Monday, November 19, 2007

For the little bookworms...or for parents of little bookworms

Me reading to two of my boys and their Dayton cousins
Joel holding two of his favorite books

After spending countless hours over the last ten years reading zillions and zillions of books to my boys, I feel somewhat qualified to comment on kiddy literature. One thing that I've observed during my many reading sessions, is that there are a lot of books out there that are just NOT good. I can't understand how half of them even get published. My mother-in-law, who is amazingly talented, has written stories for Sam, Jack, and Joel that are better by far than many I've checked out of the library. (I'm still working on ideas of how to get her published).

Anyway, the reason for this post is that recently a friend who just became a grandma asked me for some titles of kids' books that I love. This is one request I have a hard time being quiet about, because as much as I get frustrated with books that are a waste of paper, I am passionate about the good ones--the cute ones, with great plot, and that are well-written. I gathered up some my favorites and thought it would be fun to list them here. Maybe you have some others to suggest. Maybe you'll hit the library or Amazon to snatch up a few you've never read. Anyway, enjoy!!

The Five-Dog Night written and illustrated by Eileen Christelow
Millicent Maybe by Ellen Weiss
A Harry the Dirty Dog Treasury by Gene Zion
Where the Wild Things Are written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Show and Tell Bunnies by Kathryn Lasky (pictures in this book are as equally charming as the words)
The Raccoon and Mrs. McGinnis by Patricia Miles Martin
George and Martha books written and illustrated by James Marshall
Sly Little Bear and Other Bears by Kathryn Jackson
Tell Me What It's Like to Be Big by Joyce Dunbar
Arthur's Honey Bear written and illustrated by Lillian Hoban
Little Bear books by Maurice Sendak
The Troll Music written and illustrated by Anita Lobel
Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel
The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward

And my ALL time favorite...
Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel

And if you want a professional's opinion, go to Book Buds, a site all about children's picture books. There are a lot of interesting things to see there.