Read All About It!


“Read All About It” is the invitation given to boys and girls this year during National Children’s Book Week, November 14–20. Libraries or bookstores can expand your world of friends. Here are a few new books as well as some old ones that you might want to read or give as gifts.

Anno’s Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno draws the young into an adventurous world of numbers and counting. Anno achieves this by cleverly changing the scenery, seasons, and the activities of the people and animals in her simple watercolor pictures. (Crowell)

The Amazing Bone by William Steig is a 1977 Caldecott Honor Book about a pig named Pearl who finds a talking bone. They become friends immediately, and Pearl gently places the bone in her purse. From then on their adventures together are pure delight. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Ashanti to Zulu written by Margaret Musgrove and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon earned the 1977 Caldecott award for the Most Distinguished Picture Book for children. From A to Z insight is given into the customs and celebrations of twenty-six different African tribes. (Dial Press)

Harriet and the Runaway Book by Johanna Johnston is the story of Harriet Beecher Stowe growing up before the Civil War and how she came to write her famous novel about slavery, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. (Harper & Row)

Hurry Home, Candy by Meindert De Jong is a sensitive story about the journeys of a stray dog named Candy. After reading this book children will have a deeper understanding of animal ways and an increased appreciation for creatures of the earth. (Harper & Row, also in paperback)

Grand Papa and Ellen Aroon by F. N. Monjo tells of a wonderful relationship between Ellen and her grandfather. Sometimes she visits him at his country home and sometimes in Washington, D.C., at the White House. Her grandfather, Thomas Jefferson, was the third president of the United States. (Holt, Rinehart and Winston)

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink is a popular classic that has been loved and read since 1935. The experience of redheaded Caddie and her brothers on the Wisconsin frontier of the 1860s is filled with fun and adventure and a discovery of what growing up truly means. (Macmillan, also in paperback)

Children’s Stories from Around the World is a book prepared by the Friend magazine staff just for you to enjoy. Some of your favorite stories from the Friend are included. (Deseret Book)

Cranberry Christmas by Wende and Harry Devlin tells how Crabby Cyrus Grape tries to spoil the holiday season for Mr. Whiskers, Maggie, and the other children of Cranberryport. (Parents’ Magazine Press)

Becky’s Christmas by Tasha Tudor is a delightful story of an old-fashioned holiday filled with nut cracking, baking, cutting down a Christmas tree, making secret gifts, advent calendars, a nativity scene, and that special Christmas day celebration. (Viking)

Friend to Friend is another book that has been compiled from the pages of the Friend magazine. Read the experiences, stories, and messages from the General Authorities written especially for the boys and girls of the Church. (Deseret Book)

[illustration] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney