Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award.
His popular works include About Average,Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.
My wife Rebecca and I have four sons, and as they grew up, bedtimes and long car trips and summer vacations were endlessly enriched by great writers and illustrators. Picking only five was tough, as our debt of gratitude extends to so many others as well.
By E.B. White
This book is wonderfully wise and flawlessly written, and it’s also a grand example of what an illustrator can bring to a novel. The teacher in me has given everyone in our family a long term assignment: read Charlotte’s Web every five years for the rest of your life, with the promise that each time it will offer something new and profound. I think it is one of the best novels ever written in English. When I need to get inspired about writing, I read E.B. White.
Ages 8 and up | Publisher: HarperCollins | April 10, 2012 (Reprint) | ISBN-13: 978-0064400558
Margaret Wise Brown and Garth Williams made this a family favorite early on, and its almost cinematic appeal never wanes. This dog gets things done.
Ages 3-7 | Publisher: Golden Books | February 2, 2001 (Reprint) | ISBN-13: 978-0307001436
By James Marshall
These four little stories have the perfect balance of warmth and mischief, and they made for a lot of happy bedtimes.
Ages 5-8 | Publisher: Sandpiper| October 25, 1982 | ISBN-13: 978-0395329214
By Arnold Lobel
Arnold Lobel became a family member, and amid the laughs we all thought a lot about kindness and friendship and patience.
Ages 5-8 | Publisher: Scholastic | February 18, 2003 | ISBN-13: 978-0064440202
Ages 5-8 | Publisher: Scholastic | February 18, 2003 | ISBN-13: 978-0064440219
This was our first long, long story. That it grew from the life and experiences of a real person gave it extra power and depth.
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: HarperCollins | October 12, 2004 (Reprint) | ISBN-13: 978-0060754280
Find out more about Andrew Clements, visit: AndrewClements.com