Today is International Children's Book Day. It also happens to be Hans Christian Anderson's birthday - the author of numerous children's fairy tales - a few of which are: The Ugly Duckling, The Steadfast Soldier, The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, & the Princess and the Pea.
I heard fairy tales as a child, and also read them to my girls, but I'm not so sure that mothers, today, read fairy tales to their children??
Perhaps some mothers & grandmothers will response to this question?
|all book covers from amazon.com|
This is not the Princess and the Pea I read to my daughters, SLE & ACE... but I love the artwork of Rachel Isadora! Her colorful, collage-like artwork has an African feel to it - most likely because she spent 10+ years in various countries in the continent of AFRICA. Trained as a ballerina, she left the professional world of ballet when she experienced an injury. LUCKY for the children's book world, she has written and illustrated over 100+ books.
|ACE uses this book in her kindergarten class|
I found a fabulous list of children's books which support the purpose of International Children's Book Day, which is to "inspire a love of reading and draw attention to children's books that focus on international understanding." Here are two of the book covers from this list, 2011 BOOK LIST for CHILDREN.
SHADES of PEOPLE
by Shelley Retner
& Sheila M. Kelley
the book shows children of all colors with happy, smiling faces.
for birth to age 5 years.
A LITTLE PEACE
(A National Geographic publication)
by Barbara Kelsey
written for grades 3-5
simple pictures from around the world & "plants the seed" that we ALL have a responsibility to make & keep peace on this earth.
Why do ADULTS make this so difficult??