2004 -2005 Email Project

This year's email project is underway.  We have already received 0ver 400 responses, and have already heard from  authors and illustrators in 26 states as well as from  :  Spain, Australia, British Columbia,  Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany,  Japan, Canada and France.

In conjunction with the election this year, our class has decided to ask the illustrators and authors we are in touch with to nominate their favorite children's book.  We are trying to read as many of these books as we are able.  On Dr. Seuss' birthday we will hold our own special election from the group of nominated books, to elect our very favorite.  

Some of the nominated books we have read thus far include:

Chrysanthemum by: Kevin Henkes

Love You Forever by: Robert Munsch, illustrated by: Sheila McGraw (This book has received 3 nominations.)

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by: J Scieszka, and illustrated by: Lane Smith (This book has received 3 nominations.)

The Stinky Cheese Man  by: J.scieszka, and illustrated by Lane Smith  (This book has received 7nominations)

The Amazing Bone by: William Steig

Where the Wild Things Are by: Maurice Sendak (This book has received  16 nominations thus far.)

The Snowy Day by: Ezra Jack Keats (This book has received 2 nominations.)

The Wreck of the Zephyr by: Chris Van Allsburg (This book received 3 nominations.)

The Polar Express by: Chris Van Allsburg  ( This book has received 6 nominations thus far.)

Drummer Hoff  by: Barbara Emberley  illustrated by: Ed Emberley

Mr. Grumpy's Outing by:John Burningham

Katy and the Big Snow by: V.L. Burton

Make Way for Ducklings by: Robert McCloskey      ( This book has received 2 nominations)

Ferdinand by: Munroe Leaf (This book has received 3 nominations)

Marshmallow Clouds by: Leslie Parrott and illustrated by: Terry Taylor

Bus-A-Saurus Bop  by: Diane Shore  Illustrated by: David Clark  (This book has received 2 nominations)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,Very Bad Day  by: Judith Viorst, illustrated by: Ray Cruz (2 nominations)

On Noah's Ark by: Jan Brett

The Little Engine That Could by: Walter Piper

One Monster After Another by: Mercer Mayer (2 nominations)

Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present by: Charlotte Zolotow

Joseph Had A Little Overcoat by: Simm Taback (This book has received 2 nominations)

Amelia Bedelia by: Peggy Parish

If You Give A Mouse a Cookie by: Laura Numeroff, illustrated by: Felicia Bond

If You Give A Pig A Pancake by: Laura Numeroff, illustrated by: Felicia Bond

Olive the Other Reindeer by: J. Otto Seibold, and Vivian Walsh

Madeline and the Bad Hat by: Ludwig Bemelmans  (This book has received 2 nominations)

Green Eggs and Ham by: Dr. Seuss

Mama Do You Love Me by: Barbara Joose, illustrated by: Barbara Lavallee

Baboushka and the Three Kings by: Ruth Robbins , Illustrated by Nicholas Sidjakov

There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly, by: Simms Taback

Little Miss Spider and Sunny Patch School by: David Kirk

The Giving Tree by: Shel Silverstein (This book has received 3 nominations)

Tuesday by: David Weisner (This book received 3 nominations.)

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by: Mo Willems

One Morning in Maine by: Robert McCloskey

A Mother for Choco by: Keiko Kasza

Owl Moon by:Jane Yolen (This book has received 3 nominations.)

The Magic Kerchief by: Kirby Lawson , illustrated by: Rosanne Litzinger

Officer Buckle and Gloria by: Peggy Rathman

The Velveteen Rabbit by: Margery Williams

Dog Heaven by: Cynthia Rylant

Yo! Yes? by: Chris Raschka

The Skull Book  by: Jerry Pallotta , illustrated by:Ralph Masiello

The Lorax by: Dr. Seuss

Eloise by:Kay Thompson, illustrated by Hilary Knight (This book has received 3 nominations.)

The Stray Dog by: Marc Simont

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by: Eric Carle (This book has received 3 nominations.)

The Dot by: Peter Reynolds

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (This book has received 2 nominations.)

