This impressive collection of concept books, wordless books, picture books, and read-aloud stories was artfully compiled by longtime children's book editor and publisher Janet Schulman. Stories are coded red, blue, and green to designate age groupings from baby/toddler books such as Whose Mouse Are You?, through preschool books such as Where the Wild Things Are, to longer stories for ages 5 and older such as Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The reason the book isn't bigger than Babar is because many of the illustrations from each story were reduced or removed to fit the anthology's format. (Leo Lionni's Swimmy, for example, takes up 5 pages total, compared to its original 29 pages.) Brief biographical notes that are surprisingly quirky shine a little light on the 62 authors and illustrators, and an index helps, too, for the child who likes one story best. We love the idea of being within easy reach of a Star-Belly Sneetch, a William Steig donkey, and a Sendak monster at all times, and we're sure your little bookworms will, too. (Click to see a sample spread from The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury, compilation copyright © 1998 by Janet Schulman, illustrations © renewed 1997 by William Steig.) (All ages) --Karin Snelson
They love these classic books, and we love them because we remember reading some of these same stories as children.
For the old favourites you've always loved and the new ones you'll wish you had as a kid, this book makes a timeless addition to any children's library.
We received this book as a baby gift for our now-10-year old son, and it has been a bedtime story basic ever since.
This book contains many of childhood favorites. When I was a parent starting out, I remembered a couple of books I had enjoyed as a child, but didn't really know where to begin... Read morePublished 9 days ago by T-Rex 5
This is THE BEST book ever! My 4 year old son LOVES it! We read 1-2 stories from it every night :)Published 24 days ago by Rachel Felker
absolutely wonderfulwe use this in our home school and my 5 year old daughter loves it they combined newer stories with classic stories and they label each story by whether it's a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jenny
I bought a lot of story collections to celebrate my new arrival to minimize space needed to store them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Agbowo
The stories in this book are superb. We have read and re-read and re-read again. But as wonderful as the stories are, many of the illustrations are missing or much too small. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anisha Hopkinson
This treasury is wonderful; the selected books include many that are now favorites (some well know, others less so, but nearly all wonderful: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, A Chair for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Linda Cuckovich