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Finding Comfort in a Book

Diana Huss Green, Founder of Parents' Choice, called upon a group of longtime Parents' Choice friends - critics, teachers, librarians, moms and dads for help giving families some "time out" from the world. Her criteria for the group's suggested list of Read Aloud Together Comfort Books follow:

  • Each book must have a sustaining skeleton of universal moral values. Kindness, truth, love, and decency -- all the life basics you learned from the one or two people you've most respected in your whole life.
  • After that the stories need a beginning, middle and an end, a satisfying end. Humor of course will add to the richness but not before or even up close to fully rounded characters, a narrative voice of unwavering goodness and a tone of unwavering courage.
  • A tidy little world in which virtue is rewarded and evil is punished? Not necessarily. We, and our children are too sophisticated for that. But not too sophisticated for a rollicking good story to divert our overburdened souls.

    We hope you enjoy the results.

    Ages 4- 8 Years

    A Child's Garden of Verses
    By Robert Louis Stevenson

    A Hatful of Seuss
    By Dr. Seuss

    Frog and Toad are Friends
    By Arnold Lobel

    George and Martha
    By James Marshall

    Mama Elizabeti
    By Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, Illustrated by Christy Hale

    Mailing May
    By Michael O. Tunnell, Illustrated by Ted Rand

    Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
    By Virginia Lee Burton

    Millions of Cats
    By Wanda Gag

    Nessa's Fish
    By Nancy Luenn, Illustrated by Neil Waldman

    Not So Fast Songololo
    By Niki Daly

    Now One Foot, Now the Other
    By Tomi de Paola

    Pinkerton Behave
    By Steven Kellogg

    Tales of Peter Rabbit
    By Beatrix Potter

    The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
    By Judith Viorst

    The Birchbark House
    By Louise Erdrich

    The Nutshell Library
    By Maurice Sendak

    The People Could Fly – American Black Folk Tales
    By Virginia Hamilton

    The Real Mother Goose
    By Blanche Fisher Wright

    The Stories Julian Tells
    By Ann Cameron

    The Story of Ferdinand
    By Munro Leaf

    Ten, Nine, Eight
    By Molly Bang

    String Bean’s Trip to the Shining Sea
    By Vera B. Williams

    The Velveteen Rabbit
    By Margery Williams Bianco

    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
    By Verna Aardema


    Ages 9-12 Years

    Adventures of Pinocchio
    By Carlo Collodi

    A Wrinkle in Time
    By Madeleine L'Engle

    By Maude Hart Lovelace

    Charlotte’s Web
    By E.B. White

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    By Ian Fleming

    How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have?: And Other Tales
    by Julius Lester

    Mary Poppins
    By P.L. Travers

    MC Higgins the Great
    By Virginia Hamilton

    See You Around, Sam!
    By Lois Lowry

    The Book of Three
    By Lloyd Alexander

    The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie the Pooh
    By A. A. Milne

    The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
    By C.S. Lewis

    The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
    By Chris Van Allsburg

    The Phantom Tollbooth
    By Norton Juster

    The Princess and the Goblin
    By George MacDonald

    The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
    By Christopher Paul Curtis

    Through the Mickle Woods
    By Valiska Gregory

    The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe The Phantom Phonebooth The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh See You Around Sam! MC Higgins the Great Mary Poppins Charlotte's Web A Wrinkle in Time Frog and Toad Are Friends A Child's Garden of Verses Not So Fast Songololo Mailing May The Real Mother Goose The Tenth Good Thing About Barney Pinkerton Behave Why Mosquitos The Velveteen Rabbit

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