The Story of the Treasure Seekers

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The Story of the Treasure Seekers: Being the Adventures of the Bastable Children in Search of a Fortune

by E. Nesbit

Age: 9+

Interests: siblings, adventure, family, England, treasure, money

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This is Not My Hat

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CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 2012

This is Not My Hat

by Jon Klassen

Age: 3 +

Interests: fish, mystery, crime and punishment, ocean

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A Monster Calls

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 2012

CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 2012

A Monster Calls

text by Patrick Ness, from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd

illustrated by Jim Kay

Age: 12+

Interests: illness, death, grieving, monsters, nightmares

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I Want My Hat Back

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I Want My Hat Back

by Jon Klassen

Candlewick Press, 2011

33 pp.

Age: 3+

Interests: animals, mystery, crime and punishment, bears and rabbits

Also by this author: This is Not My Hat

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The Water-Babies

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The Water-Babies

by Charles Kingsley

originally published in 1863

144 pp.

Age: 6+ (read to)

Interests: fairies, magic, animals, nature, religion, bad behaviour

Next: other Victorian fairy stories – The Magic Fishbone (Dickens), The Princess and the Goblin, The Cuckoo Clock, Alice in Wonderland

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Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter

GREENAWAY AWARD WINNER – 2001

Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter

Richard Platt, text

Chris Riddell, illustrations

Candlewick Press: Cambridge, MA, 2001

112 pp.

Age: 9+

Interests: pirates, history, sailing, ships, adventure, ocean

Also by this author and illustrator: Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess

Also by this illustrator: Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver”

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The Baby Who Wouldn’t Go to Bed

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1996

The Baby Who Wouldn’t Go to Bed

(aka The Boy Who Wouldn’t Go to Bed)

by Helen Cooper

London: Doubleday, 1996

30 pp.

Age: 2+

Interests: bedtime stories, night

Also by this author: Pumpkin Soup, The Bear Under the Stairs

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Where the Wild Things Are

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1964

Where the Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendak

Harper Collins, 1963

40 pp.

Age: 3+

Interests: monsters, bad behavior, adventure, travel, boats

Also by this author: Outside Over There, In the Night Kitchen, Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life

Note: The 2009 movie Where the Wild Things Are is quite brilliant but is not aimed at the same preschool audience as the book! Moving, complex, gorgeous and frightening – definitely more for grownups than youngsters.

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Books That Teach Manners

Now that we’re back to school and trying to get everyone back ‘with the program’, you might find this link interesting – Commonsense Media list of books that teach manners.

I would add another book we liked..

Richard Scarry’s Please and Thank You Book – Richard Scarry; Random House, 1973

suitable for age 3 and up

In inimitable Scarry style, a primer on thoughtful behaviour, comportment at parties, being helpful, etc. Surprisingly comprehensive and only a wee bit preachy. Starring all your favourite Scarry characters. When my daughter was obsessed particularly interested in tea parties/birthday parties/etc., she quite enjoyed the short stories in this book.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by Barbara Robinson

HarperCollins, 1972

80 pp., 7 chapters

Ages: 8 +

Interests: Christmas, Christmas pageant, putting on a play, religion, church

Also by this author: sequels featuring the Herdmans – The Best School Year Ever, The Best Hallowe’en Ever

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