Even if it’s shelved in the Easy Picture Book collection, the book How Many Baby Pandas? by Sandra Markle, has many of the trademarks of a nonfiction book. It’s chock-full of facts (when born, it’s the size of a hot dog and blind to boot), includes a map, glossary, index, and list of other sources. But most importantly, it is full of adorable panda pictures! I dare you to read it and not say, “Awwwww!”
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Atwater, Richard and Florence. Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline.
Brown, Marcia. Stone Soup.
Brown, Margaret Wise. Goodnight Moon.
Brunhoff, Jean de. The Story of Babar.
Burton, Virginia Lee. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.
Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Cleary, Beverly. The Mouse and the Motorcycle.
Collodi, Carlo. Adventures of Pinocchio.
Daugherty, James. Andy and the Lion.
dePaola, Tomie. Strega Nona.
Duvoisin, Roger. Petunia.
Flack, Marjorie. The Angus series.
Freeman, Don. Corduroy.
Fritz, Jean. The Cabin Faced West.
Gag, Wanda. Millions of Cats.
Galdone, Paul. The Three Little Pigs.
Grahame, Kenneth. The Reluctant Dragon.
Hoban, Russell. Bedtime for Frances.
Johnson, Crockett. Harold and the Purple Crayon.
Keats, Ezra Jack. The Snowy Day
Kraus, Robert. Leo the Late Bloomer.
Krauss, Ruth. The Carrot Seed.
Leaf, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand.
Lear, Edward. A Book of Nonsense.
Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Are Friends.
Lopshire, Robert. Put Me in the Zoo.
Marshall, James. George and Martha.
McDermott, Gerald. Anansi the Spider.
Merrill, Jean. The Pushcart War.
Minarik, Else Holmelund. Little Bear.
Parish, Peggy. Amelia Bedelia.
Piper, Watty. The Little Engine That Could.
Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Rey, H.A. Curious George.
Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square.
Seuss, Dr. The Cat in the Hat.
Steig, William. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.
Stevenson, Robert Louis. A Child’s Garden of Verses.
Thurber, James. Many Moons.
Udry, Janice May. A Tree is Nice.
Van Allsburg, Chris. The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.
Viorst, Judith. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Ward, Lynd. The Biggest Bear.
Yashima, Taro. Crow Boy.
Zolotow, Charlotte. William’s Doll.
I wonder if it would be apropos to suggest we make up a little bookmark with the Big 6 method to give to student patrons when they come looking for guidance? Is the whole thing copyrighted and you can’t call it those things if you don’t pay the licensing fee?
When I came back to YS after helping them to circulation, there were several more children and families in the department. And I got a tear in my eye! It was just so touching to see families (especially dads) encouraging their children in the library. (I’d seen two dads already that morning – where were all the moms today? Sort of weird.) So to answer the question in the title, this is why I do it. I always thought it was in a school library where you can really teach kids, where you can impact children. The public library, after all, requires patrons to come to it. But here, I can help families, sometimes families who are new to America. That’s what I did today. It was a great feeling.