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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Great Books for Kids--your ideas, please!

My mom, Martha reading to her granddaughter, Darcy

     Reading together with children is something I cherish. In this section, along with reviewing new children's books, I would love to get a discussion going--what books do your children particularly enjoy and why? I was parenting young children in the mid-80's and early 90's, and then teaching preschool until 2007--so I know great ones from that era--Owl Moon, Grandfather Twilight, and my preschooler's favorites: the "No, David!" series.
What are your favorites?
     If you haven't used it already I want to let you know about "The Read-Aloud Handbook," by Jim Trelease. It is filled with ideas and is now in it's 6th printing. Here's another resource from my local library system:
     I look forward to hearing about your suggestions--please feel free to post in the comments section.


  1. When our kids were little we started early with "chapter books". It made it fun at bedtime as we all looked forward to what was going to happen next. Some of our favorites were the, Hank the Cow Dog series and, The Indian and the Cupboard series. Hank is a hilarious dog in charge of ranch security. The Indian in the Cupboard was so magical and also had many funny and suspenseful moments. Other favorites that we loved were, Watership Down, the Cricket in Times Square and Wind in the Willows. Other classics, are the A.A. Milne poems. The subjects are fun and we find ourselves even today reciting the rhymes. So many wonderful family memories of reading with my children.

  2. Thanks, Cindy! What great suggestions.