Wednesday, April 4, 2012

My Favorite Things- Kids Books

We all know those classic kids books that we loved and now our children love. Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and The Velveteen Rabbit, will forever be some of my favorites. There are a few "unknown" books that have come into my family's life that quickly crawled their way into our hearts. Some have been given to us by my sister-in-law who is a teacher and others we have randomly picked up at the library and then checked them out the next 4 times in a row. I thought it would be fun to share some of these find and I hope to post these regularly as great ones come along. Here goes...

At Night by Jonathan Bean was a book we picked up a the library a few years ago. The story is quiet, simple, and perfect. It's about a little girl who lives in the city. At bedtime she tosses and turns until she decides to go up to the roof of her building where she quickly finds a peaceful sleep. Is is a must read for any family living in a city.

The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman never gets old no matter how many times I read it (and I have read this book A LOT!). It's about a growing family who has some very picky eaters for children. The book is a long rhyme which makes it so fun to read. The story flows wonderfully and the pictures are some of the best. My kids can stare at the pictures of this book for hours and they find something new every time.

A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker warms my heart every time I read it. I love the repetative phrase in it and so do my kids. This book is about a bear who will not open his heart (or his home) to anyone. A persistent mouse soon comes along and does everything to to annoy bear and of they make friends at the end. The illustrations on this one are fantastic too.

Priscilla and the Pink Planet by Nathaniel Hobbie quickly became the favorite of my three girls. Like Seven Silly Eaters, this book is a little longer and rhymes beautifully. This book teaches a great lesson on why it is important to have variety in your life. The illustrations have a Seuss-like quality that I adore.

I hope you have found some new books to try and I am really looking forward to hearing what some of your lesser-known favorites are. Please let me know. I would LOVE to grab them at my library and feature them in future weeks. Thanks!


  1. THERE ARE SO MANY!! What about some of the older ones, like _Make Way for Ducklings_ and _Blueberries for Sal_? Or any Ezra Jack Keats, especially _Snowy Day_. My family read _Kiss Goodnight Sam_ and _You Can Do It, Sam_ so many times. A favorite funny one is _Dirty Joe_ by Bill Harley. (Though it's a pirate book, the girls will appreciate the heroic acts of the female pirates!) _Mrs. Wishy Washy_ is great fun, and is easy to put on as a skit (my kids did this in preschool. Jeremy made the BEST Mrs. Wishy Washy! As they get older, Cynthia Rylant's Poppleton and Mr. Putter books are awesome. All of Jan Brett's books (The Mitten, The Hat) are illustrated with great detail and offer tons to talk about as you read. The 2 favorite books from my childhood are _Never Tease a Weasel_ by Jean Conder Soule and _The Goat in the Rug_ by Charles L. Blood. When they were really little, we read _Mouse Paint_ over and over. Not sure how well know that one is. I could go on and on!

  2. I thought of another that I couldn't bear not to share! _Chicks and Salsa_ is a funny book that my aspiring chef and I laughed with over and over.

  3. I myself am getting tired of reading any stories related to princesses and dinosaurs! LOL! I like "Guess How Much I Love You?" but that's for toddlers I think. I think I'm going to get my kids into books I read as a child like Heidi, Anne of Green Gables, Treasure Island etc. I know there's a lot more but I can't think of them right now. I love reading and I hope my kids will keep it up when they get older. There's a whole new world in a book!