Jay’s Children’s Books Marathon: August 2018

I am a day late meeting the deadline for the first round of Jay’s (This Is My Truth Now) Children’s Book Marathon, but for what it is, here it is, with reviews of Picture Books read 8/4-8/9. This category could easily be subtitled, “Classic Children’s Picture Books.”

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak in its heyday was a genre bender and made critics question what is “appropriate” for children. It turns out, kids love monsters, especially wild and free one like in Sendak’s drawings. It speaks a subversive message for children to break free: break free of “proper’ constraints we put on children and run to the place where the wild (and free) things are.  There the reader and the wild things cavort and rejoice in their freedom.  Doesn’t every child secretly yearn to break free?Don’t adults wish they could do the same thing? Unfortunately, adults have lost track of the place where the wild things are, but children revisit them in their dreams and in their trips into the illustrations in this wonderful picture book.

Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss left the realm of children’s picture books many years ago and became “the thing” to give the graduating high school or college senior. It’s message, You can go anywhere and be anything you want to be, breeds thoughts of unstoppability and un-limits. For children, little children, it encourages them to dream big and hang on to their possibilities–for they are unlimited.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown was turned down as a nighttime read by a four year old who told me, “That’s a baby book.  I want something with dragons or stormtroopers!” Goodnight Moon is, indeed, a baby book, perhaps the best out there. (However Pat the Bunny ranks right up there with two year olds.) In the book, mother (or father) and child say goodnight to each beloved thing in the familiar nursery, ending with looking out the window and bidding the moon a goodnight. Just writing the review calms me down and makes me sleepy as I recall the book. This is the perfect book for baby to fall asleep by.

For a myriad of reasons: illustrations; inspirations; and soothing, calming sleepy-times for parent and child; these three picture books are deservedly children’s classics.


Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I have just completed 30 years of teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This is after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District, adding up to a total of teaching 50 years in all. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

10 thoughts on “Jay’s Children’s Books Marathon: August 2018”

  1. Don’t worry about being late! So am I with 1 of my reviews… I had an issue getting the books at the library so my reading was pushed back a bit. My own fault tho!

    Your reviews are always brilliant. I love what you said about Where the Wild Things Are. I noticed the gender thing in Oh, the Places You’ll Go. It kept saying ‘he’ if I remember correctly. It made me think of the books where you can fill in a few names at the beginning and then it will pre-populated with a more custom story. Still loved it tho.

    Hmmm… how’s that 4 year old doing with sleep now? Late riser? Stays up all night? LOL 🙂

    Thank you for participating. I’ve linked them to the main page at:

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    1. Thanks for taking care of the techie things! LOL Why should I learn the finer things, when there’s always someone–a grandson, a friend, a student, etc.– who will do it for you! Spoiled Rotten? You betcha’ and loving it!!!

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