Children’s Book Giveaway: Stella and Sam series - CLOSED!
July 20, 2010

Charlotte turns one today and in celebration, the books you see this week feature my very favorite picture book characters of all time.  World?  Please meet Stella and Sam, a pair of realistic, creative, dynamic, and fanciful siblings that no child’s library should ever be without.

There are eight books in the Stella and Sam series, all cleverly written and beautifully illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay.  Charlotte prefers the three books about Sam because they are smaller (thus, easier for her to hold) and have simpler, humorous story-lines.  She especially likes Good Morning, Sam which tells the story of little Sam turning to his big sister, Stella, for help getting dressed.  The part that always makes both of us laugh is when he gets stuck taking off his pajamas and panics thinking that his head has grown larger overnight.


That right there is why I love these books.  Author Gay not only manages to capture the innocence and overwhelming cuteness of childhood, she also does so with respect.  Sam is a toddler and he has both the unique perspective and the mannerisms of his age.  It is so easy to belittle such a young character, but the three Sam books instead focus on the way that he sees the world.  Sam seems enchantingly whimsical to parents, but to small children he is fun and familiar.  They identify with him.

And look, as far as I am concerned, children are never too young to find literary characters they can respect and relate to.  My daughter cannot understand Stella yet, but she “gets” Sam.  He is at once cautious and curious, hesitant and confident, sweet and innovative.  Adults might see him as an endearing bundle of contradictions, but Charlotte sees him as a little kid.  Just like her.

The Stella books are the bread-winners, though.  There are five of them, all featuring a fiery, ginger-haired little girl with a boundless imagination.  The last book in the lot, When Stella Was Very, Very Small is my favorite.  It shows Stella as a baby and, let me tell you, little baby Stella is beyond lovable.  She makes ordinary events, like taking a bath or playing in a sandbox, seem fantastic and captivating.

There is one page in particular that I find irresistibly charming: Stella is seen sitting at a table, looking at a book.  A cup of milk is being spilled on the floor and behind her, crayons litter the floor and butterflies are drawn all over the wall.  The text says: When Stella was very, very small, words looked like ants running off the pages.  Butterflies flew on walls, and cups jumped off the table, just like that!  Oh.  My.  Word.  Go ahead.  Try to resist the cute-ness.  I DARE YOU.

Anyway, the other four Stella books are just as sweet.  Those four are all, like the Sam books, conversations between the siblings.  Sam is full of questions – What do snowmen eat?  How do rocks grow so big?  Does the moon have wings?  Do catfish purr? – and Stella has all the answers.  Bold and brilliant, she introduces her little brother to the pleasures of a snowy day, to the summer fun to be had at the beach, to the mysteries of the forest, and to the secrets of the sky.

In short, Stella and Sam are a classic pair and Gay’s books are perfect.  They provide a glimpse into a magical childhood world that we all too easily forget and they are fun to read to children of all ages.  The illustrations are lovely and filled with winning details, such as the companionship of the siblings’ loyal dog Fred.  Every book can be used as a launching point for dozens of conversations, and they are all immensely artistic.  None of the books have any adults or any lessons in them, which I think is nice.  We have books with morals and books about love and family, but I also appreciate stories that can instill in my child a feeling of power.  Best of all, since the books are pure whimsy, they are a superb way to introduce children to the larger world of fiction.

Reading tip: When your child loses interest, STOP.  Reading should be an enjoyable activity, but the pleasure ceases when a child feels forced.  So if your child fusses during story-time, get up and walk away.  As they age, they will become more patient.  And the longer they feel reading is voluntary, the longer they’ll love dipping into a book or two.

About the publisher: Groundwood Books was founded in 1978.  They primarily (albeit not exclusively) focus on Canadian authors like Marie-Louise Gay.  They publish a variety of multicultural titles and several of their Latin-American books are published in both Spanish and English.  The Stella and Sam books are incredible – high-quality, beautiful colors, and phenomenal content.  Based on those eight books, I would say, hey, Groundwood Books?  Mission accomplished.  You can follow Groundwood Books on Twitter by clicking here and on Facebook by clicking here.

What to do: You can enter this giveaway by leaving a comment below or sending me an e-mail answering this question: who are your favorite children’s book characters?  All you need is an e-mail address.  The giveaway ends when we reach three hundred entries - or in ten days.  Whichever comes first.  The winning details will be revealed in two weeks.  You can enter once each day.  There are no other additional entries because, well, every parent deserves a fair shot - no matter where you live, what social media you use, or how many books you already own.  Children are all created equal.

