Storybook Workshop celebrates children's books every week throughout the year, however this week (May 1-7) is the official National Children's Book Week. It's the nations longest running national literacy initiative.
We have a few ideas to celebrate:
- Bring your children to the Winchester Public Library
- Join in on a special story time at Bookends
- Spend a quiet afternoon writing a story with your child
- Have fun reading one of our personal favorite books (see below)
- Register now for a fall Storybook Workshop Class, and celebrate literacy all year with us!
Our staff's favorite books:
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Virginia Lee Burton won the Caldecott Medal in 1943 for her memorable picture book The Little House, a poignant story of a cute country cottage that becomes engulfed by the city that grows up around it. The house has an expressive face of windows and doors, and even the feelings of a person, so she's sad when she's surrounded by the dirty, noisy city's hustle and bustle: "She missed the field of daisies / and the apple trees dancing in the moonlight." Fortunately, there's a happy ending, as the house is taken back to the country where she belongs. A classic!
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Clooney
Barbara Cooney's story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went. Miss Rumphius received the American Book Award in the year of publication.
Cordoroy by Don Freeman
Don Freeman's classic character, Corduroy, is even more popular today then he was when he first came on the scene in 1968. This story of a small teddy bear waiting on a department store shelf for a child's friendship has appealed to young readers generation after generation.
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
The Rainbow Fish is an international best-seller and a modern classic. Eye-catching foil stamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting value.
Jaclyn Schelzi Powers
Oh the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss's wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You'll Go! is the perfect send-off for grads-from nursery school, high school, college, and beyond! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life's ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within.