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A Year's Illustrated Book Study for the Family

Guilt-Free Reading Done with Your Child
Takes Only 15-20 Minutes a Day

SEASONAL

  • A Time to Keep (Tasha Tudor's Book of Holidays) by Tasha Tudor
  • Around the Year by Tasha Tudor
  • A Child's Calendar by John Updike/ Trina Schart Hyman
  • A Child's Year (Little Golden Book) by Joan Walsh Anglund
  • The Year at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen
  • My Favorite Seasons by Dandi/ Teddy Edinjiklian
  • The Little Golden Book of Holidays by Jean Lewis/ Kathy Wilburn
  • Homeplace by Anne Shelby/ Wendy Anderson Halperin
  • Math for All Seasons by Greg Tang/ Harry Briggs
  • Anno’s Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno
  • New Year Be Coming by Katharine Boling/ Daniel Minter

JANUARY

  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost/ Susan Jeffers
  • The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen/ Rachel Isadora
  • (January 1st) Mary by Tomie dePaola
  • Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night by Bruce Coville/ Tim Raglin
  • (Born January 4, 1809) A Picture Book of Louis Braille by David Adler/ John & Alexandra Wallner
  • (Born January 17, 1706) How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning by Rosalyn Schanzer
  • (January 19th) I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr./ Foreword by Coretta Scott King
  • The Seeds of Peace by Laura Berkeley/ Alison Dexter
  • Molly Banneky by Alice McGill/ Chris K. Soentpiet
  • Dear Benjamin Banneker by Andrea Davis Pinkney/ Brian Pinkney
  • Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson/ James Ransome
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter
  • The Rag Coat by Lauren A. Mills
  • A Weed is a Flower by Aliki
  • (Event January 1856) Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter & Connie Roop/ Peter Hanson
  • (Born January 27, 1756) Mozart by Catherine Brighton/ Mozart Tonight by Julie Downing
  • The Cat Who Loved Mozart by Patricia Austin/ Henri Sorenson
  • (Event happened in Winter 1917) Baby in a Basket by Gloria Rand/ Ted Rand
  • 100 School Days by Anne Rockwell/ Lizzy Rockwell

FEBRUARY

  • Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss/ Marjorie Priceman
  • (February 2nd) Little Groundhog's Fun Year by Dalmatian Press
  • (Born Feb. 7, 1865) Pioneer Girl ~ Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson/ Dan Andreasen
  • Tea with Milk by Allen Say
  • Shakespeare’s MacBeth by Bruce Coville/ Gary Kelley
  • (Born Feb. 9, 1985) Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
  • (Born February 12, 1809) Abe Lincoln by Kay Winters/ Nancy Carpenter
  • Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Turner/ Wendell Minor
  • (February 14) Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda
  • (President's Day) So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George/ David Small
  • Let’s Celebrate President’s Day by Connie and Peter Roop
  • (February 22, 1732) George Washington’s Teeth Deborah Chandra/ Madeleine Comora
  • George Washington by James Giblin/ Michael Dooling
  • Musicians of the Sun by Gerald McDermott
  • A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert/ Anita Lobel
  • Rain Makes Applesauce by Julian Schneer/ Marvin Bileck
  • Redcoats and Petticoats by Katherine Kirkpatrick/ Ronald Himler
  • Katie’s Trunk by Ann Turner/ Ronald Himler
  • (Birth of Buffalo Bill Cody ~ February 26, 1845) The Sweetwater Run by Andrew Glass
  • (Born February 27, 1897) When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan/ Brian Selznick
  • Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert/ Robert Andrew Parker

MARCH

  • The Heart of the Wood by Marguerite W. Davol/ Sheila Hamanaka
  • Cold Feet by Cynthia DeFelice/ Robert Andrew Parker
  • (Born March 2, 1904) The Boy on Fairfield Street by Kathleen Krull/ Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher
  • (Born March 3, 1847) Alexander Graham Bell by Victoria Sherrow/ Elaine Verstraete
  • Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes/ Karmen Thompson
  • Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka by Tomie dePaola
  • Spring Story by Jill Barklem
  • (Born March 6, 1475) Michelangelo by Diane Stanley
  • (March 17) Patrick Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola
  • (March 19) Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi
  • Montezuma & the Fall of the Aztecs by Eric A. Kimmel / Daniel San Souci
  • (Born March 21, 1685) Bach's Big Adventure by Sallie Ketcham/ Timothy Bush
  • The Song of Celestine by James Redfield/ Dee Lillegard/ Dean Morrissey
  • The Springs of Joy by Tasha Tudor
  • On Passover by Cathy Goldberg Fishman/ Melanie W. Hall
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett/ Ron Barrett
  • Children's Stations of the Cross by Susan Brindle/ Joan Bell/ Miriam Lademan
  • Archimedes: Ancient Greek Mathematician by Susan Katz Keating/ Stefano Tartarotti

