65th Anniversary of Charlotte’s Web

charlottesweb65 years ago, E. B. White’s beloved story of animals growing up on a farm was published. White based the characters on animals from his own farm in Maine and did a bunch of research – at his local library – to learn all he could about the lives of spiders before writing about Charlotte and her infamous web.

Here are some recommended animal-related children’s books to share with your favorite little ones if they enjoy Charlotte’s Web:

The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey – A group of animal companions who look bad but perform good deeds overcome their inborn natures to work together for the sake of rescuing hundreds of dogs from a maximum-security dog pound.

Freddy the Detective by Walter R. Brooks – Freddy the pig does some detective work in order to solve the mystery of the missing toy train.

Mac and Cheese by Sarah Weeks – Two cats who are as different as night and day are nevertheless best friends, as Cheese proves when a gust of wind plays havoc with Mac’s favorite hat.

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo – The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

Wildwood by Colin Meloy – When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness, a dangerous and magical forest at the edge of Portland, Oregon, and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame – The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside: Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.

The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson – A very bad rat rides his horse along the highway stealing travelers’ food, from a rabbit’s clover to a spider’s flies, until clever Duck introduces him to her “sister.”

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Lead – Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.

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