Okay, I admit it. I've gotten bogged down in my quest to read every picture book from A to Z at my local library. It's a worthwhile pursuit, and if I had no children, husband, dog or guinea pig, I would be all over it like butter on a pancake.
But I do have a life, so I've switched gears. At my recent conference, Bruce Hale suggested I read instead the School Library Journal's list of the 100 most popular children's picture books. For those of you who might want to do this as well, you can find the list here: http://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/afuse8production/2009/05/16/top-100-picture-books-poll-results-1-101/.
It's a much tamer goal, and one that's definitely doable before my children graduate from high school. I've also read many of the books on the list already, so it's been easy to shoot through the list. I'm reticent to admit that I read for the first time some classics of the trade, including Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (wow, what use of language to create a mood), and Blueberries for Sal.
I'll discuss some of my favorites as I move along, but if you have any from your childhood that you would like to share here, please feel free.