Thursday, April 4, 2013

{ children's books }

This week's is a little hard for me again this week but in a different way.  This week I don't know where to stop.  I have a deep love for children's books.  Not only because I have my own children, but in the way that they bring me back to my childhood as well.  I've written several post about children's book all the way from my favorite books of past and present to rhyming books, and holiday books for Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving.  

My children are at the ages where they don't read the same books anymore so we have a wide variety of books on our shelves now.  My oldest and youngest just had birthdays so I now have a 3, 6 and 9 year-old readers to find books for and their tastes are about as far apart as you can imagine.  And I have my own favorites too.  I'm pretty happy that a lot of my favorites are theirs too.  We took a super informal poll (any by informal I mean that I held up a book and said "who likes this one?") amongst ourselves and came up with our favorites.

I've read these books so many times over the years that I have most if not all memorized.  And the kids do to in a way.  If I skip an animal in Brown Bear, Brown Bear they definitely let me know.  I also like that there are now a lot of learning activities around the web based on their favorite books.  I'd rather they idolize a book than a tv show.

I have every single Pigeon book there is.  I love the Pigeon books the most.  Well, after Dr. Seuss of course but he's his own category in a way.  Our favorite parts are the "shouting" pages and all of the Pigeon's excuses on why he should/shouldn't do something.  We takes turns reading certain parts of each book and it's a great way to get everyone involved (and laughing).

My oldest is a reader and I love it.  She has her very own library card and book bag and loves our weekly trips to the library.  She started out reading some of the books that I had from when I was her age but now she's branching out into series reading (like me!).  She's very adamant about reading books in order and wouldn't read a Diary of a Wimpy Kid #6 that she was given because she hadn't finished the previous books yet.

It's very important to me to raise children who like to read in this day and age.  I've pretty much made the switch to ebooks over paperback but I'm trying to keep all their books in their hands and not on a device.  It's a struggle but it's important to me that they know the feel of a book in their hand.  Who knows what the future of books will be but I'll always have the collection of books with their crayon marks and where they wrote their names on the front cover.


  1. Oh I love Winnie the Pooh books! Sadly Noah has never been interested in reading them.

    Ramona Quimby is one of my favorites =) Noah likes to read Junie B Jones so I'm sure he would like Ramona too.

    I also think about what reading will be like in the future. Will a library just consist of computers that you can search for a book and then download it? Will they even have libraries? The thought that one day there could be a world without REAL books makes me sad =(

  2. I also had Brown Bear memorized!
    I loved the Ramona Quimby series as well, I could relate to Beezus a lot! My sister and I definitely had that type of relationship.

  3. Such great books mentioned here! I also love the poetry of shel silverstein and the books of louis sachar. Great books of my childhood!

  4. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! I think it's amazing that children today are also reading books that we grew up with. I feel that most of these are definite classics and will be read by children, hopefully forever.

  5. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Brown Bear, Brown Bear remind me of my wonderful kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Brown. I can still remember the rhythm she used to read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Great memories!

  6. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is so much fun to read TO kids as it was to have read to me as a kid!

  7. This makes me love you even more, these are some of my favs!! I love kids books. These are STELLAR choices!


  8. I remember reading Ramona in school :)

  9. Great recommendations! I have a 2 and a 4 year old, so this list is great to keep in mind when I'm picking out new books for them. :) Thank you for sharing and thanks for linking up with us!


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