This blog is called Post-Apocalyptic Homeschool because I obsessively collect and stockpile used children's books just in case I need to personally educate a small village after some sort of catastrophic scenario where all the other books and technology and book-obtaining means of all kinds have been destroyed, such that the only reading materials left for miles around are the piles of books in my garage. Sensible, yes?
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Picture Books and Stories for the Youngest Children
Picture Books and Stories for the
Young Years Library was a five or 10-volume anthology of reading material for children. The product evolved over the years, but generally it was sold direct to parents who wanted to provide an educational or literary advantage to their children. Many of the great children's librarians of the day were involved, including the pioneering Augusta Braxton Baxter. My copy, published in 1963, includes a 72-page list of recommended books for various ages and stages. To my eye, the larger majority of these books have long since been forgotten, not least because of the revolution in children's literature that took place following the publication that year of Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. I'll be transcribing the sections of the Mother's Guide to Children's Reading reading list, one by one, in hopes of providing a starting point for modern mamas looking to explore more unusual, likely out-of-print book suggestions, beyond those usually included in generally available contemporary reading prescriptions. Copyright, of course, remains with Home Library Press.
Here are all the limericks, the
nonsense tales, the nonsense alphabets and the fabulous nonsense
botany of the wonderful Edward Lear, complete with the original Lear
illustrations; a classic for more than a century.
Country animals make funniest sounds. Other titles in the Noisy Book series are: The Noisy Book The Indoor Noisy Book The Quiet Noisy Book The Seashore Noisy Book The Summer Noisy Book The Winter Noisy Book
"A mountain is to go to the top" is
a perfectly logical way for a child to describe a mountain. And
what is a package? "To look inside"--naturally.
This is a sampling of the wonderfully clever definitions in this
book, definitions from a child's point of view.
In Mexico, every
day for nine days before Christmas, a different party is held for the
children. This is the story of one of these parties: A little girl
celebrates her first “posada.” A Caldecott Medal winner.