Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Children's Classics of Tomorrow

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Children's Classics of Tomorrow

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THE difference between classic children's literature like "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel," by Virginia Lee Burton, and recent phenoms like "Clifford The Big Red Dog," by Norman Bridwell, is the ability to "strike a universal chord" with the reader, says Jim Trelease, author of "The Read-Aloud Handbook."

Of course, identifying a book with real appeal is a lot easier in hindsight than foresight. Nevertheless, we asked Trelease and three local experts - Jeri Levesque, associate professor at Webster University's School of Education; Tamara Rhomberg, president of the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association; and Cindy Russell, children's book department manager at The Library, Ltd. - to predict which contemporary children's picture books might become classics. Here's what they said:

Trelease: "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?," by Bill Martin; "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie," by Laura Joffe Numeroff; "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," by Eric Carle; "Where the Wild Things Are," by Maurice Sendak; "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs," by Jon Scieszka; and "Frederick," by Leo Lionni. …

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