To purchase these books: You can purchase any of the Stella and Sam books through Groundwood Books.  Each of the titles listed below links directly to that book’s purchase page.  The three with asterisks are the three that I most highly recommend, although I promise that all of them are fantastic.
    ** Stella, Star of the Sea
    Stella, Queen of the Snow
    Stella, Fairy of the Forest
    ** Good Morning, Sam
    Good Night, Sam
    Stella, Princess of the Sky
    What Are You Doing, Sam?
    ** When Stella Was Very, Very Small

Odin says: Please spread the word.  Twitter about these giveaways, or post links on your Facebook, or write about them on your blog, or e-mail them to your parent friend down the street.  If you have a chance, vote for me at Top Baby Blogs (click here) or Top Mommy Blogs (click here).  The more people we reach, the more books we can put in homes and the more children we benefit.  It’s that simple.

If you have a blog, I encourage you to take time this week to write a post about reading.  Then link that post up below.  If you want a button, you can find one by clicking here, and if you would like to link back to my website, that’s awesome.  But you don’t have to do either of those things.  As long as your post is legitimate, I’ll keep it linked – and I guarantee that as long as the link is valid, I will visit and comment.  Parent blogs reach MILLIONS of people every day.  Imagine the difference we can make if we work together.

*** The winner of last week’s giveaway for Me and You is Sara.  Congratulations, Sara!

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  1. By on July 20, 2010

    When I was a kid I love the Berenstain Bears!  Now I also love the Finnish Moomin Series.

  2. By on July 20, 2010

    I have fallen in love with Skippyjon Jones.  I read the books to my 11 month old son all the time and we can’t get through them with out lots of giggles!

  3. By on July 20, 2010

    With all the publicity for the upcoming movie, I’m reminded how much I loved Ramona Quimby when I was about 6 or 7 years old.  She was so spunky!

  4. By on July 20, 2010

    We love all the dr suess characters.

  5. By Cambria on July 20, 2010

    I loved Ramona and Beazus.

  6. By Tabitha (From Single to Married) on July 20, 2010

    I’d have to say Curious George, Berenstein Bears, and Babar.  Oh - and Richard Scarry’s characters, love them!

  7. By Jenny | The Balow Bunch on July 20, 2010

    Now with a baby on the way, I need to start entering your children’s book contests more often!

    My favorite character was probably the Berenstein Bears (er, family of characters).

  8. By Courtney L @ Bundle of Wonder on July 20, 2010

    The Boxcar Children were my favorite.  I know they’re chapter books, but I remember my mom reading them to me when I was 3 or 4 years old.  I’ve loved them ever since!

    Happy 1st birthday, Charlotte!  I hope she has a magical day!

  9. By on July 20, 2010

    My favorite was Corduroy bear. Makes me smile just thinking about him. :)

    Happy Birthday to Charlotte!

  10. By on July 20, 2010

    My favorite is the Cat in the Hat because I read him to my baby girl from memory every night as I’m rocking her to sleep.

  11. By on July 20, 2010

    Happy Birthday Charlotte!

  12. By Saranissa on July 20, 2010

    I loooove The Very Hungry Caterpillar… I buy it for all my friends and families little ones!

  13. By Sarah on July 20, 2010

    Anne of Green Gables . . . totally!

  14. By on July 20, 2010

    My favorite growing up was “the monster at the end of this book” by sesame street character Grover.  My mom was a riot with the suspenseful reading with this book, I adore this memory!  It was the first book I bought my little Katelyn…

    Happy birthday to Charlotte!

  15. By Mailis on July 20, 2010

    Anne Of Green Gables. I totally wanted to be her, or just live in her world for one day.

  16. By beanski on July 20, 2010

    Renee likes the Angelina Ballerina series and while it took me a a while to learn to like the whole ballerina thing, I think Angelina is fun.

    Happy Birthday Charlotte!

  17. By on July 20, 2010

    My favorites are Moomintroll and the Snork Maiden.  Also, Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter.  My two year old’s favorites?  Definitely Max and Ruby and Arthur.  Just the old books, she knows nothing of the TV shows!  Bliss!  Happy, happy birthday, Charlotte!

