1. The Alfred G. Graebner Memorial Handbook of Rules and Regulations by Ellen Conford.
2. O Ye Jigs & Juleps by Virginia Carey Hudson . This is such a charming book, it deserves to be re-read every so often. (from a review: Virginia Carey Hudson must have been a remarkable child--one that a teacher has only once or twice in a career. These essay are true events taken from her own life--each with a child's twist and perspective. She was approximately ten years old when these essays were written. They were discovered in 1960 in a locked attic trunk).
3. Moomin Valley in November by Tove Jansson (this one stars Snufkin, so it is, of course, one of our favorites!)
4. I'm With the Band by Pamela Des Barres (Not everyone can (or would want to) sleep with Rock Stars, so Miss Pamela tells us what that's like, among other things!)
5. Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
6. Love, Loss and What I Wore by Ilene Beckerman
7. Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison (one of the most hilarious series ever!)
8. The Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
9. Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block (love, diversity and acceptance and so innovative, descriptive and beautiful)
10. Home Sweet Homicide by Craig Rice (Perfect in every way. Plus a King Tut glossary!)
11. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Caroll / illustrated by John Tenniel
12. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
13. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White /illustrated by Garth Williams
14. The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden / Illustrated by Barbara Cooney
15. Eloise by Kay Thompson / Illustrated by Hilary Knight
16. George the Babysitter by Shirley Hughes
17. My Uncle Nikos by Julie Delton / Illustrated by Marc Simont
18. Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
19. How my Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman / Illustrated by Alan Say
20. A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams (will make you go boohoo every time!)
21. Where Did the Baby Go? by Sheila Hayes / illustrated by Eloise Wilkin
The following three books were books I purchased as Weekly Reader books when I was in elementary school and which I loved and shared years later with Nico. They are perfect and eminently re-readable.
22. No Children, No Pets by Marion Holland
23. The Pink Motel by Carol Ryrie Brink
25. Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink
26. Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
27. Junior Miss by Sally Benson
28. Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams / illustrated by William Nicholson
29. Mr. Petersand's Cats by Louis Slobodkin
31. And, finally... Linsey Woolsey by Tasha Tudor (This was one of my own very first books and one I passed on to Nico)
(and that is my mother's handwriting, below)
So, Happy, Happy Birthday! Not only does she have many new and wonderful favorite books and authors...
She even gets to occasionally hug the authors: