Today is children’s author Beverly Cleary’s birthday, and it is also D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) Day! I used to love her work, especially Dear Mr. Henshaw. According to the D.E.A.R. website, “It is a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Beverly Cleary first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8.” I did write about this last year in this post, but here is the link for D.E.A.R.’s favorite book list. Out of their list, I would personally recommend:

  • Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

In the Night Kitchen - Mickey and the Bakers

  • In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak (one of my favorite kid’s books)
  • “More, More, More,” Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams
  • Days with Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach

  • Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Deedy (illustration above)
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (who wouldn’t want to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art?!)
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Sabriel by Garth Nix
  • The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer (esp awesome for boys for ages 9+)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • The Redwall series by Brian Jacques (another great boy series for ages 9+)

In honor of Beverly Cleary, DEAR day, and children’s literature, I would like to share this cool Jack Prelutsky poem I found on Pinterest yesterday. For those who have no clue who he is, Jack Prelutsky has been writing children’s poetry for over 30 years. I will admit I’ve not read much of it, but I liked this one because I have a love for cephalopods (octopus & jellyfish) and it was really cute and used really descriptive language.