APRIL

  • Hosanna to You, Jesus by Marisa Mignolli/ M. Luisa Benigni
  • The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt
  • Little Rose of Sharon by Nan Gurley/ Tim Jonke
  • A Tale for Easter by Tasha Tudor
  • The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing/ Kathy Couri
  • Petook: An Easter Story by Caryll Houselander/ Tomie dePaola
  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams/ William Nicholson (another one with pictures by Elizabeth Miles) (another one illustrated by Michael Hague)
  • The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by DuBose Heyward/ Marjorie Hack
  • (Born April 13, 1743) Thomas Jefferson by James Giblin/ Michael Dooling
  • (Born April 15, 1452) Leonardo Da Vinci by Diane Stanley
  • (Event April 18, 1906) Earthquake by Molly Lee/ Yangsook Choi
  • (Event April 18-19, 1775)The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow/ Christopher Bing (also book Illustrated by Ted Rand)
  • (April 23rd) St. George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges/ Trina Schart Hyman
  • (Born April 23, 1564) All the World's a Stage by Rebecca Piatt Davidson/ Anita Lobel
  • The Bard of Avon by Diane Stanley
  • William Shakespeare & the Globe by Aliki
  • The Kitchen Knight by Margaret Hodges/ Trina Schart Hyman
  • (Event April 26, 1777) Sybil Ludington’s Midnight Ride by Marsha Amstel/Ellen Beier
  • (Event April 1933) Amelia & Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan/ Brian Selznick
  • The Story of the Incredible Orchestra by Bruce Koscielniak
  • The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang/ Harry Briggs

MAY

  • Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue by Joan Bell/ Susan Brindle/ Miriam Lademan
  • The Most Beautiful Thing in the World by Susan Brindle/ Ann Brindle/ Margaret Brindle
  • The Weight of a Mass by Josephine Nobisso/ Katalin Szegedi
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  • Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  • (Born May 5, 1864) Nellie Bly's Monkey by Joan W. Blos/ Catherine Stock
  • (Born May 18, 1920) Karol from Poland by M. Leonora Wilson/ Carla Koch
  • (Born May 25, 1803) Mr. Emerson's Cook by Judith Bryon Schachner)
  • (Born May 26, 1877) Isadora Dances by Rachel Isadora
  • (Born May 27, 1907) Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson by Amy Ehrlich/ Wendell Minor
  • (Memorial Day) The Wall by Eve Bunting/ Ronald Himler
  • Miss Opal’s Auction by Susan Vizurraga/ Mark Graham
  • (May 30th) Joan of Arc: The Lily Maid by Margaret Hodges/ Robert Rayevsky
  • Ah, Music! by Aliki
  • Hear, Hear, Mr. Shakespeare by Bruce Koscielniak
  • How the Second Grade Got $8,205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty by Nathan Zimelman/Bill Slavin

JUNE

  • The Sandcastle by M. P. Robertson
  • Sea Story by Jill Barklem
  • Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer/ Christopher Bing
  • My Life with the Indians by Robin Moore/ Victor Ambrus
  • Leah’s Pony by Elizabeth Friedrich/ Michael Garland
  • Two Scarlet Songbirds: A Story of Anton Dvorak by Carole Lexa Schaefer/ Elizabeth Rosen
  • (Born June 27, 1880) A Picture Book of Helen Keller by David Adler/ John & Alexandra Wallner
  • The Last Princess (Story of Princess Ka’iulani of Hawai’i) by Fay Stanley/ Diane Stanley
  • The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco
  • The Legend of Blue Jacket by Michael P. Spradlin/Ronald Himler
  • The Shaman’s Apprentice: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry & Mark J. Plotkin
  • Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds and When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
  • Lemonade for Sale by Stuart J. Murphey/ Tricia Tusa
  • Opt: An Illusionary Tale by Arline & Joseph Baum
  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling/ Jerry Pinkney
  • Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel/ Blair Lent

