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5 Family Favorites with Andrew Clements

The Children’s Book Review | December 15, 2013

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Andrew Clements

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,TroublemakerExtra 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.

Andrew Clements' four boys—a good thirty years ago.

Andrew Clements’ four boys—a good thirty years ago.

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.

CharlottesWebCharlotte’s Web

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

The-Sailor-DogThe Sailor Dog

By Margaret Wise Brown and Garth William

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

GeorgeAndMarthaOneFineDayGeorge and Martha One Fine Day

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

FrogAndToadAreFriendsFrog and Toad Are Friends and Frog and Toad Together

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

Little-House-CollectionThe Little House series

By Laura Ingalls Wilder

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

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