I’m an avid reader and hope to instill this trait in my children. When I first wrote this post, Parker was 11 months old. Now he is 3 and seems to enjoy books as much as I do. At 11 months you could often catch him pulling all his books off his bookshelf, chewing on a board book or just carrying one around the house with him. Now at 3 years you can often find him flipping through a book making up a story to the pictures or reading the ones he has memorized to his Nana, little sister or a stuffed animal. I hope this join of books continues.
Here are my top 10 children’s books. I have left out the classics as we all know and love them, so I thought I’d share some of the books that you might not have heard of but should definitely check out.
1. The Eensy-Weensy Spider by Mary Ann Hoberman, Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott (Baby-Preschool). This expanded version of the song takes the Eensy-Weensy Spider on a new adventure with each page. Parker enjoys it when I sing this book to him.
2. Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill and Charles Fuge (Baby – Preschool). The fun images along with the rhyming words make this sweet story of a wombat’s favorite things a delight to read.
3. Where Is the Green Sheep? By Mem Fox and Judy Horacek (Baby-Preschool). This book introduces new vocabulary with a different sheep on each page. It’s fun, repetitive and the illustrations are super doper cute.
4. Sneak A Peek; Who am I? Insects by Son Schein Press Editorial. (Baby-Preschool) The pages of this book slide apart to reveal the baby insects. Babies’ will delight in the peek-a-boo insects while older kids will have fun learning about insects and guessing which one is hidden on each page.
5. It’s The Bear by Jez Alborough (Preschool). A rhyming story about a boy and mother who go for a picnic in the woods and run into a bear. A cute story with wonderful illustrations and the rhyming words make it fun to read.
6. Bringing Down the Moon by Jonathan Emmett, Illustrated by Vanessa Cabban (Preschool). A super cute story of a mole that wants the moon for himself and tries different strategies to bring it down from the sky.
7. Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (Preschool). A story of friendship. A boy finds a penguin on his doorstep and during his efforts to help the penguin find his way home realizes the penguin wasn’t lost, he was just lonely.
8. Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! By Rosetta Stone, Illustrated by Michael Frith (Beginner Readers). This was absolutely my favorite book when I was a kid. The illustrations are magical and the story is hilarious. A bug sneezes, which sets off a silly chain of events.
9. Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt (Ages 5 & up). A story of a squirrel that thinks the world is a scary place. What with the killer bees, green Martians, tarantulas, germs and sharks, who wouldn’t? But after a leap into the great unknown he finds out he’s not just a squirrel – he’s a flying squirrel!
10. City of Beasts by Isabel Allende (Ages 10 & up). This is the adventurous tale of 15-year-old Alexander who joins his eccentric grandmother on a writing assignment in South America. The tale is woven with loads of action, a bit of grotesque and just the right amount of magic. There are two other books in this series.
March 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment