A Few Haiku for You

Look around outside. What do you see? A bird? A flower? A sunset? A tree? Each one would make a great haiku — for you!

 

The Japanese haiku, one of the oldest forms of poetry, teaches us much about the art and craft of poem-making. The entire poem consists of only three short lines, yet the haiku contains all the basic elements of poetry.

 

The haiku is understated and concise. It is lyrical and dramatic, poignant and precise, personal and universal. Sometimes it is witty. But always it is ethereal and timeless, as meaningful today as it was hundreds of years ago when Basho, Buson, Issa and the other masters of haiku first began exploring its potential as an art form.

 

Here are a few samples of my haiku. I hope you enjoy them. I followed the Japanese tradition of using seasonal imagery to portray the cyclical aspect of Time and Nature.

 

After reading through these, you may want to try writing some of your own.

 

SUMMER

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June

The cricket calls to

the meadow, each evening he

hears his echo sing.

 

July

Beyond fields of rice

shadows sway to moonlight’s breeze,

lithe bamboo dancers.

 

August

Listen, the forest

waits for summer’s final song,

the whippoorwill sings.

 

FALL

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September

Shadows bow to the

setting sun, pray to the sky

for blessings of light.

 

October

Artist autumn comes,

paints her blush across each tree,

drops palette, and leaves.

 

November

Geese fly south pulling

over the mountaintops a

stone curtain of sky.

 

WINTER

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December

The last lullaby,

an owl cries out through the pines,

the north wind answers.

 

January

A sleeping doe stirs

beneath her blanket of dawn,

a new year rising.

 

February

The sea lion roars

across the far horizon,

storm clouds stalk the shore.

 

SPRING

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March

A field full of pale

parachutes, dandelions

adrift in the wind.

 

April

Ivory butterflies

perch on black branches,

the dogwood blossoms.

 

May

The cherry blossom

wakes, stretches, opens herself

to the morning sun.

 

 Charles Ghigna lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He served as poet-in-residence and chair of creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, instructor of creative writing at Samford University, poetry editor of English Journal for the National Council of Teachers of English, and a nationally syndicated poetry feature writer for Tribune Media Services. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of more than 100 books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., Abrams, Boyds Mills Press, Charlesbridge, Capstone, Orca and other publishers. He speaks at schools, conferences, libraries, and literary events throughout the U.S. and overseas, and has read his poems at The Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Library in Paris, the American School in Paris, and the International Schools of South America. For more information, please visit website at FatherGoose.com

Poems About Poetry for National Poetry Month

Have you ever read a poem ABOUT poetry?

Have you ever written one?

 

All it takes is a metaphor (comparison) and your imagination!

 

Here are some poems with metaphors

that compare poems to lots of different things.

 

 

What’s a Poem?

 

A whisper,

A shout,

Thoughts turned

Inside out.

 

A laugh,

A sigh,

An echo

Passing by.

 

A rhythm,

A rhyme,

A moment

Caught in time.

 

A moon,

A star,

A glimpse

Of who you are.

 

 

A Poem is a Spider Web

 

A poem is a spider web

Spun with words of wonder,

Woven lace held in place

By whispers made of thunder.

 

 

A Poem is a Firefly

 

A poem is a firefly

Upon the summer wind.

Instead of shining where she goes,

She lights up where she’s been!

 

 

A Poem is a Rosebud

 

A poem is a morning rose,

A promise just begun,

A blossom new with fragrant dew

Unfurling in the sun.

 

 

A Poem is a Mirror

 

A poem is a mirror

Sitting on a shelf

Inviting you to come and view

Reflections of yourself.

 

 

A Poem is a Painting

 

A poem is a painting,

A masterpiece divine,

Hanging on display inside

The gallery of your mind.

 

 

A Poem is a Song

 

A poem is a song

Made of color,

 

A rainbow

Made of sound,

 

A painting

Made of memory,

 

A paradise

Found.

 

 

A Poem is a Play

 

A poem is a play

meant to delight.

 

A poem is a show

meant to excite.

 

A poem is a song

full of desire.

 

A poem is a sunset

meant to inspire.

 

A poem is a secret

shared with friends.

 

A poem is a promise

that never ends.

 

 

A Poem is a Busy Bee

 

A poem is a busy bee

Buzzing in your head.

His hive is full of hidden thoughts

Waiting to be said.

 

His honey comes from your ideas

That he makes into rhyme.

He flies around looking for

What goes on in your mind.

 

When it’s time to let him out

To make some poetry,

He gathers up your secret thoughts

And then he sets them free!

 

 

A Poem is a Little Path

 

A poem is a little path

That leads you through the trees.

It takes you to the cliffs and shores,

To anywhere you please.

 

Follow it and trust your way

With mind and heart as one,

And when the journey’s over,

You’ll find you’ve just begun.

 

Charles Ghigna – Father Goose® lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He served as poet-in-residence and chair of creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and as a nationally syndicated feature writer for Tribune Media Services. He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books for children and adults from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., Abrams, Charlesbridge, Capstone, Orca and other publishers. His poems appear in hundreds of magazines from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Cricket and Highlights. For more information, please visit his website at FatherGoose.com

The Real Reason There Are No Ads in Cricket Media Magazines

I work in the marketing department at Cricket Media, so naturally it is my job to get the word out about how great our magazines and products are. CRICKET magazine has been entertaining children since 1973 and like many of the people who work here, I distinctly remember racing to the mailbox every month when I was a child to see if my new issue had arrived. If it had, many hours of reading (and imagining) would follow.

 

As a marketer, I’m lucky to be able to represent a product that I really believe in and still enjoy reading to this day. If you’ve read any of our 11 award-winning magazines you know that they are filled with well-written and meticulously researched stories and articles (see, there’s the marketing side of me coming out…). And you also know that there is no outside advertising in our magazines. This has always been the case since the magazines began more than 40 years ago and it is something that the marketing department at Cricket Media believes in and takes very seriously to this day. We do not market outside products to children. Period. When your child flips open one of our magazines, you can be assured that only high-quality, age-appropriate reading material will be inside. No ads. No stories made to look like ads. No peer pressure. No fooling.

 

While advertising directly to children is certainly not uncommon (just watch any show on Nickelodeon or take a walk down the cereal aisle of your local supermarket), the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood has documented how marketing directly to children contributes to many problems facing children today including:

 

  • increasing childhood obesity
  • encouraging eating disorders
  • and promoting violence.

And that’s why commercial free entertainment zones are so important for kids. I’ve personally cancelled subscriptions to other children’s magazines after flipping open to an ad instead of real content, and I hope you do the same for your kids. Children simply do not have the experience or the knowledge necessary to be able to distinguish things they need from things they want or things that are good for them vs. things that may be harmful. As parents, we must guard their hearts and their minds and work to preserve their childhoods as long as possible.

 

So that’s why there are no ads in our magazines and why as both marketers and parents, the marketing team here at Cricket Media will work to keep it that way. Your children and ours deserve to grow up reading our magazines without having to worry about being marketed to. We vow to be a “commercial free entertainment zone” you can count on for many years to come.

 

Discover Summer: Read to Develop Critical Thinking Skills

Helping our kids develop critical thinking skills can be one of the most challenging tasks we have as parents.  Teaching them to not only pay attention to how their behavior affects those in their day to day life, but how it can cause a ripple effect that impacts society as a whole is important to us all.

 

Kids with strong critical thinking skills have more self confidence, intellectual curiosity, and are motivated to learn. Can you guess what activity can help develop critical thinking skills?  

 

If you said “reading’, you are correct!

 

How Reading Helps Develop Critical Thinking

 

  • A key component of critical thinking is to be able to draw from your own experience and knowledge. The more you read, the more you learn, plain and simple.
  • Reading helps us learn about and understand the experiences and perspectives of others.
  • Language development and critical thinking go hand in hand.  Reading expands a child’s language development and strengthens their critical thinking skills.

 

Our world is becoming more and more complex. To succeed, our kids will need strong critical thinking skills.  So, encourage them to read (especially during the summer) each and every day!   

 

Many people don’t realize we publish 11 different children’s magazines! So, whether you have a budding scientist, a creative storytelling writer, a mini-Picasso, or an adventurous history buff at home,  we have a magazine for them filled with stories created to encourage them to think, imagine and believe.

 

Discover Summer Reading Program: Week Three

 

We are sharing  stories around a popular summer theme for you to download and read with your kids. Even if they only read the story we share each week, it can still make a difference in stopping the summer learning slide.

 

Week 3: Gardening/Growing Things
Fresh from the Farm
by Buffy Silverman

Click Magazine
October 2015

Fresh from the Farm - Cricket Media
Weeds and Worms and Things That Squirm
by Gail Parker

Ladybug Magazine
June 2010

 	Weeds and Worms and Things That Squirm - Cricket Media

Looking for the previous weeks? Discover Summer Reading Program

Cricket Writers and Illustrators Receive SCBWI Recognition

Since 1973, we have featured stories written by some of the most talented, creative, and smart writers in the world and ensured those stories are accompanied by illustrations created by equally amazing and talented artists. Every story and each illustration on the pages of any of our 11 children’s magazines is there to encourage young readers to think, imagine and believe. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that many of our featured writers and artists have received national and international recognition and accolades throughout the years, including being recognized by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

 

SCBWI 2016 Magazine Merit Awards

 

SCBWI Merit Awards 2016 Each year the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators awards Merit Plaques and Honor Certificates for fiction, nonfiction, YA fiction/nonfiction, illustration and poetry, which appeared in magazines during the past year.  Stories and Illustrations featured in our children’s magazines were among the recipients.

 

Congratulations to everyone recognized by SCBWI.  To appreciate and celebrate their well deserved recognition, download and enjoy their award winning stories and illustrations that appeared on the pages of our magazines last year…

 

2016 Merit Plaque Winner for Illustration
Lori McElrath Eslick
Cricket Magazine
A Strip of Blue
September 2015
"A Strip of Blue" - Cricket Magazine
2016 Merit Plaque Winner for Poetry
Neal Levin
Spider Magazine
Cavemanners
November/December 2015
Neal Levin  Spider Magazine “Cavemanners” November/December 2015
2016 Honor Certificate for Nonfiction
Elizabeth Armstrong Hall
Spider Magazine
Homecoming
July/August 2015
Elizabeth Armstrong Hall Spider Magazine “Homecoming”  July/August 2015
2016 Letter of Merit for NonFiction
Robin A. Zimmerman
Dig Into History
Joy Ride in a Paint Box
May/June 2015
Robin A. Zimmerman Dig Into History “Joy Ride in a Paint Box” May/June 2015
2016 Letter of Merit for Poetry
Jessica Shaw
Ladybug Magazine
My Favorite Sounds
May 2015
Jessica Shaw Ladybug Magazine "My Favorite Sounds"  May 2015
2016 Letter of Merit for Fiction
Sue Gagliardi
Ladybug Magazine
Just Enough for Me
September 2015
Sue Gagliardi  Ladybug Magazine "Just Enough for Me"  September 2015

Toddler Tech

When I was pregnant and took a tour of my daughter’s future daycare, I wasn’t surprised to see a computer lab called “Tech Town.” I assumed Tech Town was for the older kids, since the school went up to kindergarten, so I was surprised to find out that weekly trips to the computer lab began at age two.

 

Two?

 

That seemed nuts. Was that safe? Healthy? Could it hurt their eyes? What could a two-year-old possibly get out of a computer? What if the kids stumbled upon something inappropriate or gross or scary?

 

It was like I suddenly turned into my grandmother, fearful about children and the unknown dangers of (shudder) WATCHING THOSE NEW FANGLED TELEVISION SETS.

 

So I did what all good parents do when it comes to questions about how to raise their kids: I turned to the Internet. There, unsurprisingly, I found an enormous amount of conflicting theories.

 

There are advocates who say introducing children to computers at an early age will give them an intellectual advantage by teaching problem-solving skills, increase hand-eye coordination, and stimulating their young, hungry minds. A UK site study found that children who had five years of experience using computers by the time they entered elementary school were more likely to excel in mathematics.

 

Proponents believe two is an ideal age to start because toddlers have the attention span and hand-eye coordination necessary to understand the mouse and its relation to the arrow on screen. Kids at this age can grasp concepts being introduced by simple computer games and graphics. They enjoy the visual and audio stimulation provided by brightly colored images and the clicking of the mouse. Many games and activities are aimed at the two-year-old age range with the intent of not only providing entertainment, but also giving them a jump-start on early skills like colors, the alphabet, vocabulary, and even second languages.

