Posts Tagged ‘children’s books’

Top Ten Children’s Books of All Time

March 15, 2010

If you had to make a list of the top ten  children’s books of all time, what would they be?  Oh, this is a difficult job once you begin.  Here is my list.  Feel free to hit comment and share your list of books. 

1.  Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

2.  Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

3.  Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

4.  The Giver by Lois Lowry

5.   Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  Roald Dahl

6.  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

7.  Holes by Louis Sachar

8.  The Secret Garden  by Frances Hodgson Burnett

9.  A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck

10.  Tuck Everlasting  by Natalie Babbitt

My favorite books when I was a child:   Charlotte’s Web, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Borrower’s by Mary Norton, The Moffats by Eleanor Estes, The All-of-a-Kind-Family books by Sydney Taylor and Bristle Face by Zachary Ball.

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Create the World’s Yummiest Doughnut!

February 6, 2009

In 1926, Trausch Bakery from Dubuque, Iowa, launched the first doughnut making machine.

What is the VERY FIRST thing you think of when you read that sentence? I thought of the scene from the children’s book, Homer Price, by Robert McCloskey. The second thing I thought of was the OTHER Homer, Homer Simpson, whose survival depends on this sugary confection.

Writing exercises to choose from: 1. Write your favorite doughnut memory. Describe it, the circumstances, the actions, your feelings, the characters surrounding it. 2. Write a short story or poem featuring a doughnut or a bakery as an important element. 3. Create a new doughnut recipe! Think of a fabulous new name. Describe it! Create an ad campaign! Give the recipe. What makes your doughnut special?