March 1st is the birthday of beloved children’s book author, Doctor Seuss. Coincidentally, the first week of March is also Read Across America week here in the US, and elementary schools across the country will be celebrating with activities, author visits, and other events to share the joy of reading with kids.
In honor of Dr. Theodore Seuss Geisel, the SpReAd the Love group has organized the Children’s Book Challenge! Fans of Richard Armitage everywhere are encouraged to write a review of a children’s book that you love and then donate it to a school, library, children’s hospital, Ronald McDonald House, or a child in your own life.
I think that sounds great! I’ve chosen two books that my son and I loved and cherished when he was small: No, David, by David Shannon and the Encyclopedia Prehistorica – Dinosaurs by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart.
This book was a bedtime favorite for my son when he was 4, 5, and 6 years old. It’s full of delightful, bright-colored pictures of mischievous little David jumping on his bed, tracking mud through the house, and turning his bathtub into a shipwreck-filled typhoon.
The simple-to-read and simply perfect text is all parental dismay and exasperation: “No, David!” “Settle down, David!” Come back here, David!” (The last statement goes along with a picture of David running gleefully down the street, completely bare.)
“No, David” puts a smile on my face every time I read it. Check it out on Amazon. The children’s librarian at the Alexandria Public Library said that it’s a favorite with kids today, and I bet it will never go out of style.
Encyclopedia Prehistorica – Dinosaurs
Seriously, this book is beautiful, and a stunning feat of engineering to boot. Each of the big pages has a large central pop-up, and each of the four corners of the double-page spread hold additional mini-pop-ups, including one that has two scientists engaged in a tug-of-war over a fossil, and another that shows a huge explosion similar to a giant asteroid hitting the Earth.
Check out the book’s Amazon page for some great pictures of the pop-ups.
The same artist, Robert Sabuda, has done other elaborate pop-up books – we had a Wizard of Oz pop-up complete with a whirling tornado, and we still have his Star Wars pop-up book (because the pop-up showdown between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader has them wielding lightsabers that actually light up. How cool is that?).
And hey, I finally figured out how to get the video I made about the Encyclopedia Prehistorica to be uploaded! I’ve edited to include it here. (Probably just as well if nobody sees it, but the book really is cool.)
SpReAding the Love
The children’s librarian, Pam Hankinson, was excited to receive the Encyclopedia Prehistorica, too. I hope it brings plenty of joy to the young and young at heart. The Alexandria Public Library is an independent library in Alexandria, Ohio. It is located next to the elementary school. Students walk over to the library every day, since the school doesn’t have a library of its own.
Happy Reading to all!