Books To Grow On,
Compiled by the librarian members of the American Library Association-Children's Book Council Joint Committee, April 2003
The Caldecott Medal Winners
2013: This Is Not My Hat
written and illustrated by Jon Klassen
2012: A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
2011: A Sick Day for Amos McGee
by Philip C. Stead
2010: The Lion & the Mouse,
by Jerry Pickney
2009: The House in the Night
, by Susan Marie Swanson
2008: The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick
by David Wiesner
: The Hello, Goodbye Window
by Norton Juster
2005: Kitten's First Full Moon
by Kevin Henkes
2004: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
by Mordicai Gerstein
: My Friend Rabbit
by Eric Rohmann
2002: The Three Pigs,
by David Wiesner
2001: So You Want to Be President?,
by Judith St. George
2000: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
Snowflake Bentley, Illustrated by Mary Azarian, text by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
by Paul O. Zelinsky
by David Wisniewski
: Officer Buckle and Gloria
by Peggy Rathmann
: Smoky Night
, illustrated by David Dia
: Grandfather's Journey
by Allen Say
1993: Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully
1992: Tuesday by David Wiesner
1991: Black and White by David Macaulay
1990: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young
1989: Song and Dance Man, illustrated by Stephen Gammell
1988: Owl Moon, illustrated by John Schoenherr
1987: Hey, Al, illustrated by Richard Egielski
1986: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
1985: Saint George and the Dragon, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
1984: The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice & Martin Provensen
1983: Shadow, translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown Original text in French: Blaise Cendrars
1982: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
1981: Fables by Arnold Lobel
1980: Ox-Cart Man, illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: Donald Hall
1979: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble
1978: Noah's Ark by Peter Spier
1977: Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: Margaret Musgrove
1976: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: retold by Verna Aardema
1975: Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott
1974: Duffy and the Devil, illustrated by Margot Zemach; retold by Harve Zemach
1973: The Funny Little Woman, illustrated by Blair Lent; text: retold by Arlene Mosel
1972: One Fine Day, retold and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian
1971: A Story A Story, retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley
1970: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
1969: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, illustrated by Uri Shulevitz; text: retold by Arthur Ransome
1968: Drummer Hoff, illustrated by Ed Emberley; text: adapted by Barbara Emberley
1967: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness
1966: Always Room for One More, illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian; text: Sorche Nic Leodhas.
1965: May I Bring a Friend? illustrated by Beni Montresor; text: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
1964: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
1963: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
1962: Once a Mouse, retold and illustrated by Marcia Brown
1961: Baboushka and the Three Kings, illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov; text: Ruth Robbins
1960: Nine Days to Christmas, illustrated by Marie Hall Ets; text: Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida
1959: Chanticleer and the Fox, illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text
1958: Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey
1957: A Tree is Nice, illustrated by Marc Simont; text: Janice Udry
1956: Frog Went A-Courtin', illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky
1955: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper, illustrated by Marcia Brown; text
1954: Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans
1953: The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward
1952: Finders Keepers, illustrated by Nicolas, pseud. (Nicholas Mordvinoff
1951: The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous
1950: Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi
1949: The Big Snow
by Berta & Elmer Hader
1948: White Snow, Bright Snow, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
1947: The Little Island, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
1946: The Rooster Crows by Maud & Miska Petersham
1945: Prayer for a Child, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones
1944: Many Moons, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin; text: James Thurber
1943: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
1942: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
1941: They Were Strong and Good, by Robert Lawson
1940: Abraham Lincoln by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
1939: Mei Li by Thomas Handforth
1938: Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book, illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop
Children's Reading Habits
Children who play sports or an instrument know just how important it is to practice. Without practice, skills can erode over time.
The same thing can happen with reading skills, but if parents and children work together, youngsters can maintain and actually improve their reading ability over the summer. Here are 10 specific ideas you can use.
1. Read to your child every day. Be sure to make reading a relaxed and enjoyable family event. Choose books with your child's interests in mind; the librarian can help you choose.
2. Make lists for everything. You and your child can make lists of groceries to buy, items to pack for vacation, books to get at the library, and chores to be done. Refer to the lists often, and ask your child to check off items as they are purchased, packed, or accomplished.
3. Share your reading. When you find an interesting newspaper article, comic strip, or selection from a book, read it aloud to your child to share both the information and the enjoyment of reading.
4. Keep a word bank. On strips of paper or note cards, write words your child has trouble reading or words of special interest. Then find enjoyable ways to practice these words. As you play board games, each player could draw a card from the word bank pile and pronounce the word or create a sentence using the word. Add at least one new word each week, and use the word often.
5. Get excited about children's magazines and read them together. Read the articles, work the puzzles, and play the games together. You can find many children's magazines at the public library. Also remember--subscriptions make great gifts.
6. Tape record your child's reading. First tape a "cold" reading. Then have the child practice the passage and read it again. He or she will be delighted to hear the improvement.
7. Use television to expand vocabulary and experiences.
Make your child's television viewing a positive experience. Watch together, discuss the events, settings, and characters in the program, and predict what will happen next.
8. Write stories or letters that your child dictates to you.
Sit together so your child can see you write, and help him or her read the work. You can help older youngsters write on their own.
9. Encourage reading for pleasure. Getting children hooked on a particular author, series, or subject area is one good way to get them excited about books. Summer reading programs at the local library can also make reading fun. Be sure to praise your child for reading, and be a role model by reading yourself.
10. Encourage reading for meaning. Invite your child to ask questions if he or she doesn't understand something. Children comprehend more when they think about what they read, and they learn to reread things that don't make sense. Also encourage the child to predict what will happen next. Reflecting and predicting keep the reader focused and aid comprehension.
Becoming a good reader requires practice, and most children will want to practice only if the task is enjoyable. The ideas listed here can help you work with your child to improve his or her reading ability while building positive attitudes toward reading.
By Susan Ramp Ridout. From Reading Today, the newspaper of the International Reading Association.