Dear Mrs. LaRue by: Mark Teague

Martha Speaks by: Susan Meddaugh

Horton Hears a Who  by: Dr. Seuss

Oh, The Thinks You Can Think by: Dr. Seuss

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

The Little House

Miss Spider's Tea Party

The Runaway Bunny

The Sneetches

Dear Children of the Earth

On Grandpop's Lap

Eyes of Gray Wolf











Be sure to check out the sites of some of these authors and illustrators who have already written to us.

We received our very first special delivery from Dar Hosta.  A big thank you for the wonderful book, "I Love the Night", the poster and bookmarks.  To find out a little more about her visit her site at: http://www.darsart.com

You might want to check out the site of Mr. Lee Bullen, a cartoonist, who sent us a picture of "Scrok"  www.leebullen.com

Be sure to visit the website of the wonderful illustrator Christine Mix,.  She gives our class special mention on a children's activity page she created. http://www.shoppevermont.com/ChristineMix/index.html

Illustrator Paula Knight has a wonderful website.. http://www213.pair.com/beezer/paula/menu.html

A  very big thank you to Diane Farris, who sent us each an autographed copy of her book, In Dolphin Time.  We love it! Be sure to check out her website. http://dianefarris.com

Illustrator, Jennifer Wambach sent us two of her wonderful prints and a book about Chicago. We loved learning more about this city on Lake Michigan.  http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/j/jennst/

We received a very special treat from illustrator,  Glenn Brucker, in British Columbia who asked us to share our favorite animal and favorite hobby with him. He created an illustration for each of us with this information and then combined the illustrations into a book called " Mrs. Mary Major's First Grade Class and The Big Show and Tell Disaster."  We were thrilled to receive the books and the pictures as well as his step by step photographs showing how he created this book for us. 


Here we are enjoying "Chip and Cookie" sent to us by the illustrator Leslie Harrington.  Be sure to check out her wonderful website at: http://www.leslieharrington.com/

A special thank you to Nancy Warren Ferrell who sent us Debbie Miller's book, Artic Lights, Artic Nights.  We loved learning more about Alaska by reading this book, and really appreciate that Nancy Ferrell remembered our class this year.  To find out more about her visit her website at: http://www.ferrellbooks.com/index.html

Here we are with copies of the book, "Well Bear Brave Bear" sent to us from David Woolley.  We learned about the importance of visiting the doctor for routine shots. His website is: http://www.thinkofit.com/drwool/wellbear

We really love the book and CD sent to us by Darrell House.  Check out his wonderful website at : http:darrellhouse.com

Pat Alvarado taught us the importance of caring for our environment in her book: The Shadeless Kingdom. Her website is:http://piggypress.com

Be sure to visit the website of Mary Manz Simon to see the wonderful books she has written.  http://www.marymanzsimon.com

In the above photo you can see us with the coloring books we received from Herb Leonhard.  We had a wonderful time reading and discussing the pictures as we colored them.  The books arrived at a perfect time since we are discussing the weather during the different seasons.  Be sure to check out his wonderful website. http://www.herbleonhard.com


Be sure to check out the website of one our favorite books, Freckles: The Mystery of the Little White Dog in the Desert by Paul M. Howey, at : http://www.frecklesfriends.org/


You can see just how excited we were to receive books and tapes from Jo Harper.  We love her songs, and had a wonderful time singing along with our books.  Check out her webpage at: http://home.earthlink.net/~joharper.


A big thank you to T. Kyle Gentry who sent us autographed posters.  We had a great time talking about them and using our imaginations to make up stories about the dragon. You can learn more about him by visiting his webpage at : http://tkylegentry.com


Check out the beautiful pictures of Lisa Tarr on her website at :http://www.tarrart.com


Thank you to  children's author ,Lisa B.C.O'Connell ,  who gave our class a special mention on her webpage.  Be sure to visit it and learn about her and her Miracle Max book.  She has a wonderful website with lots of activities and fun links at : http://www.miraclemaxcorp.com

In the picture above you can see us us the t-shirts illustrator, Sherry Rogers sent us .  We can't wait until her book is published in June.  To learn more about Sherry and her artwork be sure to visit her webpage at : http://sherryrogersillustrations.com/  Thank you for the wonderful treat, Sherry!

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