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Asked and Answered | May 10, 2018


In this month’s Asked and Answered, the ECC asked authors & illustrators what their favorite bedtime book was. See how they answered below!

“My favorite bedtime story would have to be The Big Red Barn because of the masterful way Margaret Wise Brown chose and arranged words to create a sleepy mood. My children chewed through three copies of the board book version!” Brenda Maier, author of The Little Red Fort

“The Little Engine That Could. The words of the little blue engine have rung in my ears for 30 years. “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” And it’s those words that push me over the mountains of life.” – Brandon Dorman, illustrator of the Goosebumps; Fablehaven; and The Land of Stories series.

“My father would read me an oversized edition of The Little Red Caboose, and I was completely enamored by it . . . I still am.” –Michael Joosten, author of Mom Hugs.

“My favorite bedtime story was Little Red Riding Hood. I was especially attracted to her red cape and hood. There was something about the spookiness and danger in the story that drew me in and kept me in suspense. The Big Bad Wolf was my first encounter with a story villain. I remember reading a version of the story with a happy ending — the little girl outsmarted the wolf. So for me, Little Red Riding Hood reinforced the importance of being cautious in life while also showing that the bad guys can be defeated in the end.” Michelle Meadows, author of Hibernation Station and Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins

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