Several of you have asked me about Children’s Books. I am always looking for good books to get from the library, or to build our own family library. Rather than give a list of the best books, or even our favorites, I thought I would just share every now and then the books we are currently enjoying.
This is a delightful story about farm animals coming into the barn to sleep for the night. The artwork is beautiful. The story is written in an engaging way. Our children have enjoyed this story over and over.
I doubt this needs any introduction. This silly, mischievous monkey has been loved by millions of children. I love this particular collection that my parents gave to Stefan, as it includes a CD of the stories read aloud. Stefan now says, “Can I listen to Curious George by H.A. Rey?” Children are drawn in by the very curious monkey because his curiousness is very much like their own.
This is a collection of small children’s poems we recently got at the library. If you are interested in introducing poetry to your children, this is a great little book. I’ll share one of our favorite poems about building blocks from the book:
Block on block I build my tower.
One more, One More, Now it’s done.
Will it stand or will it crash?
And which, oh which, would be more fun?
“Caps! Caps for Sale! Fifty Cents a Cap!” A story of a peddler, his caps stacked on top of his head, and some monkeys. The story is fun, and an easy way to talk about how people made a living in the ‘old days.’ There are many creative things you can do with this to learn counting, colors, and money.
This is a classic children’s book about making the world a better place. Alice’s Grandfather tells her that before she grows old she must do three things: Go to faraway places, live by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful. What do you think she does?
This book, as well as many of Lois Elhert’s other books are captivating to young children. I think it is the very simple artwork that is intriguing to children. We have enjoyed this particular one recently as we just planted our garden and it is fun for the kids to read about the vegetables being planted, watching them grow, and then eventually making it into vegetable soup. Olivia especially enjoys sitting and looking at this one.
Another classic by Margaret Wise Brown. This book is a wonderful bedtime story. As you say goodnight to the moon and all the other things in the book, your child will probably continue on by saying goodnight to everything in his own room.
The beautiful pictures in this book is reason enough to read it. All the animals of the forest wake up one by one to do what they are meant to do. The final animal, a deer, is waking up to life for the first time. It is a great book to read in springtime as this is when many animals are born. We also got to see baby animals at the zoo, which was another reason why we pulled this one out to read. The little animal books by Judy Dunn are also great!
Follow Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their ducklings as they go around the city of Boston to find a home. Your kids will forever have names for ducks they see in life. The sketch-like drawings have always drawn my children in.
10. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel have dug canals, cut through mountains, and dug cellars for big skyscrapers. Their use is threatened, though, with the arrival of more modern work vehicles. The steam shovel is destined to the scrap heap. Their long friendship and years of work together make Mike Mulligan do what he needs to to do one more job. Find out what they do in the little town of Popperville. My son loves this book.
I’ll be back again in the future with more books we love!
What are some of your favorites? I’ll put them on my list for my next visit to the library!
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