Day 1: Monday

Unknown Books by Popular Authors

Written by: Snow

Some authors get popular for only certain books, but have such a wider library. Here are a few of my favorites you may not have heard of.

1. Margaret Wise Brown, Wait Till The Moon Is Full: Probably best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown also penned this charming book about a young racoon who wants to go explore the wide world, but must wait till the time is right. This book is written in an interesting combination of prose and song/poem.

2. Joan Aiken, Arabel's Raven (illustrated by Quentin Blake): If all you know about Joan Aiken is her Wolves of Willoughby Chase, this will be an amusing change of pace. There are three books in this chapter book collection of stories about a naughty raven who becomes Arabel's pet after being hit by her dad's cab. These stories are a good selection for bedtime read-alouds and they have the added attraction being illustrated by Quentin Blake (yes, he illustrated more than just the Roald Dahl books.)

3. Dav Pilkey, The Paperboy: A change of pace for Pilkey, best known for the Captain Underpants series. This sweet picture book is an intimate portrait of a little boy on his morning paper route. This book would be a good one to bring out when Grandpa starts his "Back in my day" lecture and your child subsequently asks "what's a paper route?"

4. Ursula K. Le Guin, Catwings: This quartet of books by the author of the Earthsea Cycle bridges the gap between early reader and chapter book. Averaging about 50 pages, they are short enough to be read in one sitting, or be an excellent choice for younger advanced readers. Who wouldn't love to see cats with wings? Well, most adults for one thing, who have a hard time reconciling things that fall outside of their realm of understanding. But children understand the cat's need to find a safe haven, and every adventure in this set of books has a happy ending.


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