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free day: the tote bag

Very Hungry Caterpillar tote bag

There is something new hanging on my coat rack, and I couldn’t love it more. We learned about book marketing and publicity in my publishing class this week, and my great instructor Anita Silvey brought a handful of examples of the swag (you know, bookmarks, stickers, T-shirts) that is often given to booksellers, librarians, and readers at the launch of a new book. This darling tote bag — featuring the star of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar — was up for grabs and I somehow ended up with it. I guess it pays to go to class. And, as a bonus, I found three little caterpillar tattoos inside the bag — gifts for the nieces and nephews when I see them in December!

I’ve been thinking about why I’m so enamored with this bag, and I guess it’s because The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the first picture books that comes to mind when I think of classics. Let me share with you a few of the other greats on my list:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott

Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina.jpg

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Corduroy by Don Freeman

Corduroy by Don Freeman

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Miss Nelson is Missing by James Marshall

Miss Nelson is Missing by James Marshall

Rain by Peter Spier

Rain by Peter Spier

Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola

Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola

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Comments: 4

  1. Rachael November 16, 2011 at 8:09 am Reply

    Oh I love this post! Children’s books are the very best. I need to start building up my collection for when little ones come along. I’ll be putting your suggestions on my list now 🙂
    Way to go on snagging that tote, it is adorable! The very hungry caterpillar is one of my favorites too.

  2. Jim Layton November 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm Reply

    Arrow in the Sun … Madeline … Miss Nelson … Strega Nona … what great books! Guess I should check out Corduroy and Caps for Sale, too. Or do I wait until I have grandchildren to read them to? (No hint intended.)

    Don’t miss Three Little Robbers and Peter Peter Picks a Pumpkin House, too. Though those are for early readers…. http://christinegrahambooks.com/index.html

  3. Rachel November 17, 2011 at 5:31 am Reply

    Ashley. I am so happy you are in that class. It was THE best class I took at Simmons, hands down. Anita is fabulous. Every Wednesday I wanted to be a publisher.

  4. Ellen Bush November 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm Reply

    Wow thanks for this post. I just had a flood of childhood memories come rushing in!

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