Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book
edited by Anita Silvey
(Roaring Brook Press, hardcover)
Recommended for ages 10+
Books are magical things, and most people can name a handful of books from their childhood – books that helped them learn to read or showed them how powerful stories can be. Anita Silvey, former editor of the Horn Book Magazine, has compiled a book full of such stories. Each page spread contains a short essay by a famous person about his or her favorite children’s book, as well as an excerpt and a history of that book. The volume features such important people as Gregory Maguire, Jay Leno, Kathy Bates, Russell Freedman, Dave Eggers, Lois Lowry, and many more.