  18. By Christy on July 20, 2010

    I love the mouse from the mouse and the motorcycle.  It’s been years and years and years since I read those books but he stays with me.

  19. By on July 20, 2010

    Happy First Birthday Charlotte!!
    fastest. year. EVER.

    I have always been a sucker for a Dr. Seuss characters. All of ‘em.  their feet and wispy hairs and weird little bodies. i love them!

  20. By on July 20, 2010

    Clifford the Big Red Dog. I loved those books as a kid and now my daughter will have the chance to share those with me. :)

  21. By on July 20, 2010

    I really enjoyed Amelia Bedelia as a child.  My 6 mo old seems to prefer the Dr. Seuss books.  I have a few of them memorized and I find myself speaking in rhymes when I’m talking to my husband :)

  22. By on July 20, 2010

    i love reading the Dr. Seuss books a lot! my daughter really enjoys it though her attention span is rather limited at 4 months.

  23. By on July 20, 2010

    My favorite characters from my childhood were Ramona and Booky.  Not sure if Americans are familiar with the Booky series but it was fabulous when I was a kid.

  24. By Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife on July 20, 2010

    I loved a lot of books as a child!  I’d say one of my favorite characters was Ramona!

  25. By Heidi on July 20, 2010

    What cute pictures of Charlotte in this post!  Happy birthday, Charlotte!  :)

    I’m glad I have 10 days, or 300 comments, to list my favorite book characters, because I have a lot. 

    Today, I’ll choose any of Kevin Henkes mice characters.

  26. By jess; [the bottle chronicles] on July 20, 2010

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this series! I’m sure Nolan will love it! :)

  27. By on July 20, 2010

    ok… My sister and I lllloooooooovvvvveeedddddd babar! In fact, as I was going through Good night Gorilla with my daughter for the first time, I saw a babar book laying open in the elephant cage. Omg. How cute is that!? I called my sister and told her right away.  In the meantime, my husband just ouldnt understand why I was squealing about an elephant book. Lol.

  28. By Sarah Mudder on July 20, 2010

    Paddington Bear!

  29. By Chris Fretwell on July 20, 2010

    Llama Llama - we’ve read Llama Llama Red Pyjamma and Llama Llama mad at Mama.

    I need to get Llama Llama misses Mama. They are fun, the rhymes catch their attention they sort of teach too.

  30. By on July 20, 2010

    Right now, Zoë‘s favorite character seems to be the baby in Where’s Baby’s Belly Button or possibly Mr. Brown in Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You?

  31. By on July 20, 2010

    When I was teaching kindergarten the first olivia book came out. I just love Olivia because she was JUST like my kindergarteners! I’ve read one of the Stella books, but I need to check out the Sam books for my little guy! thanks!

  32. By Lyndsey on July 20, 2010

    Corduroy Bear and Berenstain Bears….hmmm bears much!

    happy birthday Charlotte

  33. By Beth on July 20, 2010

    Ooo…so many it’s hard to choose! I loved The Secret Garden and The Little Princess growing up. 

    Hope Charlotte has a great first birthday!  I will work on a blog posting again, too.

  34. By Katherine on July 20, 2010

    We love Llama Llama Red Pajama, too. Lately Brown Bear, Brown Bear is popular and two of my childhood favs: King Bidgood is in the Bathtub and The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear!

    Happy to have found your blog. Enjoying ‘You Might Also Like’ and reading older posts!

  35. By Janelle @ Brimful Curiosities on July 20, 2010

    My son loves books about vehicles and adores Dump Truck Dan and Jack Truck from Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown Series.  Both my kids also love the Pigeon in the Mo Willems books.  Thanks for the introduction to this series about two siblings.  I’m sure my kids would love to read them with me.

  36. By on July 20, 2010

    I love the characters of “The Napping House” this is still my favorite book. Thanks for the great review and info!

  37. By Kimberly O'Rosky on July 20, 2010

    Happy birthday Charlotte! I can’t believe that a year has already flown by!!! These books look adorable. I’m definitely adding them to my must have list. When I was little I loved the Bernstein Bears. I still have all of my books and plan on reading them to our little panda.

  38. By on July 20, 2010

    These books sound wonderful.  I know my grandchildren would enjoy the Stella & Sam books!