 

Critics, on the other hand, point out that you don’t have to use a computer to teach children the same skills. A major concern, and one folks still have with the (now) old fashioned-television set, is that children might develop an over-reliance on the computer, which can lead to long-term problems such as impaired social skills or physical effects like obesity. A more global concern is the limited sensory stimulation experienced by young children using computers.

 

Children’s brains are designed to develop best when stimulation comes through movement, touch, smell, and even taste, as well as vision and hearing.

 

Here’s my take: As with television, it sounds like the solution lies with moderation. If your toddler seems interested, let him or her play around on a computer or tablet with supervision. There are lots of really fun and excellent sites out there geared for younger kids. Make sure you set limits from an early age so kids don’t feel like the computer is a toy they are entitled to use whenever they want or rely on it as a fallback option just because they are bored. Just like you might set television watching limits, start implementing computer rules such as what sites they can visit, who needs to be there when they go online, and a daily time limit for computer use.

 

If you need help defining these limits, experts at the UCLA Health System and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend an upper limit of one to two hours per day total use of TV and computers together for young children. Sites like healthychildren.org also provide recommendations for both TV viewing and Internet use.

 

And as you introduce them to the computer, encourage a healthy balance with traditional learning toys to give them the hands-on, sensory experience the computer lacks. For example, after your child plays a few games of Ant Parade, which helps kids learn to count using animated brightly colored animated insects, take him outside and have him count real ants.

 

When your child reads or listens to a story on the television or the computer, make sure you spend the same amount of time (or more!) reading aloud to him so that he gets the stimulation of being able to ask questions, to point out the parts that interest him, and understand that reading is enjoyable and important. (For more about the benefits of reading to young children, read our blog post.) Babybug, Ladybug, and Click magazines are written specifically for young children and are a perfect foil to the electronics that invade our lives every day.

 

Cricket Media Mama has ordered her entire family to turn off their electronics in an attempt to go back in time 10 years. Wish her luck.

Have You Heard About Our New Bug Band?

If you happened to look at the address bar on the latest issues of Cricket Media’s 11 award-winning magazines, you may have noticed something new: a line of small circles each with a character or symbol relating to a specific magazine. Each circle is in black except the magazine you are looking at, which is shaded green. The circles are arranged in age order from Babybug, which is for babies and toddlers to Cicada, our magazine for teens. Below the new “bug band” (as we are calling it here in our offices), is the issue date, volume, age range, and our website.

 

So What’s the Big Deal?

 

Good question. There are a few good reasons to notice our new bug band. The first is that seeing where your child’s current magazine falls on the scale will give you a good idea of which magazine to move up to when your child seems to be outgrowing their current issue. Our customer service team makes it easy to transfer your subscription to the next level or next topic with no hassle. Just call and they will take care of the rest.

 

Another reason is to showcase just how many magazines we have in our family. If you only get Babybug, you might not realize that there is Ladybug and Click and Spider and Ask all waiting for your child as he or she grows up.

 

Finally, each icon shows one of our beloved characters. We are proud of our little character friends, from feisty Spider (from Spider Magazine, naturally) to technically-minded Marvin the Raccoon, the mascot of Ask. Want to find out which character you are most like? Take our brand new character quiz and we’ll tell you!

 

Thanks for learning a bit more about our bug band. We hope it helps your family keep track of your subscriptions and introduces you to characters and magazines you may not have met before.

Make the most out of reading with your young child

by Denise Yellen Ganot

 

It is no secret that reading to and with your children has social, emotional, and intellectual benefits. The good news is that it doesn’t take much—maybe just a bedtime story, or a cuddle on the couch with a good book—to achieve these benefits. When it comes to reading with your child—no matter what age—a little bit goes a long way.

 

As a preschool and kindergarten teacher, I often have parents ask me how they can best prepare their children for kindergarten. Do they need to pay a tutor? Which apps are best? What flash cards do I recommend? My answer through the years has never changed. Just read, I say. Read to your child. Enjoy your child. That is all it takes.

 

As we enter the angst-filled summer months before parents send their newly-minted kindergarteners off to school, I’d like to share a few tips that will ensure that your student is ready to absorb all that kindergarten has to offer.

 

Read often.

The benefits are astounding. So many studies have shown that kids who are read to from an early age go on to be readers themselves. These children develop rich vocabularies, empathy, problem solving skills, and more. The best side effect of all? Caregivers and children share quality uninterrupted time together.

