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Singing my ABCs…

February 5, 2012

I want to say big thank you to Debbie at Two Minutes of Grace, for sharing the ABC award with me. The time it has taken me to respond is no indication of how much I appreciate being thought of by Debbie.

The ABC instructions are:

Add the logo to your site.
Pass the ABC award on to other bloggers.
Use the alphabet to make a list of words describing you so readers will learn more about you.

I am pleased to pass the ABC award along to these wonderful bloggers:


The Reinvented Lass

Carol Wiebe Wonders Out Loud



for the love of Nike

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally, and often far more, worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” ~ C.S. Lewis 

Debbie, I borrowed your C.S. Lewis quote to introduce my ABC list, not of words, but of children’s books I love.  Some are from my own childhood, some from my daughters, and some I have enjoyed reading to my grandchildren.  I have used many of them in my therapy practice with people of all ages.

An Alphabet of Children’s Books

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Judith Viorst
Angelina Ballerina – Katharine Holabird
Are You My Mother? – Phillip D. Eastman

Best Friends for Frances – Russell Hoban

Corduroy – Don Freeman, Calamity – Camilla Ashworth

Dinosaur’s Divorce – Marc Brown

Ella the Elegant Elephant – Carmela & Steven D’Amico

Franklin in the Dark – Paulette Bourgeois

Giving Tree, The – Shel Silverstein
Guess How Much I Love You – Sam McBratney

Horatio’s Bed – Camilla Ashforth

I Promise I’ll Find You – Heather Patricia Ward
I Was So Mad – Mercer Mayer

Just Like You – Jean Fearnley
Just Go to Bed – Mercer Mayer

Kissing Hand, The – Aubrey Penn

Llama, llama, Red Pajama – Anna Dewdney

Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo 
Midnight Farm, The – Reeve Lindbergh

Not A Box – Laura Vacaro Seeger

Oh The Places You’ll Go – Dr. Seuss
On The Night You Were Born – Nancy Tillan

Polar Express, The – Chris Van Allsburg

Quiet Book, The – Deborah Underwood

Ride a Purple Pelican  – Jack Prelutsky

Stellaluna – Janell Cannon
Snowy Day, The – Ezra Jack Keats

Talking Like the Rain – X.J. & Dorothy M. Kennedy

Up and Down – Oliver Jeffers

Velveteen Rabbit, The – Margery Williams

Whale’s Song, The – Dyan Sheldon

Pooh’s Xylophone Book,  closest I could come to get an “X”. 

You and Me, Little Bear – Martin Waddell 

Zoo for Mr. Muster, A – Arnold Lobel

How many of you have found yourselves singing the ABC song in your head, maybe even under your breath, when trying to put something in alphabetical order?  Please tell me I’m not the only one.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2012 11:31 pm

    I love this list! It reminds me of when my son was young AND gives me new ideas for my niece!

    Lovely photo too.

    I worked in libraries in high school and college. We ALL sang the ABC’s (under our breath) all day long!

    This post made me smile Paulann! Thank you!

    Peace, Jen

    • February 5, 2012 11:52 pm

      Thanks, Jen! I’m sure in the next few days I’ll think of several books I wish I had put on the list.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the photo. It’s my granddaughter reading one of her books to my dad. It’s one of my favorite moments.

      Thank goodness I’m not the only one singing the alphabet song!

  2. February 6, 2012 1:21 pm

    A counselor who uses childrens books! I knew I’d love your work!!

    Thanks for the post. I’m enjoying your site.

    • February 6, 2012 1:26 pm

      Thanks, Heidi! Sometimes I think children and children’s books are my greatest source of wisdom, and reality! I’m glad to have discovered your site as well. I love the “think tank” of the writing community.

  3. February 6, 2012 1:34 pm

    Paulann – What great fun! I can’t wait to tackle your list (of course, I have to find a tiny library that will let me have a temporary card down here – far, far from nowhere)!
    You are an ever gracious woman!

    • February 6, 2012 2:16 pm

      Happy reading! I look forward to hearing which are your favorites. I also meant to include the website for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. It’s pretty neat:

      Thank you for your kind words and thoughtful reading and writing.
      Take care ~ Paulann

  4. Carol Wiebe permalink
    February 6, 2012 6:48 pm

    Thank you, Paulann, but I am going to respectfully decline participating in this, as fun as it looks. My plate is piled high, and my mind is positively swimming with ideas about my future art works, never mind my workplace projects.

    I loved your list, though. I’ve shared a lot of those books with my kindergarten students. I am so glad you included Oliver Jeffers– Lost and Found is a personal favorite.

    • February 6, 2012 10:53 pm

      Thank you, Carol. I totally understand the time and energy constraints. I look forward to future art works and musings as you “wonder out loud”.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the children’s book list. I keep thinking of ones I should have included. ~ Paulann


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