What is Children's Lit without Lowly Worm, The Giving Tree, Jemima Puddle Duck, and Eeyore (you thought I was going to say Peter Rabbit & Pooh, didn't you)?
Beffie (Uncle E & Aunt C's youngest daughter) is taking a class on Children's Lit in college while she's working towards her teaching degree. Yesterday she was telling me about the teacher's requirement that they read a certain number of children's books from certain authors. Since my children live in a children's library, I offered to loan her the books she needs.
A few minutes ago she came by to pick some out with the author list in hand. All I can say is: What is wrong with this teacher?! Sure, she had some great children's authors on the list like Mercer Meyer, Margaret Wise Brown, Eric Carle, and Maurice Sendak along with some newer but just as wonderful names like David Shannon & Mo Willems (if you've missed out on the No David or The Pigeon books, get thee to a Library). But at the same time, she's missed out on the truly important ones like A.A. Milne, Shel Silverstein, Beatrix Potter, and Richard Scarry.
I'm not saying I want to teach a college course on Children's literature, but I have to admit it does worry me that the next generation of teachers could be limited to The Little Critter books & what ever Hollywood says is "in" right now. Classics are classics for a reason.
What are your favorite picture books from your childhood? What are your current favorites? Is there any book you'd put on the 'must read' list for up coming teachers?