Time of Wonder book
#25
Time of Wonder
Written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Follows the activities of two children spending their summer vacation on an island off the coast of Maine.

Chanticleer and the Fox book
#26
Chanticleer and the Fox
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer and illustrated by Barbara Cooney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

King of the barnyard, Chanticleer struts about all day. When a fox bursts into his domain, dupes him into crowing, and then grabs him in a viselike grip, Chanticleer must do some quick thinking to save himself and his barnyard kingdom. Winner, 1959 Caldecott Medal Notable Children's Books of 1940–1970 (ALA) Winner, 1992 Kerlan Award

Nine Days to Christmas book
#27
Nine Days to Christmas
Written by Marie Hall Ets and illustrated by Aurora Labastida
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Ceci anxiously awaits her first posada, the special Mexican Christmas party, and the opportunity to select a pinata for it.

Baboushka and the Three Kings book
#28
Baboushka and the Three Kings
Written by Ruth Robbins and illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

An old woman who was too busy to travel with the Wise Men to find the Child now searches endlessly for Him each Christmas season.

Once a Mouse... book
#29
Once a Mouse...
Written and illustrated by Marcia Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A hermit knows the magic to change a small mouse into a cat, a dog, and a majestic tiger -- and Marcia Brown's magical woodcuts bring this Indian fable to life with the mastery that won her her second Caldecott Medal.

May I Bring a Friend? book
#30
May I Bring a Friend?
Written by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers and illustrated by Beni Montresor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A well-mannered little boy, frequently invited to visit the king and queen, always asks to bring a friend--and the friends are always wild animals--and always well-behaved.

Always Room for One More book
#31
Always Room for One More
Written by Sorche Nic Leodhas and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

In this Scottish folk song, a generous family always has room for another person and invites in everyone who passes by.

Sam, Bangs & Moonshine book
#32
Sam, Bangs & Moonshine
Written and illustrated by Evaline Ness
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-12

Relates the experiences of a little girl as she learns to tell the difference between makebelieve and real life.

Drummer Hoff book
#33
Drummer Hoff
Written by Barbara Emberley and illustrated by Ed Emberley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A cumulative folk song in which seven soldiers build a magnificent cannon, but Drummer Hoff fires it off.

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship book
#34
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship
Written by Arthur Ransome and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz, Arthur Ransome
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When the Czar proclaims that he will marry his daughter to the man who brings him a flying ship, the Fool of the World sets out to try his luck and meets some unusual companions on the way. The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship is the winner of the 1969 Caldecott Medal.

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble book
#35
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Written and illustrated by William Steig
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

On a rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results. How Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family and restored to his true self makes a story that is beautifully tender and filled with true magic. Illustrated with William Steig's glowing pictures, this is a modern classic beloved by children everywhere. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is a winner of the Caldecott Medal.

A Story, a Story book
#36
A Story, a Story
Written and illustrated by Gail E. Haley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Winner of the Caldecott Medal Once, all the stories in the world belonged to Nyame, the Sky God. He kept them in a box beside his throne. But Ananse, the Spider man, wanted them -- and caught three sly creatures to get them. This story of how we got our own stories to tell is adapted from an African folktale.

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