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Happy Birthday, E. B. White

CharlottewebStuart Little CoverTrumpet Of The Swan Cover

Elwyn Brooks White (1899 – 1985) wrote three children’s books. These classic tales about a pig, a spider, a mouse, and a trumpeter swan teach kids the importance of friendship, adventure, and how to overcome obstacles or disabilities. Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan were all part of my childhood storytime. Sharing them now with my kids is like passing on something precious that I can enjoy again through their eyes (and minds).

Share these classics with your kids:
Charlotte’s Web
Stuart Little
The Trumpet of the Swan

Fun activities to do after reading:
– Make puppets of the characters with felt, paper, and Popsicle sticks.
– Ask your child to name his or her favorite animal and find other books at your local library about that animal.
– Ask your kids how they might change any part of these stories if they had written them.
– If your kids like to draw, ask them to draw their own covers for the books.

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  • My daughter and I recently listened to his recording of Charlotte’s Web and I just loved it. He has a rich, folksy, earnest voice you want to listen to forever. And yes, I still cried when Charlotte dies, even though I couldn’t see a thing.

    For those of us who only know Charlotte’s Web through its movie versions, the audio tape was amazing for hearing all the rich text that didn’t make it into either film. (I’ve decided that if I ever get bad news, I want E.B. White to deliver it.)