This post idea is from Plinky.com, fwiw.
Name one children’s book every child should read. This is tough. I grew up being read to. I grew up reading. Our kids get books read to them every night. Our oldest reads himself to sleep every night after we read to him. I’ve been stealing our family’s old children’s books from my mother’s shelves for years now (usually with her permission). I love books. I love board books and easy readers, chapter books and young adult novels. I can name, off the top of my head, probably a hundred children’s books I like. So the most difficult part of answering this question is picking just one book.
And that’s the fun of it, too.
My choice is The Tale of Custard the Dragon, by Ogden Nash, in the edition illustrated by Lynn Munsinger.
Here is why. The story has a dragon in it. That’s probably enough, for me, but I also like that the dragon is owned by a little girl, Belinda. I like that the book is about courage in the face of danger, but also accepting your true self. It has sympathetic characters that are still flawed (Ink, Blink, and Mustard are kind of mean, but still part of the family). I like that Nash rhymes “window” with “Belinda” (as in “windah”). That he rhymes “pirate” with “gyrate.” That the poetry flows easily when read aloud. That the pictures are delightfully detailed and whimsical. Every child needs a little adventure, and a little whimsy, and an underdog to root for.
I give this book as a gift whenever I can.
What one book would you choose?