    Some favorites characters are Jack & Annie from the Magic Tree House series, Skippyjon Jones, Ramona, and also all the cute animal characters in the Sandra Boynton books.


  39. By on July 20, 2010

    Oh! Perfect timing for this post…I am attending the birthday party of a 4yr old girl this weekend and she loves books. And I think she will just LOVE the Stella and Sam books.  So shopping I go…YAY! 


    My favourite characters would have to be Robert Munsch’s characters - Elizabeth (Paper Bag Princess), Robin (Murmel, Murmel, Murmel), and Andrew (I Have To Go) name a few.

  40. By on July 20, 2010

    Black Beauty!

  41. By Mallory on July 20, 2010

    So, I thought I had commented, but apparently, I didn’t.  I’m a dork.  Anyway, my childhood faves were the Babysitter’s Club.  I loved those books.  I remember staying up way late into the night, reading with a flashlight so my mom wouldn’t come in and tell me to go to bed. 

    When I really young, I remember reading the Berenstein Bears a lot.  I really liked those too. 

    I wrote a blog about reading and linked it up.  I really love your book giveaways and think they are such a great idea.

  42. By Crystal on July 20, 2010

    Happy Birthday Charlotte! My favorite characters were Curious George - which Cain now loves too. When I was a little bit older my favorite was Ramona Quimby.

  43. By on July 20, 2010

    My favorite was all the Dr. Suess books and Lassie.

  44. By lana on July 20, 2010

    I LOVE children’s books!  In fact, my girlfriends threw me a “children’s book” shower, asking the guests to bring THEIR favorite story book as a child and to jot a note to Lailey, my then, unborn daughter, inside the book.  It started her library out with a LOT of books and we read them every single day.  I do not remember being read to much as a very young child, but my first memory of LOVING a book was the Miss Piggle Wiggle series.

    Love your blog!! Baby Charlotte is a doll! Wishing her a very happy Birthday!

  45. By beyond on July 20, 2010

    i always enjoyed fairy tales as a child, and the character of little red riding hood was always a favorite of mine.

  46. By jess; [the bottle chronicles] on July 20, 2010

    I just bought When Stella Was Very, Very Small thanks to your book review :) Nolan loved listening to it! Can’t wait to buy more of the series!

  47. By Amber @ Nater Tot on July 20, 2010

    I love the animals in the Sandra Boynton books. They are simple and silly. The best part for me, though, is that I am always guaranteed an audience from Nate when I pick up one of her books.

  48. By Lindsey on July 20, 2010

    We are huge fans of Brother and Sister bear around here.  Our little boy loves Berenstain Bears.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLOTTE!  Savannah isn’t too far behind you.

    Where in the world did this year go?!

  49. By on July 20, 2010

    Oh the places we’d go, with Dr. Seuss books to make us giggle…
    These books are so sweet, and would be such a treat!

  50. By on July 20, 2010

    Winnie the Pooh and the Berenstein Bears. We’re into bears around here! :)

    Happy Birthday to Charlotte!

  51. By Sarah on July 20, 2010

    We love Richard Munsch books and I can’t wait for my kids to get a little older and enjoy all the Narnia books and Beverly Cleary books with me!

  52. By on July 21, 2010

    We love to read Go Train Go!

  53. By on July 21, 2010

    I don’t think I’ve ever entered more than once, but I really want to win this time! :)
    Pretty much all through elementary school (and still, who am I kidding?) I wanted to be Laura Ingalls. She’s not so much a character as a real person, but still, I LOVED her, loved her books. made lean-tos in my woods and pretended to be her for hours, day after day.

  54. By Nicole on July 21, 2010

    Ramona Quimby is *still* my favorite book character!

  55. By on July 21, 2010

    gosh, it’s so much fun to look at other peoples comments and remember those fun books. I loved Ramona too. I also remember a book about an ankle grabber… I don’t remember who it was by, but it helped my sister and I get over our fear of the dark.

  56. By Jennifer W on July 21, 2010

    I loved the American Girl Collection. I every book book and oohed and aahed over all the dolls.

  57. By Julie on July 21, 2010

    One of my favorite current children’s book characters is Chico Bon Bon the Monkey with a Tool Belt in Chris Monroe’s books.

    Also, I just wanted to let you know that I shared this wonderful giveaway on my website:

  58. By beyond on July 21, 2010

    second entry…
    just saw someone mention ramona quimby who was a huge favorite of mine too!

