Friday, May 23, 2014

Me. . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell: If you've been following along through this series, it's no secret we love Patrick McDonnell in this house. I'm pretty sure at least one of his books has been in each of these collections. They're simple and heart warming, the illustrations just embody childhood in a way that most other children's book fail to, and they're entertaining for me, an adult, to read as well. This is a story about Jane Goodall and her childhood toy named Jubilee. If the name Jane Goodall doesn't ring a bell, you have to research her. I find her fascinating. Anyway, this story has a touch of whimsy that will make it a childhood classic and content that will story your and your child's hearts and encourage you to get outside and love this Earth we live on.

The Children Who Loved Books by Peter Carnavas: This is one of my favorite children's books of all time and I never say that lightly! I feel like this book was written with my soul and our family in mind. It is just absolutely perfect in every way. It's the story of a family of four (and a few animals) who live in a camper full of books. The illustrations are quirky but comforting and I immediately fell in love with the family! I really can't believe I've never heard of this author before. We renewed this book as many times as the library would let us and still could have read it every night afterwards. I'm on a mission to find more of his books and to make 'The Children Who Loved Books' a regular rotation in our bedtime story lineup!

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood: We actually happened upon this book when Alex's mom sent us his copy from his childhood. Evie immediately fell in love. You see, she loves bears, she loves mice, and she loves strawberries, so it seems this book was made for her. It's about a little mouse that finds a strawberry. A conversation happens with the reader about the big hungry bear that loves strawberries and the many ways the mouse can try to keep the bear from finding his strawberry and eating it up. To a two year old, it's suspenseful, clever, and exciting. Ev loves that she is included in the story. This is a classic that any toddler should read at least once!

Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan: I have plans to do a roundup of my favorite bedtime books, but I thought I'd give you a spoiler - this one will be on the list. A little owl takes you on a tour of the night forest. Crickets sing, frogs croak, and as the night goes on 'the moonflowers close and the morning glories open.' The little owl asks his Mama what the daytime is like and she begins to describe it as the sun rises and little owl falls fast asleep. It puts a twist on traditional bedtime stories, teaches children about nocturnal animals, and is comforting and poetic. The illustrations are beautiful, but still simple and easy for children to relate to. It's a must-have for anyone looking to expand their bedtime library!

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson: Julia Donaldson is quickly becoming another one of our favorites around here. Her stories are clever and inventive and the too-silly-to-actually-be-scary illustrations  in this one top it off. This story is about a quick-thinking mouse who happens upon several animals that would like to invite him to lunch, if you know what I mean, so he invents an imaginary monster and begins mentioning it just as these animals begin to get a little too hungry. Even the mouse believes the monster to be imaginary until he walks upon an animal that curiously resembles the monster he's been spreading the word about through the forest. You'll have to read the book to find out what happens next, but I'm warning you adults - you may end up a bigger fan of this book than you're little ones and I'm sure they'll be enthralled.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jim Aylesworth: Everyone has heard the story of Goldilocks and the three bears and there is nothing exceptionally special about this particular version (although I bought the Golden Book version and Aylesworth's version is definitely better than that one). In Waldorf-fashion, I wanted to expose Ev to a fairytale, mostly to gauge her reaction. When I brought this book home and started to flip through it I thought it was too long and would surely bore her, but she was absolutely enthralled. I guess those Waldorf people have something figured out because this child has never held still a moment in her life and she was absolutely frozen. Since then we have read the story of the three bears over and over and it never gets old. The illustrations are charming and luscious, reminiscent of an old classic. We loved this version so much I'm thinking of buying it instead of the one we currently have.

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae: This is a clever little story of a giraffe named Gerald who's biggest dream in life is to dance, but his knees are wobbly and his neck is long nd the list goes on as to why he can't dance. All of the other animals make fun of him except one, whose words encourage him to find the song that's right for his dance. With clever rhymes, lively illustrations, and subtle encouragement this book will be a fast favorite with you and your toddler.

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  1. I stumbled across this post due to Pinterest pin -- thanks for the recs! I haven't seen "The Children Who Loved Books" before but it sounds like a book after my own heart (and my kids' hearts.).

    My younger son is waaayyy into "Pete the Cat" these days. He's also a major fan of Todd Parr's books, especially "Underwear Do's and Don'ts" (he's such a boy). :)

  2. I am always looking for books for my toddler, thanks for the recs! Stopping by from the Blogger's Digest blog hop!



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