Publishing: Candlewick, Somerville; MA, 2010
Awards: Caldecott Honor
Description: The little red chicken has to go to bed and wants his dad to read him a story before bed. He promises to be good and not interrupt, but cannot help himself. Finally, the father decides that the little red chicken should tell his own bedtime story. The little red chicken does, but his father interrupts with his own surprise-snoring!
Programming: This would be a good book to read with a library class at the beginning of the year to teach listening skills and proper library etiquette.
Publishing: Macmillan, New York, 1968
Awards: ALA Notable Book
Description: Rosie the chicken leads an unwitting fox through a series of mishaps while she obliviously takes a walk. The illustrations remind me somewhat of a quilt with the bold colors and patterns in the foliage. The text is simple, but especially effective when combined with the illustrations because even young children will appreciate the irony between text and illustration.
Programming: Because of the simplicity of the text, I think this would be a fun text to act out or design hand motions to accompany the reading. Children could also add to the text by sharing what they think each character is thinking or feeling throughout the story.