I’m not much of a pasta eater, but every time I read “Strega Nona,” Tomie dePaola’s endearing tale about a “grandma witch” who heals physical ailments, offers potions for emotional support and has a “magic” pot that makes endless amounts of pasta, I want spaghetti! “Strega Nona,” published in 1975, features dePaola’s signature folksy illustrations. The characters’ enduring popularity is evident as over a dozen more “Strega Nona” stories have been published since.
“Strega Nona” is one of Tomie dePaola’s best-known works and just one of the great books featured on our 101 Picture Book Challenge.
The 101 Picture Book Challenge is for anyone at any age. Librarians hand picked the titles on the list which includes classics, new titles and everything in between.
To get started, register online. You can track your progress online or if you prefer a paper log booklet, pick one up at your neighborhood Library. The books are organized into categories but you can read the books in any order and at your own pace. When you read all 101 titles, you earn a free picture book (while supplies last).
This is the latest in a series of blog posts exploring some of the things we love about these books.