Monday, June 16, 2008

Award Winning Children's Books

I just finished reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C O'Brien - for the third or fourth time - and I was struck, once again, by how wonderful this title is. Every month Through the Looking Glass Book Review features one award winning title and I am having a terrific time reading my way through lists of Newbery winning and honor titles, Caldecott winning and honor titles, E.B. White winners, Kate Greenaway winners, Golden Kite winners, and more. You can see what I have reviewed so far on the TTLG Award Winning Titles page. You will, at the bottom of this page, also find links to the relevant pages on the Internet where you can find out more about these awards.

Many of you may not know this but the daughter of Robert C. O'Brien wrote two additional books about the Rats of Nimh. I am in the process of reading these and will add my reviews to the Through the Looking Glass website soon.

If you don't know which books to buy for the children in your life and don't have the time to look through lots of reviews, choose the award winning books. You can't really go wrong if you do, and you will be giving children some of the best children's literature there is. You will also be giving them such timeless characters as Dr. Dolittle, Charlotte, Ramona, Olivia, Little Bear, and many others.


Anonymous said...

I didn't even know that the Secret of Nyhm (I can't spell it!) was based off of a book. I cannot wait to get it and read it with my girls. That was one of my favorite movies growing up- but I almost always prefer the book to the movie. Thanks!

Marya Jansen-Gruber said...

Believe me the book is a lot better than the film - which I have seen. If your girls like Mrs. Frisby then you might like to read them the next two books as well: "Rasco and the Rats" and "R-T, Margaret and the Rats of Nimh." I am half way through Rasco and it is a joy to read. Do let me know what your girls think of the book after you have shared it with them.