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Favorite Books for My Kids

Editorial Note:
March is the tail end of cabin fever and a great time to kick off a series about our favorite books for kids. Drop by once a week for a list of classics and new classics to add to your child’s reading list! Are we missing your favorite? Share the title in comments!

We have books everywhere in our house. In baskets by every couch, on shelves in rooms, in the toy room, in the basement, books litter our house. And I love it. I love nothing more than when my kids are reading, with me, without me, I don’t even mind if they are ignoring me with their nose in a book {sometimes}.

Some of our favorites:

For My Toddler

Sesame Street Look and Find Books
These books are awesome! They have lots of different versions. They keep my toddler busy and looking for items. They are her favorite books.

Gossie and Gertie
(We like Ollie, Peedie and Boo Boo too!)

For My 1st Grade Girl

Junie B. Jones
These are her first chapter books. The humor is spot on for her and the books are easy to finish so she feels like a great reader when she completes them.

Ivey and Bean
This is another fun series for girls and I even find myself laughing.

The Chronicles of Narnia
I’m big on not letting my kids see movies until they’ve read the book. I know . . . kind of a nazi. But it’s motivated my kids (especially my daughter) to power through the Chronicles of Narnia books. (I think she has a crush on Peter)

Dr. Desoto
I’m pretty sure that the only reason my daughter bought this book from the book fair was that it had a silver medal embossed on the cover of it. Turns out, it’s a fun read, and my toddler loves it too. But mostly I love to hear her say “De Soto”.

For my 2nd Grade Boy
Warning – he is a READER! The kind that stays up too late at night reading, gets in trouble, and then turns on his book light to keep reading. I’m amazed that he is taking on such big books!

Harry Potter
I’m so excited to see my kids get into Harry Potter. I think these books are pure magic and I love seeing them again through the eyes of my kids.

Percy Jackson
He LOVED this series and says that Rick Riordon is his favorite author. These also teach a lot about Greek Mythology which I think is a cool side effect. 🙂

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
I wasn’t sure I wanted him to read these. I thought they might be too old for him, that the humor might be too mature and I wasn’t sold on them. But he got a hold of one and loved it. He’s now read all of the books. And I actually think they are pretty hilarious too. (Hence my Shel Silverstein post).

Enemy Pie
Such a great illustrated book for boys – and has a great moral at the end of the story.

My Personal Favorites (you know it’s picture books)

The Monster at the End of this Book
This is one of my favorite books that my mom read to me when I was little. I can hear little Grover’s voice on every page. And there is even a great iPad app for the book that all 3 of my kids love.

The Day the Babies Crawled Away
I love the cadence of this book, and I read this one like a rockstar. I’m telling you that I think that I could qualify to read this at a storytelling festival. I’ve got my kids in the palm of my hand! This book will have a soft spot in my heart for the rest of my life. The illustrations are beautiful and I love the way they images are reversed (with the main image in black and the horizon full of color and constantly changing). This book IS bedtime!

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
We all basically think this book is hilarious. The illustrations are bright and the characters expressions are funny. It’s so visually well done.

The Berenstain Bears
Another from my childhood. I love this series and I think every book has great lessons for kids and I still adore the illustrations (and the cartoon series on PBS Kids).

Frederick
Cute little Frederick! I grew to love him even more when we were assigned to highlight Leo Lionni in the kindergarten co-op. Leo is a darling man and he writes darling stories with beautiful illustrations.

If Kisses Were Colors
This story is a tender one, but I truly love the illustrator, Alison Jay. All of the illustration in this book is done in oils and have a crackly varnish that creates a really rich feeling. I love this illustrator so much that we had her create our cover art for our local guidebooks. We’ve got several of her originals framed!

I Took the Moon for a Walk
Another one illustrated by Alison Jay. Last but not least, and a great bedtime story!

Phew! Is that enough all ready? Sorry for the long list, but we’ve got too many that we love around our house!

What are your favorites?

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  2. Rachael 03/22/2011 at 2:45 pm

    And so I checked out Laura’s art projects! They are awesome!

    I loved this art project that Laura did based on one of my favorite books The Day the Babies Crawled Away – check it out! http://art4littlehands.blogspot.com/2011/03/day-babies-crawled-away.html?spref=fb

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  4. Laura 03/22/2011 at 10:24 am

    After reading The Day the Babies Crawled Away, my children decided it would be fun to make art like Peggy Rathmann. Thanks for the suggestions!

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  7. Kaly 03/06/2011 at 8:51 pm

    I only have one child and one on the way, but my little guy, who is 20mo old is an avid reader already. He even loves to read on his own, and has for a long time now. He has just begun to say words, and I love hearing him and watching him pour over his books, inserting the appropriate words for each page, then laughing hysterically.
    His current favorites are the Sandra Boynton books. She cleverly makes rhymes involving animals (which is perfect for this age)and they are really funny.

    Another favorite, which I especially love because it is SO clever is “Orange Pear Apple Bear” The story is so witty, using only 4 words! And the illustrations are perfect!

  8. Carina Wytiaz 03/04/2011 at 10:50 pm

    I’m with you on the “Can’t watch it til you read it” school. We’re in the middle of Voyage of the Dawn Treader now. I love how the Narnia books have just about the perfect chapter lengths to read aloud as a bed time story.

  9. Laura Ann Williams 03/04/2011 at 2:00 pm

    I read the monster at the end of this book to my kids last night. It had been a while since they selected that one and we were all laughing so hard. What a great book for kids. The humor is so funny to them. I think I will do a similar post. I love the ideas you have here and I am getting to the library today to check them out!

  10. Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) 03/04/2011 at 1:53 pm

    Oh – and whenever I travel I bring them home new books as gifts! It is perfect to buy at the airport and slip in my carry on and it makes me not feel guilty about buying gifts every trip for my kids cause I feel guilty leaving them! See I already have enough guilt. But I never have to feel guilty about buying my kids books! 🙂

    • Rachael Herrscher 03/04/2011 at 1:54 pm

      Me too! Lately I’ve been bringing back Mad Libs Junior books, which have been super fun!

  11. Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) 03/04/2011 at 1:51 pm

    Jackson LOVED the Wimpy Kid series – I just wish there were more for him! He loved it every time I brought him home a new one.

    We also LOVE all the Beverly Cleary books! Although Jackson being a boy, he hasn’t read the Ramona series. But loves the Henry Higgins series and the Mouse and the Motorcycle series!

  12. Raejean 03/04/2011 at 6:32 am

    I’ve found kids of all ages also love Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Williams. My kids quote it to me all the time when they are trying to get permission for something completely unrealistic. “I’ll bet your mom would let me. How about I give you five bucks?”

    • Rachael Herrscher 03/04/2011 at 1:55 pm

      lol! I need to get those pigeon books! Can you believe I’ve never read ONE!