At School on Wheels we are very, very passionate about education and child literacy.  So, even though Children’s Book Week in America is over 200 days away, we decided to get a jump on things this year and celebrate the English equivalent, which is celebrated in the UK October 1-7!  Here’s a list of our favorites, assembled by our very own volunteers and staff members!

If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff:  This is a book that I always had and was always carrying around with me, whether to school or to my Grandma’s house, and it was so funny that I would read it again and again. I’m pretty sure I still know a few pages by heart. It reminds me of home, too. Plus, the pictures are pretty great. – Katie, School on Wheels Tutor, Julian Center

The Giving Tree by  Shel Silverstein: A simple and beautiful tale with a timeless message for children and adults alike. True friendships last forever and ever, and it is in giving that we truly receive. – Sally, School on Wheels Staff

The Little Wombat books by Charles Fugge: This is a children’s book series I enjoy as an adult.  Wonderful illustrations, simple but moving stories, lots of opportunities for children to predict what will happen next, and Little Wombat is just so darn cute! Even though he does get into trouble… um… rather a lot.  But it always works out by the time the story ends! – Pete, School on Wheels Tutor, Dayspring Center

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst: This book taught me that things are not always as bad as they seem,  everyone has bad days, and to find the humor or the bright side when things don’t go my way.  Even though I felt for Alexander, I knew I did not want to be as grumpy as him.  – Julie, School on Wheels Tutor, Wheeler Mission Center

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak: With mesmerizing art, an inventive story, a good moral, and just enough mischief, it’s a classic for a reason.  Follow along with Max and let the wild rumpus begin! – Alex, School on Wheels VISTA

Heidi by Johanna Spyri: I loved this book because the main character, Heidi, did things that most people didn’t get to do. – Nancy, School on Wheels Tutor, Indianapolis Public School 14

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats: I loved this book! The simple pictures captured Peter’s adventures in his neighborhood after a big snow.  As a child, I could relate to Peter because I loved playing in the snow, but the big kids’ snowball fights always scared me a little! – Karen, School on Wheels Staff

The Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Warner: I remember my teacher Miss Baron reading The Boxcar Children in the first grade and I loved every minute it of it. It was about 4 orphan brothers and sisters who stumbled upon an old train boxcar in the woods and transformed it into their home. They had lots of fun adventures and came up with very creative ways to live and enjoy their new home. They helped each other as a family and each kid had a job, even an injured dog that they found and adopted had an important role in protecting them. Their lives change when they meet a very special person… but I’ll let you find out who that is when you read it! I hope you love it as much as I did. If you do, there are many more books to enjoy in the series! – Betsy, School on Wheels Tutor, Project Home Indy

The Ice Cream Cone Coot and Other Rare Birds by Arnold Lobel: I inherited this book from my sister as a child.  Imaginative birds made from every day objects?  Who wouldn’t want one of those as a pet?  My favorite were the Buttonbeaks: If you look down upon your shirt front, that’s where they can be found! – Shalyn, School on Wheels VISTA

Snuggle Puppy!: A Little Love Song by Sandra Boynton: My husband and I have enjoyed reading this book to our daughters, we love the rhymes and rhythms of the book. Definitely a family favorite! – Laura, School on Wheels Staff

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White: I like it because it’s about Fall (my favorite season) and the illustrations are really great. – Margaret, School on Wheels Tutor, Salvation Army Barton Center

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder: I remember it being one of the first chapter books I read on my own- probably in the 2nd grade.  It was fantastic to me how the story built on itself, one chapter after the next, always wanting me to read further to find out more. I felt a connection with “Laura” as she was about my age at the time.  It made me very interested in what life was like back then, but also made it very real, as I could relate to her feelings at that age.  And, it had to do with the Midwest of the United States which is where I am from.  All these reasons made me feel very “bound” to the book and has probably been why they continue to hold a special place in my heart and childhood memories! – Mandy,  School on Wheels Tutor, Salvation Army Barton Center

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl: A magical journey of a sneaky fox and his friends as they try to escape the tyranny of the three mean farmers of the area, Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Not to mention that this quote adequately prepares any child for adulthood. “I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.” – Nick, School on Wheels VISTA

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown: My children loved this one; it was the book I always read to them! – Ed, School on Wheels Tutor, Salvation Army Social Service Center

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch: I remember my mom reading this book to me and even at a young age thinking it was a powerful message.  Now reading it as an adult I have a deeper understanding of the message but can still hear my mom reading it and feel the same sweet, innocent feeling that I felt as a child. – Samantha, School on Wheels VISTA

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey: This book is a classic.  It was written in 1941 and one I enjoyed having read to me as a child.  I loved the illustrations, especially the “bird’s eye views.”  I read this book to our three children who are now grown, married, and have children of their own.  Our children loved Make Way for Ducklings and always wanted me to read it “one more time.” Even though the illustrations look dated to young readers today, our eight grandchildren still love hearing and seeing the adventures of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their eight ducklings.  – Jean, School on Wheels Tutor, Interfaith Hospitality Network

Did we miss one of your favorite children’s books?  Add to our list by commenting below!

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