Officer Buckle and Gloria
by Peggy Rathman
As a parent who has read countless children's picture books, I have come to realize that some are just not that good! You really to have be a gifted writer to write an outstanding children's book that both kids and parents will want to read over and over.
Peggy Rathman is one of these writers who masters the skill of keeping both a young child's and a parent's attention. Her book Officer Buckle and Gloria is about a police officer who gives safety talks at schools with his faithful and hilarious canine companion Gloria. Gloria, however, often gets more of the children's attention than Officer Buckle with her antics, and Officer Buckle then feels unappreciated. All is resolved in the end, though, in this wonderfully illustrated, creative book that is one of my favorites to bring to school when I have to read to elementary students.
This book won the 1996 Caldecott Medal and is a joy to read, no matter what your age.