Children Story Books
Enjoyed by Kids and Adults around the World!
Children story books are written for kids between the ages of birth to 12 years. But, when it comes to enjoying them, age has no boundary. I am an adult and my favorite types of books are children's story books. They are so much fun and I also love reading them with my kids.
My kids and I utilize our local public Queens library a lot. And, each library visit results in a mountain of children story books at home. :)
This is great because I get to find out which books my kids are enjoying the most before going to the bookstore. I do love going to our neighborhood's Barnes & Noble bookstore.
This practice of checking out books at the library and then going to the bookstore to buy our favorite, curbs many fights at home over children story books... not to mention all the money I save. :) Once I buy my kids their favorite books, they get excited to own them and take good care of them.
Short History of Children Story Books
Children story books are written for pleasure reading. And, the first story books were written in the 18th Century. According to Wikipedia, the book to mark the beginning of children story books was published in England in 1744 by John Newbery... the title for which was A little Pretty Pocket-Book. It did not make it to America until 1762 … the Colonial times. The Newbery Medal is named after this Author.
Before the 18th Century children's books were written to teach them... for instruction.
Many classic children's books that we read today are from the 19th Century. Books like...
Snow White, Repunzel, Hansel and Gretel, The Little Mermaid, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Heidi, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
More About Children's Story Books
Children are into play and pretense... And, they are great listeners. That is why story books are a big hit among them. Children are taught through stories around the world. No matter how big or complex the topic, children books easily explain it... thanks to all the children authors and illustrators.
My collection of children story books began before my kids were born. I have always loved being around children. In college I studied psychology and all my electives were child psychology courses. Also, the jobs that I have held working with children have been the most rewarding.
My kids own many children story books. But, One classic that is our all time favorite is The Story About Ping by Majorie Flack and Kurt Wiese.
It is dramatic with wonderful, expressive illustrations.
The themes covered in this book are family ties and love, fear, separation, bravery, optimism, hope, and reunion.
Here is my summary of The Story About Ping along with pictures from the book...
This story begins with a beautiful young duck named Ping who lives with his many family on a boat with two wise eyes on the Yangtze river. His many family members include his mother, father, two sisters, three brothers, eleven aunts, seven uncles and forty-two cousins!
Each morning Ping and his many family were taken to the shore by their master to hunt and eat snails, little fishes and many other pleasant things. All day they would eat and as the sun went down their master would call, La-la-la-la-lie! That is how Ping and his many family knew it was time to go home.
Ping always made sure he was not the last to get on the boat because the last duck always got a spank on the back by their master.
But,one day Ping did not hear the call and by the time he realized it was time to go, his many family was already marching up over the bridge to get onto the boat.
He knew he would be the last duck and decided to stay behind and not get spanked.
That night Ping slept all alone near the bank of the Yangtze river. As the sun rose the next morning, Ping felt very sad because he was homesick.
He anxiously waited for the wise eyed boat as the boats began to come in.
The day went along, many different kinds of boats were coming to the shore.
But, the boat which was Ping's home was nowhere to be seen.
During the rest of the day, before uniting with his many family, Ping goes through two unique experiences.
First, he observes a boat full of strange dark fishing birds. He watches them for a while. But, as these birds begin dashing here and there all about Ping, he ducks and swims away from them under the yellow water of the Yangtze river.
Next, when Ping comes up to the top of the water far away from the fishing birds, he gets caught by a little boy who lived on a house boat.
The boy's family wanted to cook Ping for dinner!
But, as the evening neared the little boy quickly and quietly dropped Ping back
into the yellow water of the Yangtze river.
Just then Ping hears the call, La-la-la-la-lei! Ping looks and there near the bank of the river was the wise-eyed boat.
As fast as he could swim, Ping rushes towards the shore.
He could see his many family and swims even faster. But, Ping was late again and knew he would be the last duck.
He didn't care and went along and SPANK came the spank on Ping's back!
At last Ping was back with his mother, father, two sisters, three brothers, eleven aunts, seven uncles and forty-two cousins!
Short List of Children Story Books
from our Home Library
- Humpty Dumpty... by Daniel Kirk
- The Giving Tree... by Shel Silverstein
- Oh, the Places You'll Go... by Dr. Seuss
- Boat Ride with Lillian Two Blossom... by Patricia Polacco
- Two Sticks... by Orel Protopopescu
- Are You My Mother... by P. D. Eastman
- Have You Seen My Duckling and Goodnight, My Duckling... by Nancy Tafuri
- Kick, Pass, And Run... by Leonard Kessler
- Henny Penny... by Vivian French and illustrated by Sophie Windham
- The Tale Of Peter Rabbit... by Beatrix Potter
- Little Bear... by Else Holmelund Minarik
- Hey, Al... by Arthur Yorinks and Richard Egielski
- Caps For Sale... by Esphyr Slobodkina
- Pete Seeger's Storysong Abiyoyo... illustrated by Michael Hays
- We're Going on a Bear Hunt... by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
- What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs?... by Carol Carrick, pictures by Donald Carrick
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