Our feeble attempt at a Desert Island 10

Friday, December 21, 2007.

Andrea and Mark at the Kidlit ConferenceYou’d think it would be easy to pick favourite children’s books. Indeed, that’s what Mark thought.

As it turns out, there are far too many amazing children’s books, authors and illustrators to limit ourselves to just ten choices. Even so, Mark suggested we try compiling our Desert Island 10 — books we’d need to have with us if we were stranded on a desert island.

The list that follows captures the names of books, book series and authors mentioned.

Are you brave or crazy enough to create your own Desert Island 10? Share your list as a comment on this post, send your MP3 recorded or type-written list via email to justonemorebook@gmail.com, or phone it in to our listener feedback line (206-350-6487).

* Congratulations to Andrea Beaty. Her book, Iggy Peck, Architect, is one of Time Magazine’s top ten children’s books of 2007!

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Comment by Andy J Smith

December 21, 2007 @ 7:23 am

and there’s my Christmas reading list! Thanks! Happy Holidays!

Comment by Andrea Beaty

December 21, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

Hey Andrea and Mark!

It warms my heart to hear that you’ll be taking IGGY PECK and DOCTOR TED if you get stuck on a desert island. I once got stuck on a desert island. Well, actually, it was more of a dessert island. Well, actually, I just spent a long time in a bakery once. But they didn’t have books. Just these wonderful, wonderful cream puffs . . . mmmmmm . . . cream puffs . . . . (insert Homer Simpson drooling sounds here) . . .

But I digress. Your podcast has put me to thinking of my own list of favorite kids’ books to carry in my luggage any time I fly over the ocean. Just in case. Here they are (in no particular order).

– Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk. I could read this book 1 million times and never tire of it.

– Stinky Cheese Man by John Scieszka & Lane Smith

– Click, Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin

– Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

– Sailor Moo by Lisa Wheeler — I LOVE this book for every possible reason.

– Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies by Carolyn Crimi

– Cha Cha Chimps by Julia Durango. (Confession. I would actually bring along all of Carolyn and Julia’s books because they would be almost as much fun as bringing along those funny wonderful Chicks! Then, I’d kidnap Julia and Carolyn, too. They’d make any desert island more fun.)

– 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter. (This book gets my vote for Caldecott. It’s simply brilliant. Best picture book of the year.)

– Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman. (Because I can spend weeks looking at the tree party at the end.)

– Dr. Seuss — can’t choose just one.

– A Child’s Anthology of Poetry published by Ecco Press in 1995 and edited by Elizabeth Sword. It has everything from Shel Silverstein to Yeats.

Okay. It’s really 11ish. But that’s pretty close. All I’ll need now is a submarine (a large one) so I can sneak off the island and bring along some novels!

Thanks again for all your kind words about Iggy!

Here’s to a great New Year with Just One More Book!!

All my best,

Andrea Beaty

Comment by Mitchell

December 22, 2007 @ 11:11 am

Hi Andrea and Mark:

I was so intrigued by your “feeble attempt” that I made the attempt myself on my own podcast. The Desert Island Ten segment begins at about the 24:00 mark. My list begins with an early favorite, A Wrinkle in Time, and ends with a brand-new favorite, Criss Cross.

Thanks for the inspiration, and keep up the excellent work. I’m a big fan!

Comment by James McCann

December 22, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

10) Ziggy and the Plugfish, by Jonathan Harlen
9) Fire Thief, by Terry Deary
8) Scaredy Squirrel, by Melonie Watts
7) The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, by Niel Gaiman
6) Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
5) The Sight, by David Clement-Davies
4) Bone, by Jeff Smith (Come on, even horror writers like to laugh!)
3) Tiger, Tiger, by Lynne Reid Banks
2) Companions of the Night, by Vivien Vande Velde
1) Demonata, by Darren Shan

Hope all is well with you this holiday season!

James McCann

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