  59. By Mailis on July 21, 2010

    Entry #2: :)

    I love the tiger in “tiger flower”...once he was king of the jungle, and now he is king of the grass because a huge wind blew up one day and carried everyone away to a land where that which was big becomes small, and that which was small becomes big.

    At one point he notes that he is no longer hunted, but that sometimes he is carried away in bouquets of flowers. CUTE!

  60. By on July 21, 2010

    Curious George! So sweetly troublesome!

  61. By Rachel Elizabeth on July 21, 2010

    I love Max from Where the Wild Things are and Winnie the Pooh

  62. By on July 21, 2010

    Milly Molly Mandy.  My grandma is English and would send me these books from England to read. Lovely girl who lived in a English village.

  63. By Mallory on July 21, 2010

    2nd entry

  64. By on July 21, 2010

    Frog and Toad, Anne of Green Gables, Ramona and Harriet the Spy when I was a kid. Now my daughter has gotten me hooked on Olivia.

  65. By on July 21, 2010

    I can vividly remember reading the Ramona books and can’t wait to share them with my girls when they are a little older. I also loved Curious George.

  66. By Sarah on July 21, 2010

    I have so many favorites…
    Oliva the pig
    My ultimate favorite? Little Women.

  67. By Mary @ Parenthood on July 21, 2010

    Didn’t I already comment?  I thought so.  Anyway, my favourite children’s book characters were probably the kids in the Swallows and Amazons series.  Boy did I want to play with them!

  68. By Jill on July 21, 2010

    A few things: first, Happy Birthday to Charlotte!  Second, I tried to link your reading button to my blog, but it didn’t work - probably because wordpress has different policies than blogger, they don’t allow ads and such.  If any wordpress users read this and know how it works, let me know!  Third, I wanted to promote your early reading work through the link, but not put name my name in the contest for the book give away, as I just won a book a few weeks ago.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and lovely stories with the world, and best birthday wishes to your baby girl!

  69. By Megan on July 21, 2010

    We LOVE the Skippyjon Jones series!  My soon to be kindergartener brings one of those to read before bed at least once a week!

  70. By on July 21, 2010

    Happy birthday to your adorable little girl!  Ramona Quimby forever (but I am excited at the prospect of discovering a brand new series with Stella and Sam)!

  71. By on July 21, 2010

    I loved Nancy Drew as a child.  I had two closets in my room growing up and one was set up as my library! :)  My son like Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter.

  72. By Lyndsey on July 21, 2010

    2nd entry I also liked Boxcar Children…

  73. By Gretchen on July 21, 2010

    I loved Anne from Anne of Green Gables when I was a child.

    I’ve Only read Stella Star of the Sea and can’t wait to read these books with my little one. The line “starfish are just stars that fell in love with the sea” is one of my favorites!

  74. By Ebie on July 21, 2010

    gosh, favorites are hard to pick. if i had to pick it would be the chronicles of narnia, which i read several times.

  75. By on July 21, 2010

    I loved the Mercer Mayer Little Critter books as a child.

  76. By on July 21, 2010

    second entry-I would really like to win this one!

    My favorite book as a kid was A Special Trade by Sally Wittman.  I love it to this day and still have my beloved and dog-earred copy which I now read to my son.

  77. By on July 21, 2010

    Curious George. Love that little monkey.

  78. By on July 22, 2010

    third entry….

    I was in love with the little house on the prarie series.

  79. By WaltzInExile on July 22, 2010

    The LM Montgomery “Anne of Green Gables” series was hands-down my favorite.  And now I’m reading it to my own little redhead!

  80. By on July 22, 2010

    One of my favorite characters is the little girl in KNUFFLE BUNNY.  Cute book!

  81. By on July 22, 2010

    (And happy birthday to Charlotte!! I can’t believe a year has gone by so quickly!  She has grown from an adorable baby into a beautiful toddler!)

  82. By on July 22, 2010

    Bunnies are for Kissing is an adorable book that my son loves.

  83. By Heidi on July 22, 2010

    I love the mouse in The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood.  His facial expressions are hilarious and make Molly laugh every time. 

    (I seem to have a mouse theme going on…)

  84. By Mallory on July 22, 2010

    3rd entry. 

    I also loved Anne of Green Gables.

  85. By Sarah on July 22, 2010

    My favorites were Amelia Bedilia, and Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and The Bobbsy Twins.

  86. By on July 22, 2010

    I love all of the Madeline books.  We read them so much that I knew them by heart.

  87. By on July 22, 2010

    this is gonna be quick cause my little man is crawling on the computer desk…I loved the little engine that could when I was little! :)  I think I can, I think I can!

  88. By on July 22, 2010

    second entry:

    Bear and his buddies from “the bear snores on” and other books in the series—great rhymes and fantastic illustrations

  89. By Mailis on July 22, 2010

    3rd entry:

    Emily, from Emily Of New Moon, by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Her “flashes”, climbing the alpine path, fights with Ilse and answering Teddy’s whistle. :) Delicious.

  90. By on July 22, 2010

    The Berenstein Bears were my favorite children’s book characters.

  91. By on July 23, 2010

    Max and ruby!

  92. By on July 23, 2010

    3rd entry:
    Frances from “Bread and Jam for Frances”

  93. By on July 23, 2010

    4th entry… Loved the old fairy tales. One of my faves was about the farmers daughter that has to stay silent while knitting sweaters for her brothers.

  94. By Amber @ Nater Tot on July 23, 2010

    Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading all of the other linked up blogs. I hope you do another theme like this again! And I saw Anne of Green Gables and Nancy Drew mentioned. Two of my all time faves! I also really liked the Sweet Valley Twins…very intellectual :)

  95. By Lyndsey on July 23, 2010

    Tried to vote yesterday so here’s 3rd vote

  96. By Lyndsey on July 23, 2010

    ....and my 4th vote for today

  97. By gwendolyn b. on July 23, 2010

    I love Charlie and Lola! But I must admit, Stella and Sam look adorable!

  98. By beyond on July 23, 2010

    eloise! eloise who lives at the plaza!

  99. By on July 23, 2010

    My 2 yr old is loving Curious George right now.  I loved so many as a child - Ramona, Anne of Green Gables, the Babysitter’s Club.  I just found your blog and am glad to come across such an advocate for reading with children!  SO important!

  100. By on July 23, 2010

    I also love Punchinello and Lucia from Max Lucado’s book, “You Are Special.“

  101. By Mallory on July 23, 2010

    4th entry

  102. By on July 23, 2010

    Today my favorite children’s book character is Wilbur of Charlotte’s Web.  Charlotte is the heroine, of course, but Wilbur is a real sweetheart!

  103. By on July 23, 2010

    the Berenstein Bears, Clifford, the author Richard Scarry’s book, Dr. Seuss, Nancy Drew, list goes on and on-we are a family that loves to read

  104. By Mailis on July 23, 2010

    Entry #4:

    Clifford the Big, Red Dog… :D

  105. By Mallory on July 24, 2010

    5th entry. I also really loved all the Judy Blume books.

  106. By on July 24, 2010

    Entry 5…

    Luohi, the Witch of North Farm. She steals the sun and moon when they are at rest in the boughs of a birch tree and keeps them under lock and key. She soon finds out that the world is a sad, dark, cold place without them.

  107. By on July 24, 2010

    Thing One and Thing Two and all other Seuss characters are a few of my favourites.

  108. By on July 24, 2010

    Another favourite book from my youth is Charlotte’s Web - Wilbur, Charlotte and Templeton…I love them all.

  109. By on July 24, 2010

    Today, I am thinking of Frances from the Frances books (Bread and Jam for Frances, etc).  She is such a cute badger!  Though her friend Thelma is a bit of a brat, I love her, too!

  110. By on July 24, 2010

    4th entry:
    in the past few months, we discovered a new series with the books “Hello Tilly,“ “Where’s Tumpty?“ and more. The illustrations are great and the characters are sweet and goofy.

  111. By on July 24, 2010

    When I was younger I collected all the Berenstein Bear books and then graduated to the R.L. Stine and Babysitter’s Club

  112. By Crystal on July 24, 2010

    Oh, I’d love to win these books, they sound great! My daughter LOVES the Fancy Nancy books.

  113. By on July 25, 2010

    5th entry:
    We like Elephant and Piggie in the Mo Willems books. Our favorite is “My Friend is Sad.“

  114. By on July 25, 2010

    Entry 6 (can you tell that I would love to win these?):

    Flutterby (of the Serendipity series by Stephen Cosgrove) is adorable. Is she a horse? Is she a butterfly?

  115. By on July 25, 2010

    Batman, Spiderman, X-Men…are they considered children’s characters?  I read comics all the time as a boy…let’s face it, I still do.  I probably appreciate them more today than I did back then.

  116. By on July 25, 2010

    The Bernstein Bears were another favourite.

  117. By Lyndsey on July 25, 2010

    Entry number 4 or 5….

  118. By on July 25, 2010

    Today, I am thinking of Alexander in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  We all have days like that, don’t we!  Thanks Alexander for helping us to realize we’re not alone!

  119. By on July 26, 2010

    My favorite children’s series is Amelia Bedelia :)

  120. By Kate on July 26, 2010

    I really enjoyed reading all the Babysitter club books when I was small.

  121. By Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife on July 26, 2010

    I used to love The Little Engine That Could.

  122. By Dana on July 26, 2010

    love clifford. thank for doing this

  123. By on July 26, 2010

    I absolutely adored Ramona, and still do.

  124. By Mallory on July 26, 2010

    I also really over the book The Giver.

  125. By on July 26, 2010

    I love Betty Bear from “Betty Bear’s Birthday”. It’s an old book but was totally my favorite when I was little.

  126. By on July 26, 2010

    My fave childhood book characters were Curious George, all of the Richard Scarry characters, and a specific character from a Shel Silverstein poem of the same name, “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout [who] would not take the garbage out!“  Thanks for your great blog!

  127. By on July 26, 2010

    Another of my favorite characters was Madeleine—I loved how brave she was.

  128. By on July 26, 2010

    6th entry:

    A friend bought us the Pinkalicious series and they are a hit.

  129. By on July 26, 2010

    My favorite character was Paddington Bear!  and Pippi Longstocking. . . and Madeleine

    I never could pick a favorite!

  130. By on July 26, 2010

    I LOVED the babysitters club growing up. Also, if you can get your hands on a book titled Miss Rumphius, I think you would really enjoy her company too :) Also really like all Mo Wilems characters. Especially the Pigeon.

  131. By on July 26, 2010

    My favorite character was always Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle! How did she always know?!

  132. By on July 26, 2010

    I always like Richard Scarry books. As a child, I ate up the illustrations!

  133. By on July 26, 2010

    i love so many!  i really like max from where the wild things are.  i love george in bark george!  and madeline of course!

  134. By on July 26, 2010

    Sarah, Plain and Tall… :)

  135. By on July 26, 2010

    Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn - one of my favorites as an adolescent

  136. By ...and baby makes five! on July 26, 2010

    Right now, we are loving the Richard Scarry clan and Curious George. I also have a stack of Mrs. Piggle Wiggle just itching to get brought out when my kiddos are a big older!

  137. By on July 26, 2010

    I always loved Ramona, and I am definitely excited about the movie that’s coming out soon! :)

  138. By on July 26, 2010

    Here’s my daily entry :)

  139. By on July 26, 2010

    Today, my favorite character is Corduroy from the children’s book series.  I just love that teddy bear!  No surprise that my teddy bear was called Corduroy when I was little.  Corduroy is the perfect balance of curiousity and innocence.

  140. By on July 26, 2010

    just another daily entry…

  141. By Candice on July 26, 2010

    My favorite character is definitely Rainbow Fish
    My daughter’s is the Brown Bear from Brown Bear Brown Bear, What do you See?

  142. By on July 26, 2010

    Any of Roald Dahl’s young heroes such as in “The Witches,“ “The BFG,“ “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,“ “The Twits” and more…!

  143. By on July 27, 2010

    7th entry…
    the Sandra Boynton board book characters are so sweet and hysterically funny. my daughters love “dinosaur’s binket” and “barnyard dance,“ while my favorites are “hippos go beserk” and “my oh my oh dinosaur.“

  144. By on July 27, 2010

    Another favorite is Lowly Worm from Richard Scarry’s books.

  145. By Mallory on July 27, 2010

    I love, love, love the book Walk Two Moons.

  146. By Lyndsey on July 27, 2010

    another entry (I have totally lost count)

  147. By on July 27, 2010

    Robert Munsch’s character Mortimer (“Mortimer, BE QUIET!!!!“..)

  148. By on July 27, 2010

    another daily entry!

