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Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book

edited by Anita Silvey

Roaring Brook Press

"What children's book changed the way you see the world?"
 
Anita Silvey asked this question to more than one hundred of our most respected and admired leaders in society, and she learned about the books that shaped financiers, actors, singers, athletes, activists, artists, comic book creators, novelists, illustrators, teachers...
 
The lessons they recall are inspiring, instructive, and illuminating. And the books they remember resonate as influential reading choices for families. EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM A CHILDREN'S BOOK--with its full color excerpts of beloved children's books, is a treasury and a guide: a collection of fascinating essays and THE gift book of the year for families.

"What children's book changed the way you see the world?" Anita Silvey asked this question to more than one hundred of our most respected and admired leaders in society, and she learned about the books that shaped financiers, actors, singers, athletes, activists, artists, comic book creators, novelists, illustrators, teachers... The lessons they recall are inspiring, instructive, and illuminating. And the books they remember resonate as influential reading choices for families. EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM A CHILDREN'S BOOK--with its full color excerpts of beloved children's books, is a treasury and a guide: a collection of fascinating essays and THE gift book of the year for families.

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book
InspirationToday the challenge of political courage looms larger than ever before. For our everyday life is becoming so saturated with the tremendous power of mass communications that any unpopular or unorthodox course arouses a storm of protests such as John Quincy Adams--under attack in 1807--could never have envisioned. Our political life is becoming so expensive, so mechanized and so dominated by professional politicians and public relations men that the idealist who dreams of independent statesmanship is rudely awakened by the necessities
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Praise for Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book

“Silvey’s book includes mini-essays and interviews with more than 100 accomplished Americans, from businessmen and politicians to artists, athletes, and actors. Writers like Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume are also included, showing how a love of reading is handed down from one generation to the next.” —Parade magazine

Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Children’s Book [is] a delightful nostalgic exercise in which prominent people reflect on the children’s stories that shaped them.” —The Wall Street Journal

“An exquisite reminder of the power of books.” —Roxanne Coady, founder of R.J. Julia Booksellers, on NPR’S “The Faith Middleton Show”

This handsome compendium is dense and delightful. And the longish title is a perfect catalyst for more conversation, in classrooms and at the dinner table. What children's book taught you something valuable? Discuss.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“This collection of essays provides the titles of books which functions as a must-read list for all.”Kiwi magazine’s BookClub

“This volume—perfect for any gift-giving occasion—will inspire adults to enhance their family lives and contribute to the future of our society through the good books they choose to share with their children.” —BookPage

“Create[s] a moving patchwork message about the transformative powers of reading.” —Publishers Weekly

“Place a book in a child’s hands and you never know what will happen. In Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book, Anita Silvey gathers the reminiscences of adults about the works that influenced them as children and the lessons that still resonate.” —School Library Journal’s Curriculum Connections

“Silvey’s book includes mini-essays and interviews with more than 100 accomplished Americans, from businessmen and politicians to artists, athletes, and actors. Writers like Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume are also included, showing how a love of reading is handed down from one generation to the next.” —Parade magazine

Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Children’s Book [is] a delightful nostalgic exercise in which prominent people reflect on the children’s stories that shaped them.” —The Wall Street Journal

“An exquisite reminder of the power of books.” —Roxanne Coady, founder of R.J. Julia Booksellers, on NPR’S “The Faith Middleton Show”

This handsome compendium is dense and delightful. And the longish title is a perfect catalyst for more conversation, in classrooms and at the dinner table. What children's book taught you something valuable? Discuss.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“This collection of essays provides the titles of books which functions as a must-read list for all.”Kiwi magazine’s BookClub

“This volume—perfect for any gift-giving occasion—will inspire adults to enhance their family lives and contribute to the future of our society through the good books they choose to share with their children.” —BookPage

“Create[s] a moving patchwork message about the transformative powers of reading.” —Publishers Weekly

“Place a book in a child’s hands and you never know what will happen. In Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book, Anita Silvey gathers the reminiscences of adults about the works that influenced them as children and the lessons that still resonate.” —School Library Journal’s Curriculum Connections

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • edited by Anita Silvey

  • With a unique career in children's books, ANITA SILVEY has served both as the Editor of THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE and Publisher of a major children's book imprint. SHe is the author of several books, and she lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Anita Silvey
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Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book

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