More Books in the Home!


More Books in the Home is the challenge given to boys and girls during the 60th anniversary National Children’s Book Week, November 12–18.

Family home evening would be an ideal time to share your own books or some from a nearby library. Here are a few of them that your whole family will enjoy.

Each Peach Pear Plum, a picture book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, offers a delightful invitation: “In this book with your little eye take a look and play ‘I spy.’” (The Viking Press)

The Incredible Year-Round Playbook by Elin McCoy is an imaginative activity book centered around the seasons of the year. You’ll have fun making Eskimo snow goggles and performing sun scorcher tricks! (Random House)

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost is a book beautifully illustrated by Susan Jeffers, who adds her own magic and beauty to this well-known winter poem. The whole family will enjoy sharing this book, especially around Christmastime. (E. P. Dutton)

The Cay by Theodore Taylor is a sensitive story about a boy stranded on an island with an old man whom he learns to appreciate through their mutual survival and in spite of their differences. (Doubleday & Company, Inc.)

The Anti-Coloring Book by Susan Striker and Edward Kimmel is filled with projects to stimulate children’s imaginations and creativity. The end result is that no two of these books, once read and used, are alike. (Holt, Rinehart and Winston)

Take Joy! written and illustrated by Tasha Tudor, contains many of the best-loved Christmas stories, thoughts, poems, recipes, and carols that can bring to any reader the special joy of Christmas. (World Publishing)

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a Caldecott Medal book. In this collage and watercolor picture book a small boy experiences the excitement and joys of a snowy day. (The Viking Press)

Clyde Monster by Robert L. Crowe, illustrated by Kay Chorao, gives a new twist to the feeling of being afraid of the dark. (E. P. Dutton)

The Westing Game, the 1979 Newberry Medal winner by Ellen Raskin, is an intriguing mystery book involving sixteen people who are invited to hear the will of a very rich man. If they play the game right, they could become millionaires! (E. P. Dutton)

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt is a story of the Creighton family’s personal struggles during the Civil War. This beautifully written book was a runner-up for the Newbery Medal. (Grosset and Dunlap, Publishers)

[illustration] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney