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Friday, November 11, 2011

44/52 :: Reading

As the cooler weather creeps in, lots of days are spent reading around here.  Silas's enjoyment of books amazes me, he will sometimes sit on the couch for half an hour or more, just paging through his books.  It is also helpful that he seems to know the stories well enough to turn the pages for me while I read and stitch at the same time!  Oh, and he's become rather good at posing for the camera too.

As I look for more picture books, any suggestions?  I admit, I am getting a little tired of Curious George, but buying kids books online is so difficult, and we don't seem to have much selection of kids books at the small bookstores here...


  1. We love anything by Jim Aylesworth. Both my kids love "The Mitten" and "The Gingerbread Man" - they are well illustrated and the stories are enjoyable even for little toddlers. Another one my son looooves is Richard Scarry's "Cars, Trucks, and Things That Go". He just received it for his second birthday and it's a huge favorite. Oh, and if you get a chance, you should check out this blog: http://www.juliasbookbag.com. The blog owner, Melissa, is super sweet and she has tons of great book recommendations. :)

  2. We love the Karen Katz books. We have them from Where is Baby's Bellybutton? all the way to the potty one. Bear Snores On is another favorite. The Llama llama books are good. And you certainly can't go wrong with Dr. Seuss.

  3. Robert Munsch books are great! Eric Carle is another good author and illustrator. Dr. Seuss is a perennial favourite.

  4. One of my favorite books is "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie". I love this book!

  5. Any of the Tacky the Penguin books are great, or "Click Clack Moo", or "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus". Can you tell I love picture books?!

  6. When I ran a daycare.. the kids favorite book was always "Dinosaur Roar by Henrietta Stickland" it is a board book but it was their favorite..any time I let them choose the book, this is the book they chose. If your library has the book perhaps you can check it out there first and decide.

  7. My faves are listed above. I do sugest going to the local library. we are truely blessed to have such a wonderful service as a public library.

  8. Geez what kind of place do you live that doesn't have a good selection of kids book? (haha inside joke for those of you reading). I do have that here! I may not have a fabric store but I do have a good book store. hehehe

  9. I'm glad your little one loves books Jennie. One of my 7yr olds favorties is books about Piggie and Elephant, by Mo Willams. The pictures are hilarious! Very few words. Mo Willams also writes about a pigeon who wants to drive the bus, or get a puppy, etc. Excellent books. And you can't go wrong with Dr Seuss!!

  10. I have so many favorites! My sons loved Richard Scarry - Cars & Trucks and Things That Go. Dr. Seuss is still a great read-aloud option. Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar is fun. Goodnight Moon. The Little Engine That Could. Frog & Toad.
    Toot & Puddle. A Child's Garden of Verse by Robert Louis Stevenson.

  11. Our favorite book at that age was "When will it be Spring?" by Catherine Walters. The illustrations are gorgeous and the story is engaging. It's like an I Spy for toddlers. Silas will love pouring over the pictures. Hopefully your library has it!

  12. He looks so grown-up sitting there like that! My daughter loves books, too. She has so many it's hard to remember, but let me thing:

    That's Not My Monkey (series)
    Corduroy (any)
    The Little Engine That Could
    Leonardo the Terrible Monster (same author as Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Knufflebunny, another favorite of ours. Oh, his name is Mo Willems or Williams I think)
    The Little Puppy/Kitten/Lamb/etc. Phoebe ?? series (it's old but she loves the books--lots of cute pictures of the baby animals and they aren't expensive on Amazon)
    Santa Paws (a board book)
    There's a Dragon in My Sleeping Bag
    Ira Sleeps Over (a little advanced maybe, but he might like to hear the story)
    Richard Scarry books
    Any of the If You Give A... series (Mouse a Cookie, etc)

    We have about 67 million books, so if you would like more suggestions, just let me know and I'll go in her room during the day and pull out her favorites and email them to you. We read like ravenous beasts around here, and I'm not kidding about her having a lot of books. Her 3 shelves on her bookcase are full. FULL. It's so great though--they'll hopefully continue to love reading, which will make it so much easier when they're in school (which won't be for a long, long, long time).

  13. Oh what a great question! My son loves to read and being read to as well, but I find he tires of his books so quickly. I'm always on the lookout for good recommendations.

    We love:
    The Napping House by Audrey Wood
    The Three Little Pigs
    The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
    One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root

    I could go on forever, so I'll stop, but I hope this helps! I think teaching our children to love reading is one of the greatest gifts we can give them!

  14. Hi Jennie
    Books are very pricey up here in Canada. I go to the second hand stores. They have a great selection of books for all ages. Also flea markets and garage sales in the warmer weather.

  15. I'd suggest trying the local thrift stores and the local library!

  16. I suggest Hullabazoo! especially if he love pictures, these are gorgeous and the story is about going to the zoo. My son loves it!

  17. Here a few books my daughter and I love:

    Starry Safari
    Move Over Rover
    When the Flea Sneezed
    The No, David! books
    Monkey and Me
    Panda Bear, Panda Bear
    Bear Snores On, Bear's Christmas, Bear Wants More, etc
    Ten in the Meadow
    Sometimes I like to Curl up in a Ball
    I Love it When you Smile
    Mrs. Wishy Washy
    I Went Walking

    We have so many from my teaching days and we a big fans of the library so I could write a list a mile long! It's my favorite part of the day when we read. Jenna is five now and still loves rhyming picture books but we also just finished Charlotte's Web. Have fun checking out all the suggestions!


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