It is Open House night at Forest Hill Elementary in Morganton, North Carolina. My new first graders trickle in. Some peek shyly at me from behind their parents’ legs. Others run in, followed by embarrassed-looking moms and dads.
“That’s your favorite book?” one of the runners asks accusingly, pointing at my copy of The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant on the “All About Me” bulletin board.
“It is,” I tell him. “We’ll read it together on the first day of school.”
“I have two favorite books,” he shares. “One is Thomas the Tank Engine and the other is a chapter book about Jesus.” He’s off and running again, leaving me a little relieved that he does sit still long enough to read.
To celebrate Children’s Book Week, this week’s question is more about reading than writing. What is your favorite children’s book?