Gay
85. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
86. Strega Nona: Her Story by Tomie dePaola
87. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
88. Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
89. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
90. The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
91. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
92. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams
93. Tuesday by David Wiesner
94. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
95. A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker
96. Wheels on the Bus: A Book with Parts That Move by Paul O. Zelinsky
97. Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
98. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
99. Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
100. Yoko by Rosemary Wells

We only own 12 of these books, which I found slightly disappointing. We DO own other books not on this list that are by some of these same authors. I figure it probably counts toward the 100, but we will stick to the list anyway. The real trick will be whether or not our local library has all these books. We have about 14 weeks until school starts in the fall, which comes out to 6 or 7 books a week. We anticipate a move sometime in the next month or so, which may put us a little behind. Imagine accidentally packing up library books! What a frightening prospect!

Who would like to take this challenge with me? I think it will be a blast! ;)


Anonymous said...

*shudders at the thought of overdue library books*

Yeah, and can I tell you how stupid the local library IS? They don't categorize their books properly, and ninety percent of the time the books you want are already checked out, and when they say something is available it's only because it was put in the wrong place. *grumble grumble*

Rebecca said...

I maybe knew about a quarter of those books... Fortunately, my kids are now in high school and I don't need to know those books.

Now, I have to make sure my children aren't reading trash!!!!


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