Nourishing the Mind with High-Quality Books

Reading nourishes growing young minds, and children need to have high-quality books in their lives. When taking a child to the library, ask the librarian for suggestions. Tell her your child’s age and interests. Be on the lookout look for award-winning literature, such as recipients of the Caldecott, Newberry, and American Library Association awards. Also, check your local paper’s book review section.

Many libraries and universities compile lists of all-time great books for kids, such as the following one, put together by the New York Public Library (available on the Internet at Similar lists are compiled and available from the Boulder Public Library ( and Great Book Stuff (

100 Great Picture Books

Compiled by the New York Public Library

Abuela by Arthur Dorros. Illustrated by Elisa Kleven. Dutton.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. Illustrated by Ray Cruz. Atheneum.

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett. Illustrated by Ron Barrett. Atheneum.

Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock by Eric A. Kimmel. Illustrated by Janet Stevens. Holiday House.

Andy and the Lion by Juan Daugherty. Viking.

Ben’s Trumpet by Rachel Isadora. Greenwillow.

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. Viking.

The Bossy Gallito: A Traditional Cuban Folk Tale retold by Lucia M. Gonzalez. Illustrated by Lulu Delacre. Scholastic.

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban. Illustrated by Lillian Hoban. HarperCollins.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. Illustrated by Eric Carle. Holt.

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina. HarperCollins.

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. Illustrated by Crockett Johnson. HarperCollins.

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams. Greenwillow.

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