Monday, March 25, 2013

Books For Children- The List

     I could write lists and lists of books to read with children but I thought instead of saying here is the card catalog for the national library I would narrow it down to our families absolute favorites, a couple of categories, and a quick why and some of the whys are going to be written by my kiddos it should be fun, fun, fun! Then on Wednesday I am going to share how I find new books for my children to enjoy...ONTO THE LISTS...

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Picture Books and Early Readers

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon (any mom with a girl should get this book and own it, a great reminder to be yourself)

A Growing Story by Ruth Krauss (the story and illustrations are darling)

Any book  by Dr. Seuss (its Dr Seuss enough said)

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle  (childrens ability to retell this story and how proud they are...priceless)

If You Give A Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff  (this book so reminds me of how my mind works)

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson (you know there is no such thing as a Gruffalo or maybe there is...very clever)

Lu and the Swamp Ghost by James Carville ( only need family and a one good friend)

I'll Love You Forever by Robert Munsch (warms my heart)

I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak (teaches you love your kids no matter what)

Someday by Alison McGhee (again warms my heart)

Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff (I love how this book brings out the imagination of a child, just imagine a dinosaur coming and spending the day with you)

Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor (for all the little girls out there that love to be fancy)

Any Book by Sandra Boynton (I am a very visual person and I love the illustrations and it helps that the stories are funny and sing songy)

Oh What a Busy Day by Gyo Fujikawa (again the illustrations and the wanderings of the imagination)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst (we all have them)

How do Dinosaurs... by Jane Yolen (again the illustrations of these books crack me up and they teach something too)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (this book is like science on a I

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw (the use of a childs imagination is a wonderous thing)

Mud by Wendy Cheyette Lewison (silly and fun)

Down on the Funny Farm by P. E. King (again just silly and makes the children want to read it again and again)

Buzz Said the Bee by Wendy Cheyette Lewison (repetition and funny illustrations)

Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant (a book about a boy and his dog how could you not love them)

Biscuit goes to School by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (the illustrations again are the cutest)

No David by David Shannon (again with the illustrations and the sweet message at the end)

Princess Princess by Penny Dale (the poetic flow of the book is enchanting)

The Big Orange Splot by  Daniel Manus Pinkwater (this is truly the book when I was a child that had me think out of the box with my imagination and creativeness)

The Empty Pot by Demi (a book about honesty and its importance)

Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud (Are you a bucket filler or dipper, teaching kindness)

Chapter Books {*denotes a series)

Dragon Keepers* by Kate Klimo (very interesting and well detailed)

Harry Potter* by J.K. Rowling (I will tell you I had a 10 year old when these books first came out and he had no desire to read them...then he was about 15 the first few movies came out and that was it..they are imaginative and a fabulous read for young and not so young)

Little House on the Prairie* by Laura Ingalls Wilder (I read them my daughter is reading them they are just good story telling of a time not too long ago)

Diary of the Wimpy Kid* by Jeff Kinney(I will tell you I was not a fan of these books at all until the latest one came out The Third Wheel.  I read with the 3rd and 4th graders 3 times a week and this book just came out I heard so many portions of the book that I finally decided I needed to read it myself because I was honestly just laughing and grinning the whole time they were reading to me...they are funny and such reminders of the ridiculous of even our own childhoods)

Ramona* by Judy Blume (Ramona is silly)

The Boxcar Children* by Gertrude Chandler Warner (they are creative, liked how they made the boxcar, ingenuitive)

Nancy Clancy*(these are the new Fancy Nancy chapter books) by Jane O'Connor ( I was so happy to see these chapter books.  My daughter LOVED the fancy nancy books but was getting too old for them and so these have been great for her with a character she is familiar with)

Theodore Boone* by John Grisham (John Grisham is my FAVORTIE author and so when he started the Theodore Boone series of books I was thrilled to have a law book I could read with my kids)

The Giver by Lois Lowry (imagine living a happy life, no strife no trials...what a life right or maybe not)

Willawaw by Tom Bodett (this is just good writing period and he takes right to that place with his descriptive writing style)

Secret Agent Jack Stalwart* by Elizabeth Singer Hunt (loves the gadgets and  visits different countries)

The Magic Tree House* by Mary Pope Osborne (I stated in my last post about my child who thirsted for knowledge well these books fit the bill for him, full of knowledge and adventure)

Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume (just plain funny from beginning to end)

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume (for the bit of gullible in all of us)

The Heros Guide To* by Christopher Healy(this is a new series and we are on the countdown right now for the second book to come out my 10 year old son LOVED it and can hardly wait, he even said today ,"That April 29th is going to be the longest day ever", because the book comes out on the 30th)

Whatever After* by Sarah Mlynowski(this is a relative new series as well and my daughter loves them...great twist on old classic fairy tales)

Anne of Green Gables* by Lucy Maude Montgomery (one word ANNE she is fabulous and such a character you just want to keep reading about her)

Choose Your Own Adventure* by R A Montgomery (these actually used to be my husbands favorite books as a child because as you read you get to make choices of how the story is going to go and they take you on grand adventures from down in the depths under the sea to the rainforest to outer space...fabulous concept and the story can change every time you read it)

The Last Newspaper Boy in America by Sue Corbett (mystery, suspense, and humor...a winning combo)

The Classroom Series* by Robin Mellom(this is also a newer series but let me tell you hilarious, from the random illustrations to the real life antics that happen in middle schools all over the country)

Flat Stanley* by Jeff Brown (who doesn't love books about traveling the world on grand adventures)

Dinosaur Cove* by Rex Stone (likes the idea of traveling in time)

    I truly could go on and on about fabulous books for children but these our some of our very favorites..enjoy!!!

Be Awesome,



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