Miss Hickory

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1947

Miss Hickory

by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

illustrated by Ruth Gannett

Age: 8+

Interests: toys, dolls, nature, animals, birds, seasons, Christmas, religion

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Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon

Gay-Neck

NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1928

Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon

by Dhan Gopal Mukerji

illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff

Age: 8+

Interests: birds, India, jungle, animals, war, religion, Buddhism More

Skellig

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1998

Skellig

by David Almond

Age: 9+

Interests: birds, poetry, mystery, magic, illness, death, dreams

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The Wheel on the School

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1955

The Wheel on the School

by Meindert DeJong

Age: 8+

Interests: birds, ocean, Holland, cooperation, helping others, adventure, small towns, country life

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Mrs. Easter and the Storks

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1957

Mrs Easter and the Storks

by V.H. Drummond

Age: 4+

Interests: birds, travel, London, adventure, chase, royalty

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Swallows and Amazons, Pigeon Post

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Swallows and Amazons

by Arthur Ransome

London: Jonathan Cape, 1930

363 pp.

Pigeon Post

CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1936

by Arthur Ransome

London: Jonathan Cape, 1936

433 pp.

Age: (read to) 6+, (read independently) 9+

Interests: boats, sailing, camping, adventures, summer vacation, maps, exploring

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Fantasia (1940)

Fantasia (film)

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Released: 1940

Rated: G

Length: 120 – 124 min. (varies depending on what version you have)

Age: some parts 3+, others 5+ (see below)  Commonsense Media sez: 6 +

Scary Factor: Mickey attacks renegade broom with an axe and savagely chops it to bits; battle to the death between two dinosaurs; a gigantic devil rises over a mountain commanding a host of demons, the dead rise from their graves

Also: some modest (dare I say artful) nudity among fairies and mythological creatures; much wine drunk by very tipsy god Bacchus

Interests: classical music, fairies, mythology, dinosaurs, ballet

Next: the movie Fantasia 2000; live symphony concerts for children; Nutcracker ballet live or movie version
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Just for fun… Lego birds!

I love this, and it opens up the delicious possibilities for Lego projects beyond Stars Wars…

via. treehugger.com – Gardener Hopes to Teach Kids About Birds Using Legos

p.s. If you’ve never done a Lego kit with your child, it’s fun, satisfying, and (I found) strangely soothing as well. (Instructions are brilliantly simple – a cut above ikea!) Can a zen state be achieved through Lego? Discuss.

Hiawatha’s Childhood

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1984

Hiawatha’s Childhood

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Errol Le Cain, illustrations

Faber and Faber, 1984

30 pp.

Age: 3

Interests: poetry, nature, First Nations, birds, animals

Also by this illustrator: The Cabbage Princess, Thorn Rose, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Snow Queen, The Enchanter’s Daughter, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and many others

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Scranimals

Scranimals

Jack Prelutsky, poems

Peter Sis, illustrator

HarperCollins, 2002

40 pp.

Age: 5 +

Interests: poetry, animals, birds, word play, nonsense, maps, travel

Next: Edward Lear’s The Quangle Wangle’s Hat and others

Also by this poet/illustrator team: The Dragons Are Singing Tonight, Monday’s Troll, The Gargoyle on the Roof

Also by this poet: The New Kid on the Block and many others

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