OB-KC925_bday_D_20100922090751Today, December third, is my darling daughters sixth birthday and it is also my mother Wendy’s. And as an homage to both of these amazing women in my life (my daughters sweet soul and my mothers amazing work with Scholastic, as well as her lifelong devotion to improving literacy) I thought I would share some kids books that Chloe absolutely adores and that my mother supplied in plenty. Unfortunately for my daughters bookshelves, my mother no longer passes along those amazing books from the Scholastic catalog, but no matter because my mini-me is now a budding novelist. Currently she sticks to hand drawn picture books, but she’s on her way. And with me at the helm of her career, my hope that one day her books will be featured here on Gliterary Girl (and the NY Times list).

So, sit back with your child and open their imagination with the awesome power of the written word.

(some of these books are part of a greater series)

Llama Llama is feeling crummy, sneezing, achy, head all stuffy. No school today for Llama, he’s sick at home in his red pajamas. As the day wears on and Llama starts feeling better, boredom sets in–along with Mama Llama’s coughs and sneezes. Llama Llama knows just what to do, bringing Mama tissues, a fluffy pillow, and books to read. Anna Dewdney’s latest is a welcome addition to her bestselling Llama Llama picture book repertoire, perfectly capturing the challenges of a little one home sick from school and the big dose of love that makes the best medicine. —Seira Wilson

The sun is setting and it’s getting chilly. When Bear’s friends discover that he is not at home in his lair, they march out into the cold to find their pal. Friends don’t let friends stay lost! Wren, Owl, and Raven take to the skies while Badger, Mole, and Mouse search on the ground. Pretty soon Bear is found, and once he’s back in his cave, he feels quite safe with his friends all around.

“Follow your
Dreams!”
“You go, Girl!”
“Dream Big, pig!”

Poppy is a waddling, toddling pig with big dreams. She wants to be a star! But she soon discovers that’s not as easy as it sounds. It’s only when Poppy feels the magic of gliding and sliding, swirling and twirling on ice that our most persistent pig truly believes in herself: Poppy, star of the rink!

Kristi Yamaguchi is an ice-skating Olympic gold medalist and world champion who knows how to make dreams come true. Through her picture book debut, Kristi inspires children of all ages to dream big!

Kristi Yamaguchi is an Olympic figure skating champion and winner of Dancing With the Stars. Her motto “Always Dream” contributed to her success on and off the ice and is one that she aspires to instill in the hearts of children. Kristi currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and their two young daughters.

Tim Bowers has always had a love for animals. In fact, he enjoyed spending time at his grandparents’ home visiting their furry friends, which at one time, included a pet pig named Porky! Tim has illustrated more than twenty-five children’s books and received numerous awards for his delightfully sweet and silly illustrations. He often visits schools to promote literacy and to share his experience and love for illustrating children’s books. Tim Bowers lives in Ohio with his wife. Visit him at www.timbowers.com

Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are are, Pete keeps movin’ and groovin’ and singing his song. . .because it’s all good.

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Sara O'Connor

A dreamer, a writer, a critic, an avid reader and the endless seeker of enlightenment through education. Basically, that translates to a girl who loves to read and discusses what she is reading and writing with anyone who will listen so that she doesn’t have to think about her obscenely large student loan debt. She holds a BA in pre-law, a Masters from Northeastern University in Communication Management with a focus in Social Media Marketing and Personal Branding and is currently working on an MFA in creative writing, but believes she has learned the most from writing…lots and lots of writing. She is also the owner of the literary and lifestyle business marketing an management firm, Voir Media Group.
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  • jennifersilverwood
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    My mom reads “Llama Llama” to her preschoolers at work almost every day 😀

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