The Geisel Challenge: Week 1

Welcome to the first week of the Geisel Challenge. Mr. Colby Sharp and I will post a video every Saturday for the next eight weeks. We hope you'll participate in this short and rewarding challenge.

Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas by Cynthia Rylant; illustrated by Sucie Stevenson 

"So, all of her books have that gentleness to it. That kindness. She's done picture books, novels, is readers, she has an incredible range. Poetry. Beautiful volumes of poetry. Someone who has her own style and her own voice." - Anita Silvey 

Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold 

Learn more about the Fly Guy series. 

Tedd Arnold talks about the Fly Guy series. 

A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom 

Suzanne Bloom reads A Splendid Friend, Indeed 

An interview with Suzanne Bloom 

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman; illustrated by Betsy Lewin 

The book trailer for Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Horse in the House 

Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day by Jean Van Leeuwen; illustrated by Ann Schweninger 


  1. I too am so glad to dive back into these fun books that I haven't read for awhile. It's good to read new books, but I also like revisiting old friends. I am excited to share these with students. I need to talk up Henry and Mudge. I loved the grandpas!

  2. I am SO loving this, Mr. John Schu (and Mr. Colby) :) I know there are going to be many books I'm actually not familiar with that I'm going to be thrilled to finally read. I just ordered all of these from my library :)

    Also, I can't tell you how much it THRILLS me to hear you say you love children's books which incorporate older characters. I created a series of concept books, all starring an older man, along with two silly animals. I've been told by most (not all) that I have to have a child as the main character. I agree ONLY if the subject matter is from a child's point of view. Just as adults can enjoy reading children's books with children typically as main characters, children can enjoy books with older characters :D Thank you for stating that!
    :Donna (WriterSideUp)


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