  149. By Jennifer W on July 27, 2010

    Here’s my 2nd entry. :)

  150. By on July 27, 2010

    Today I read “Where the Wild Things Are” to my students so Max would have to be my favourite character today.

  151. By Kelly on July 27, 2010

    Right now my daughters favorite character is…Olivia. She cannot resist any good Olivia book…and before Olivia entered our lives it was ALWAYS…Brown Bear, Brown Bear :)

  152. By on July 27, 2010

    Today, the children’s book character I am thinking of is Mary in The Secret Garden.  She is a beautiful example of positive transformation in a child!

  153. By on July 28, 2010

    I’ve always liked Alexander from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day :)

  154. By on July 28, 2010

    just my daily entry…

  155. By on July 28, 2010

    I forgot one of my absolute favorites, the Cat in the Hat! Dr. Seuss was truly a genius.

  156. By on July 28, 2010

    I’m entering again :)- another suggestion- LOVE Anne of Green Gables.

  157. By Mallory on July 28, 2010

    Another daily entry

  158. By on July 28, 2010

    another entry….
    Richard Scary’s Busytown books are pretty fun—my daughter love that the illustrations are so silly.

  159. By Mailis on July 28, 2010

    Curious George.. :D Especially since Jude resembles him these days.

  160. By Jennifer W on July 28, 2010

    Here’s my daily entry. :D

  161. By on July 28, 2010

    My daily entry :)

  162. By on July 28, 2010

    The “BFG” by Roald Dahl is another favorite.

  163. By on July 28, 2010

    “PEEPO” is one of my very favorite children’s books.  The character is “a little baby” - nameless but adorable.

  164. By on July 28, 2010

    Hi Sarah,

    The children’s book character for whom I am full of appreciation today is The Velveteen Rabbit (by Margery Williams).  This character & story shows how love transforms.  Unfortunately, I can’t read the story without weeping, so I don’t read it as often as I’d like to!

  165. By on July 29, 2010

    and another one…
    We love Ella the elephant from “Ella Takes the Cake” and the others in the series by Carmela D’amico. She’s a great cross between Olivia and the Babar characters…and I totally want to live in their pachyderm paradise that looks like a great seaside French village.

  166. By Lyndsey on July 29, 2010

    another entry!

  167. By on July 29, 2010

    Let’s see… One favorite was Max from Where the Wild Things Are.

  168. By on July 29, 2010

    Hi Sarah, I know lots of other people have mentioned her, but I also adore Madeline.  Who couldn’t love that spunky, little, red-headed French girl!  I also love her hound, Genevieve (who makes her appearance in “Madeline’s Rescue”)!

  169. By Mailis on July 29, 2010

    Winnie The Pooh… :D

  170. By Mallory on July 29, 2010

    Another entry.

  171. By on July 29, 2010

    Today’s entry :)

  172. By Mailis on July 30, 2010

    My brain is fried today, so I am just entering… :)

  173. By Saranissa on July 30, 2010

    Darn, I didn’t read your notes thoroughly enough and thought you could only enter once!  Never mind.  Here is my 2nd entry, if it is not too late. 

    As a tween I was a huge Enid Blyton fan, the St Clare’s books, Mallory Towers, Famous Five, Secret Seven and the Faraway Tree… Classics!

  174. By on July 30, 2010

    last entry…

    saved the best for last—curious george and hundley, too.

  175. By on July 30, 2010

    Ooh, ooh, I almost forgot Amelia Bedelia!

  176. By Mallory on July 30, 2010

    Another entry

  177. By Janelle on July 30, 2010

    Daily entry…also stopped by to link up a recent book review to your reading linky.  We enjoyed City Dog, Country Frog this week.

  178. By on July 30, 2010

    Hi Sarah,
    Is this contest still open?  Today, I am going to say that my favorite children’s book character is Winnie the Pooh (and Eeyore and Rabbit and Piglet, too).  Honestly, every character I name is my favorite!  I have so many!  Actually, I’m kinda surprised I didn’t think to name the Winnie the Pooh characters the very first time I entered your contest.  They are very near and dear to my heart!  I think my favorite of all is Eeyore.  A lot of days, I feel a bit Eeyore-iss!

  179. By on July 30, 2010

    Just stopping by for my daily entry and to cast my daily votes for you :)

  180. By on July 31, 2010

    Also Calvin and Hobbs. Love them.





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