 

Choose books from a variety of genres: poetry, humor, fiction, nonfiction, mystery, fairy tales, and more!

I suggest that you expose your child to as many different types of literature as possible from an early age. This way, your child is more likely to develop a love of literature. One day, in the not so distant future, it will also help to develop your child’s writing skills and sense of story. Need some ideas? Here is a list of books that may help.

 

Let your finger be your guide: point.

It sounds so simple, but the mere act of pointing to words on the page as you read is what helps your child develop concept of print. Your little reader will learn so much from watching you point to the words on the page:

 

  • Directionality: in English, we read from left to right
  • One-to-One correspondence: letters together make words Each spoken
    word corresponds to a word on the page.
  • Sight word recognition: words like a, the, is, or other frequently appearing
    words will become familiar as your child listens to you read and watches
    the words on the page.

Take time to enjoy, preview, and discuss the pictures.

The pictures tell the story. They tell the readers what to expect in the story; illustrations are often as rich as the story itself! Emergent readers learn to use picture clues to figure out words as they work to become independent readers. The more you show your child to appreciate the pictures, the more skills s/he will develop just by sitting and reading with you.

 

Have fun!

Ignore your phone, switch off the television, and snuggle up with a book and your child(ren). Make it special.

 

There is nothing more calming than sitting and reading a book with a child. I have taught classes of 30 or more students who can be loud and unruly at times. The second I pull out a book, children are focused, quiet, and engaged. Try to involve your children as you choose stories for your time together. Make trips to libraries and bookstores.

 

My own daughters are 12,11, and 7. Not a day goes by without a story for each one of them. Sometimes we read together, other times each child has her own special time with me. Despite all of the other benefits I have mentioned here, my personal favorite side effect is the calm time together. No matter what kind of a day they have had at school, who fought with whom, who yelled at whom, we know there is one time of day when all is forgotten and replaced by our love for each other and—of course—reading.

 

For a monthly delivery of stories, poems, and non-fiction articles for kids from 6 months to teenagers, be sure to subscribe to your favorite Cricket Media magazine

 

Denise Yellen GanotDenise is a mother of 3 girls, and a teacher. She has taught Pre-K through Grade 2. She loves kids, writing, teaching, and writing about all of the above. She has had her blogs published on numerous sites. Read her blog at deniseyg.wordpress.com.

Where Did I Go?

Recently, we posted a new rare children’s book to our Story Bug app called A Apple Pie. This book, written and illustrated by Kate Greenaway, belongs to the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress and was originally published in 1886. It’s a beautiful book with Kate Greenaway’s iconic style of illustration, but when we went through the book to prepare it for publication on our app, we noticed something peculiar. A Apple Pie is an alphabet book that has no separate entry for the letter “i”. At first we thought it was an error or that the page was missing, but the experts at the Library of Congress set us straight.

 

According to the LOC, “the modern letter “j” originated as a variation of ‘i’, and both were used interchangeably for both the consonant and the vowel until the 16th century.” However, by the time A Apple Pie was published in the 19th century, “i” and “j” were both in common usage so it was likely Kate Greenaway’s personal choice to use only the one letter in her picture book.

 

Story Bug - A Apple Pie

 

Our Story Bug version of the A Apple Pie comes straight from the LOC and showcases Kate Greenaway’s lovely artwork. You and your children will enjoy seeing the beautiful clothing worn by children of the time period and will be transported back to this time of simple pleasures when eating a delicious slice of apple pie was a rare and exciting treat.

Story Bug

 

Cricket Media’s Story Bug app combines video chat with a shared reader displaying educational books to enable story time with loved ones anywhere, anytime, allowing families to read together, even when they are physically apart. Download the app to see read A Apple Pie (and several other rare books from the Library of Congress) for free with your children. We will keep adding more of these historical gems over time so be sure to check back soon.

 

Learn more about Story Bug and our Library of Congress partnership: Story Bug: Read Books Together Anywhere

Reading for Joy on Read Across America Day!

By Jenni Buchanan, Reading Rainbow Mom

March 2nd is Read Across America Day, an annual reading motivation and awareness celebration founded by the National Education Association on March 2, 1998 in honor of the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. This is a day not just to celebrate, but to revel in and share the joy and happiness that comes from reading.

