Margaret Wise Brown once wrote that children wondered about “mysterious clock time.” I certainly did as a child. I simply could not learn to tell time. This was back in the dark ages of analog clocks that seemed to hold secrets others could decipher but eluded me. I could have used any of the books on this list, but one in particular is perfect.
Time surged in importance at the end of the old century. We were nervous about what would happen to our computers (remember Y2K?). The coming millennium weighed as heavily as a tipped-over grandfather clock. But when January 1, 2000, tripped over, we sailed into the new century. Here is a list of children’s books about time from 1999 to 2019.
What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile?
Mr. Crocodile plans his day from waking up at 9:00 a.m. to singing a lullaby to himself at 8:00 p.m. His biggest goal is to catch, cook, and eat five pesky monkeys that derail his day. His best-laid schedule is knocked hilariously awry in this rhyming picture book.