Sunday, September 02, 2007

Books About Books and Reading -- Revisited

In early August, a post at Creative Literacy caught my eye -- Picture Books About Books.

Our list of Books About Books and Reading has been sitting over there in the sidebar along with 100 Cool Teachers in Children's Literature just waiting for some new additions.

So, here's the list! Let's look again. Do any new books come to mind? What kinds of conversations do these books spark in your classroom or library?

Picture Books

How a Book is Made by Aliki
Read Anything Good Lately? by Susan Allen and Jane Lindaman
Souper Chicken by Mary Jane and Herm Auch
The Best Place to Read by Debbie Bertram and Susan Bloom
The Best Time to Read by Debbie Bertram and Susan Bloom
Wolf by Becky Bloom
The Day Eddie Met the Author by Louise Borden
Across a Dark and Wild Sea by Don Brown
Arthur and the Race to Read by Marc Brown
But Excuse Me That is my Book by Lauren Child
Petunia by Robert Duvoisin
Book! by Kristine O'Connell George
Check it Out! The Book About Libraries by Gail Gibbons
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
Jake's 100th Day of School by Lester Laminack
Book by George Ella Lyon
Santa's Book of Names by David McPhail
Edward and the Pirates by David McPhail
Edward in the Jungle by David McPhail
Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora
Amelia Hits the Road by Marissa Moss
Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr
The Girl Who Hated Books by Manjusha Pawagi
Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair by Patricia Polacco
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
Reading Grows by Ellen Senisi
Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
The Hard Times Jar by Ethel Footman Smothers
From Pictures to Words: A Book About Making a Book by Janet Stevens
The Library by Sarah Stewart
Library Lil by Suzanne Williams
The Old Woman Who Loved to Read by John Winch
The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
Baby Bear's Books by Jane Yolen

Chapter Books

Magic by the Book by Nina Berenstein
The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Seven Day Magic by Edward Eager
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Big Green Book by Robert Graves
Fly By Night by Francis Hardinge
The Book of Story Beginnings by Kristin Kladstrup
Looking Back: A Book of Memories by Lois Lowry
Summer Reading is Killing Me by Jon Scieszka
At the Sign of the Star by Katherine Sturtevant
The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley


Good Books, Good Times by Lee Bennett Hopkins
The Bookworm's Feast by J. Patrick Lewis
Please Bury Me in the Library by J. Patrick Lewis


Quotations for Kids by J.A. Senns

Books For Adults That Could Be Used For Exerpts

Life is So Good by George Dawson
Grand Conversations by Ralph Peterson and Maryann Eeds
The Polysyllabic Spree and Housekeeping vs. the Dirt by Nick Hornby
Better Than Life by Daniel Pennac
How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen

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Check this out, too: A Notes from the Windowsill annotated bibliography of book-books by Wendy E. Betts.


  1. Hi Ladies,
    I love this list and use many of these books often. I think the next step, however, is to work on a writing list. William is filling journals like crazy and wants to be writer (today anyway), so we've been checking out lots of books on words and writing. Can we (and by we I mean you two) tackle this one next? I bet we could come up with some great titles.

  2. Mary Lee & Franki,

    Here are two wordless picture books you might consider adding to your list: THE RED BOOK by Barbara Lehman and FREE FALL by David Wiesner.

    Another book about reading: In TAKE CARE, GOOD KNIGHT by Shelley Moore Thomas, a wizard asks three little dragons to care for his cats while he is gone. The wizard leaves written instructions for them. Unfortunatley, the dragons can't read--and that leads to all kinds of humorous situtaions. Fortunately, the Good Knight comes along in time to help out.

  3. Love the new tagline!

    Love this post... just linked to it.

    Any suggestions for a book for me to read on the first day of school with my kiddies? Just found out last year's teachers read FIRST DAY JITTERS and now I cannot. Ack!

  4. Morning Ladies!
    Since I've thrown down the gaunlet and suggested a list on words and writing, I thought I'd leave you the titles of a few of my favorites.
    Nothing Ever Happens On 90th Street - Roni Schotter
    The Important Book - Margaret Wise Brown
    How a Book Is Made (Reading Rainbow Book) – Aliki
    Max’s Words – Kate Banks
    What Do Illustrators Do? - Eileen Christelow
    What Do Authors Do? - Eileen Christelow
    From Picture to Words: A Book About Making a Book - Janet Stevens
    The Boy Who Loved Words - Roni Schotter
    Written Anything Good Lately? – Susan Allen
    Mom and Dad are Palindromes – Mark Shulman
    Punctuation Takes a Vacation – Robin Pulver
    Author Day for Room 3T – Robin Pulver
    Dear Mr. Henshaw – Beverly Cleary
    Harriet the Spy – Louise Fitzhugh

  5. Here's a book for your reading list. William and I read it again last night. What do a first grader and 100 year old man have in common? They're both learning to read!

    Mr. George Baker - Amy Hest

  6. Thanks for the link! Another read aloud my team used this week is Reading Grows by Ellen Senisi.

  7. How could you miss Molly Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little?

  8. *slapping forhead with palm of hand* INDEED! How COULD we have forgotten Moxy?!?!

    Thanks for all the rest of the great suggestions, too, and keep an eye out for the list Tricia has requested -- books about writing and writers!

  9. Mary Lee,

    I'm already pulling my books about writing off the shelves!

  10. Anonymous1:53 PM

    "If You were a Writer," by Joan Lowery Nixon. It's not beautiful literature, but it frames the discussion well...

  11. Anonymous8:42 PM

    What a wonderful list. Everyone should read it!


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