 

We all know just how important reading is. Reading is important because it’s how we learn about our history and how we came to be where we are today. Reading is how we learn about the world around us, other cultures and people on the other side of the world, or even just on the other side of town. Reading is part of how we learn useful information such as the best time of year to plant cucumbers or how to build a model rocket.

 

But here’s a secret… Reading is important not just because it gives us information, but also because reading brings us joy.

 

Books can always be counted on to make me happy when I’m feeling down. Whether it’s a book of jokes, a humorous novel, or a cheerful character, reading the right book at the right time can always lift my spirits.

 

This is something I’m passing on to my kids as well–not just that reading is important for school, but that reading is a joyful activity in and of itself. When one of my kids is tearful or frustrated I know it’s time to pull out the books and snuggle up on the couch. 10 minutes spent snuggling and hearing mom do silly voices for Frog and Toad is guaranteed to turn the day around!

 

We as parents have so many important things to teach our kids: How to ride a bike and tie a shoe, how to get along with friends and what it means to be a good person. But we also teach our kids about happiness—not just what it means to be happy, but in many cases, HOW to BE happy. Books can help us do this.

 

Next time you or your child is feeling down let a book cheer you up! Of course everyone will have their own special books that make them smile, and kids are more likely to get joy out of their reading when they get to choose their own reading material, but here are a few of my personal favorites for kids AND grownups.

 

Cat in the HatThe Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (ages 3-9) – When in doubt, you can always turn to the man who inspired Read Across America Day himself, and his story of the cat who transformed a dull, rainy afternoon into a magical and just-messy-enough adventure.

 

“Look at me!
Look at me!
Look at me NOW!
It is fun to have fun
But you have to know how.”

 

 

Room on the BroomRoom on the Broom by Julia Donaldson (ages 3-9) – A colorful and funny story in verse about a friendly witch and what happens when she continues to make “room on the broom” for new creatures and friends.

 

“The witch had a cat
and a very tall hat,
And long ginger hair
which she wore in a plait.
How the cat purred
and how the witch grinned,
As they sat on their broomstick
and flew through the wind.”

 

Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant (ages 5-10) – What’s a pig to do when he moves into a new neighborhood with a nosy llama living next door? Why make friends, of course!

 

“Cherry Sue was Poppleton’s new neighbor.
Cherry Sue was very friendly.
In the morning she called out,
‘Yoo-hoo! Poppleton! Would you like some oatmeal?’
So Poppleton had oatmeal with Cherry Sue.”

 

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

 

 

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume (ages 8-12) – Peter Hatcher has nice parents, a great best friend… and little brother named Fudge who drives him crazy! Peter tries so hard to be a good and responsible brother. With a sibling like Fudge, it’s not always easy, but it’s always funny!

 

“Eat it or wear it”

 

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (ALL ages) – Rat and Mole are the quintessential best friends, two calm and reasonable animals who just want to enjoy spring on the river that runs through the woods. Then they visit Toad, who longs for adventure and excitement… and is somewhat lacking in common sense. Adventure and hilarity ensue!

 

“’We shall creep out quietly into the butler’s pantry–’ cried the Mole.
‘–with our pistols and swords and sticks–’ shouted the Rat.
‘–and rush in upon them,’ said Badger.
‘–and whack ‘em, and whack ‘em, and whack ‘em!’ cried the Toad in ecstasy, running round and round the room, and jumping over the chairs.”

 

 

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter (ALL ages) – When first published it was known as “The Glad Book” and Pollyanna as “The Glad Girl.” Pollyanna’s funny scrapes, and undeniable positive outlook will always be able to make you glad as well.

 

“The game is to just find something about everything to be glad about—no matter what it is.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope these books will inspire happiness in your family as much as they have in mine. And if you have your own “Happiness Books” please share in the comments!

 

Happy Reading!

 

About Reading Rainbow: For more than 30 years, Reading Rainbow has been inspiring children to read, first with our award-winning PBS TV show and now with Skybrary, our library of quality children’s books and video field trips on the web or on mobile devices. Find out more or try Reading Rainbow Skybrary for FREE at www.readingrainbow.com

 

As the Reading Rainbow Mom, Jenni Buchanan enjoys encouraging readers of ALL ages to believe that they can “go anywhere, be anything.” See more of Jenni’s blogs and tips for parents about children’s reading on the Reading Rainbow Blog, or follow her on Twitter.