JULY

  • Red, White, and Blue by John Herman/ Robin Roraback
  • We the Kids by David Catrow
  • A Fourth of July on the Plains by Jean Van Leeuwen/ Henri Sorensen
  • Purple Mountains Majesties by Barbara Younger/ Stacey Schuett
  • America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates/ Wendell Minor
  • By Dawn’s Early Light by Steven Kroll/ Dan Andreasen
  • (Battle took place on July 4, 1863) We Played Marbles by Tres Seymour/ Dan Andreasen
  • (Groundbreaking of Erie Canel, July 4, 1817) Amazing Impossible Erie Canal by Cheryl Harness
  • (July 6, 1881) Kate Shelley: Bound for Legend by Robert D. San Souci/ Max Ginsburg
  • (Born July 10, 1759) Redoute' ~ The Man Who Painted Flowers by Carolyn Croll
  • (Born July 12, 1817) Henry David's House by Steven Schnur/ Peter Fiore
  • (Flag Day ~ July 14th) Keep on Sewing, Betsy Ross by Michael Dahl/ Sandra D’Antonio
  • (July 25th) Christopher, the Holy Giant by Tomie dePaola
  • (July 25, 1909) The Glorious Flight: Across the English Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice Provensen/ Martin Provensen
  • (Born on July 28, 1866) Beatrix Potter by Alexandra Wallner
  • The Philharmonic Gets Dressed by Karla Kuskin/ Marc Simont
  • You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer! by Shana Corey/ Chesley McLaren
  • Anno’s Magic Seeds/ Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar by Masaichiro & Mitsumasa Anno

AUGUST

  • Juanita and Our Lady of the Angels by Elizabeth Loch
  • A Spoon for Every Bite by Joe Hayes/ Rebecca Leer
  • The Cataract of Lodore by Robert Southey/ Mordicai Gerstein
  • Train to Somewheres by Eve Bunting/ Ronald Himler
  • (August 19, 2001) Hurricane! by Corinne Demas/ Lenice Strohmeier
  • (Born August 19, 1871 & April 16, 1867) The Wondrous Whirligig by Andrew Glass
  • Ride Like the Wind by Bernie Fuchs
  • They’re Off!: Story of the Pony Express by Cheryl Harness
  • The Way West by Amelia Stewart Knight
  • (August 27, 1910) Stories Told by Mother Teresa by Teresa/ Edward LeJoly/ Jaya Chaliha/ Allan Drummond
  • What Charlie Heard by Mordicai Gerstein
  • How to Make an Apple Pie & See the World by Marjorie Priceman
  • All the Secrets in the World by Jane Yolen/ Leslie Baker
  • The Bat Boy & His Violin by Gavin Curtis/ E. B. Lewis
  • A Drop Around the World by Barbara Shaw McKinney/ Michael Maydak
  • The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie dePaola
  • Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman
  • Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema/ Leo & Diane Dillon
  • Five Secrets in a Box by Catherine Brighton
  • One Grain of Rice by Demi

SEPTEMBER

  • It's Fall by Linda Glaser
  • (Remembrance of September 11, 2001) The Man Who Walked Between The Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
  • A Song for Lena by Hilary Horder Hippely/ Leslie Baker
  • Into the Woods by Robert Burleigh/ Wendell Minor
  • (Born September 26th) Johnny Appleseed books by Will Moses/ Aliki/ Stephen Kellogg/ Reeve Linbergh & Kathy Jakobsen/ Stephen & Rosemary Benet & Steven Schindler
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  • Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats
  • The Cello of Mr. O by Jane Cutler/ Greg Couch
  • The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt
  • Autumn Story by Jill Barklem
  • Sam and the Tigers by Julius Lester/ Jerry Pinkney
  • Qu’Appelle by David Bouchard/ Michael Lonechild
  • Little Country Town by Jandelyn Southwell/ Kay Chorao

  • Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone by Cindy Neuschwander/ Wayne Geehan

  • Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland by Cindy Neuschwander/ Wayne Geehan

