I’ve been reading some of the greatest books ever to my 1st grade classes:
Harry the Dirty Dog, No Roses For Harry, Harry By the Seashore and Harry and the Lady Next Door are some of my all-time favorite picture books. They were written in the 1960s by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham. I always follow Harry with Graham’s books Be Nice to Spiders and the Benjy books.
I have 4 of the Benjy books but it’s not easy finding books that are more than 50 years old! I’m very thankful for the ones I have.
These wonderful stories made me think of some other oldies hanging around on the shelves at school.
I read through these today and I just really wish the books were in better shape. Honestly they need to be taken off the shelves but I’d kind of like to keep them for display purposes. Those covers are gorgeous! The scenes inside Little Boy Blue were so sweet! I was also surprised to see the book A Home For a Bunny is by Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon, and illustrated by Garth Williams. There is something about his work that just feels like childhood to me. He drew Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse in A Cricket In Times Square, the illustrations in the Little House On the Prairie series and even Charlotte’s Web.
I hope my nostalgic walk down memory lane brought back some great memories for you too!