• Mrs. Hromowyk's Recommended Reads 
    and tips for fostering a love of literature in your child
    Picture Books

    Curious George by Margaret and H.A. Rey (1941), Houghton Mifflin.
    Symbolizing the joyful and unwitting monkey in all small children,
    George is still going strong after more than 60 years, and has never been out of print.

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch (1986), Firefly Books.
    This sentimental favourite speaks of the devotion between parent and child.

    The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (1985), Houghton Mifflin.
    This book won the Caldecott Medal for its majestic illustrations and simple but impassioned story about how believing keeps us young at heart.

    The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, 1902.
    First written in a letter to amuse a sick child, this quintessential cautionary tale has been gently and humorously warning young readers about the consequences of misbehaving for over a century now.

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963), HarperCollins.
    Despite the controversy it stirred in the ’60s over whether the scary Wild Things should be shared with children, this award winner continues to find allies in
    children and parents the world over.


    First Readers (4–9)
    ANY DR. SEUSS Book

    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (1957), Random House.
    Master of rhyme Theodor Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) created this book in response to an article in
    Life magazine that lamented the use of boring reading primers in school. The fun, nonsensical verse and large, bright illustrations single-handedly killed Dick and Jane.

    Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel (from 1970), HarperCollins.
    These wise and funny stories about best friends — written by one of the most highly honoured children’s book creators of all time — have inspired children to enjoy the pleasure of reading on their own.

    Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne (from 1992), Random House.
    Fascinating facts, the intrigue of time travel and easy-to-read short chapters all combined to change the world of first novels forever. Eager second-graders can’t seem to get enough of Jack and Annie’s adventures, flying through the 28 books.


    Intermediate Grades (8–12)

    Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, 1908.
    The feisty red-headed orphan, outspokenly passionate about life, has become a Canadian icon.

    **Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (1952), HarperCollins.
    As fresh as it was 50 years ago, this engaging story still has the power to mesmerize with its lessons about friendship and life told through the characters of Charlotte the spider and Wilbur the pig.

    Harry Potterseries by J. K. Rowling (1998), Raincoast Books.
    The first — and the best — book in the series, published in Canada as
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
    , was rejected by several publishers before it took the world by storm. This undisputed literary phenomenon is credited with getting kids to read again (and inspiring their parents to read the same books!). They are, bar none, the best-selling books in history, having sold more than 200
    million copies to date.

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950), HarperCollins.
    The magic of Narnia, and its epic battle between good and evil, has won over generations with its blend of adventure, humour, fantasy and allegory.

    Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne (1926), Penguin.
    Milne’s whimsical works about the beloved “bear of little brain” and his friends in the 100 Acre Wood, continue to enchant kids and parents with their ability to find wonder and mystery in the most ordinary things.

    The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1900.
    Described as the first truly American fairy tale, it’s one of the most-read children’s books of all time.

    Alice Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, 1865.
    What began as a story told to the real Alice (the daughter of a colleague) at a picnic became a children's book unparalleled for its satire and wit.


    Young Adult (10+)
    *Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos (1998), Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
    Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. He learns the hard way that he shouldn't stick his finger in the pencil sharpener, or swallow his house key, or run with scissors. Joey ends up bouncing around a lot- and eventually he bounces himself all the way downtown, into the district special-ed program, which could be the end of the line. As Joey knows, if he keeps making bad choices, he could just fall between the cracks for good. But he is determined not to let that happen.

    The Giver by Lois Lowry (1994), Random House.
    With wide appeal to mid-grade, young adult and adult readers, this “cultural lightning rod” has sparked passionate discussion about the utopian society it depicts.

    Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1977), HarperCollins.
    The powerful tale of prota-gonists Jess and Leslie, which illustrates how friendship can transcend death, has become required reading for young students.
    Fostering a Love of Literature
    Without doubt, reading with children spells success for early literacy. Putting a few simple strategies into action will make a significant difference in helping children develop into good readers and writers. For more information and fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader, please take a look at the link below.