OCTOBER

  • (October 2) My Guardian Dear by Miriam Lademan/ Susan Brindle
  • (October 4) The Good Man of Assisi by Mary Joslin/ Alison Wisenfeld
  • Francis, the Poor Man of Assisi by Tomie dePaola
  • (Columbus Observance October 12th) Encounter by Jane Yolen/ David Shannon
  • (Born October 13, 1754) They Called Her Molly Pitcher by Anne Rockwell/ Cynthia von Buhler
  • (October 31) Father Phillip Tells a Ghost Story by Miriam Lademan/ Susan Brindle
  • Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor
  • Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving/ John Howe (another book by Will Moses)
  • Georgie by Robert Bright
  • Where Do Balloons Go? by Jamie Lee Curtis/ Laura Cornell
  • Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens by Barry Carson Turner/ Sue Williams
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving/ Will Moses
  • The Ghost of Nicholas Greebe by Tony Johnston/ S. D. Schindler
  • Wicked Jack by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge/ Will Hillenbrand
  • Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander/ Wayne Geehan
  • Math Curse by Jon Scieszka/ Lane Smith
  • When the Frost is on the Punkin by James Whitcomb Riley/ Glenna Lang

NOVEMBER

  • I Sing a Song of the Saints of God by Lesbia Scott/ Judith Gwyn Brown
  • (Published November 10, 1855) Hiawatha by Longfellow/ Susan Jeffers
  • Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
  • Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman
  • Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson/ Matt Faulkner
  • Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende/ Harry Devlin
  • Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki/ Dom Lee
  • (November 19, 1863)The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln/ illustrated by Michael McCurdy
  • Rivka’s First Thanksgiving by Elsa Okon Rael/ Maryann Kovalski
  • Peter and the Wolf by Vladimir Vagin
  • Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
  • Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson/ Jane Chapman
  • Runaway Dreidel! by Leslea Newman/ Krysten Brooker
  • The Boy Who Loved to Draw: Benjamin West by Barbara Brenner/ Olivier Dunrea
  • (Born November 29, 1832) Louisa May & Mr. Thoreau's Flute by Julie Dunlap & Marybeth Lorbiecki/ Mary Azarian
  • The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky
  • Math-Terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving by Greg Tang/ Greg Paprocki
  • Math Appeal by Greg Tang/ Harry Briggs

DECEMBER

  • (December 6th) The Real Santa Claus by Marianna Mayer/
  • Saint Nicholas by Ann Tompert/ Michael Garland
  • (Event December 7, 1941) Pearl Harbor by Stephen Krensky/ Larry Day
  • (December 12, 1531) The Lady of Guadalupe by Tomie dePaola
  • (Event December 17, 1903) My Brother's Flying Machine by Jane Yolen/ Jim Burke
  • (Born December 17, 1770) Beethoven Lives Upstairs by Barbara Nichol/ Scott Cameron
  • An Early American Christmas by Tomie dePaola
  • (Event December 18, 1773) The Boston Tea Party by Steven Kroll/ Peter Fiore (or) Boston Tea Party by Pamela Duncan Edwards/ Henry Cole
  • The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore/ Tasha Tudor
  • A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote/ Beth Peck
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker by Brothers Grimm/ Jim LaMarche
  • (December 24th) The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie dePaola
  • The Miracle of Saint Nicholas by Gloria Whelan/ Judith Brown
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens/ Arthur Rackham
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  • The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola
  • The Dolls' Christmas by Tasha Tudor
  • Night Tree by Eve Bunting
  • Silent Night by Will Moses
  • On Hanukkah by Cathy Goldberg Fishman/ Melanie W. Hall
  • The Donkey’s Dream by Barbara Helen Berger
  • The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski/ P.J. Lynch
  • The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado/ Liz Bonham
  • Moishe’s Miracle by Laura Krauss Melmed/ David Slonim
  • Latkes and Applesauce by Fran Manushkin/ Robin Spowart
  • Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto/ Ed Martinez
  • The Baker’s Dozen by Heather Forest/ Susan Gaber
  • The Baker’s Dozen by Aaron Shepard/ Wendy Edelson
  • (Born December 23, 1790) Seeker of Knowledge by James Rumford
  • (Born December 24, 1809) A Right Fine Life ~ Kit Carson by Andrew Glass
  • (Born December 27, 1822) Louis Pasteur by Carol Greene

 

Copyright, Cay A. Gibson, 2004