Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Favorite Books

This is one of my loves.

Yesterday the boys were playing out in the backyard.  I had left a new stack of library books on the kitchen counter.
When they came in, I found all of them like this in the front room.  Books spread out all over the floor from their perusing -- and then quiet, each in their own book.

I had to snap some photos. We love stories and words.

After reading my friend Catherine's post about their favorite books for children in 2011, I vowed to post our favorites, too. 
I commented and told her how much I love new recommendations and that I'd post our faves.
So here they are Cath, and I'm probably leaving out a few.
This is kind of exhaustive, but once I got started, it was hard not to include this one or that one.

Hopefully some of these will be new reads going into your library bag.  
You'll have to let me know what you think.

Bread & Jam for Frances (and, for that matter, all the Francis books: Best Friends for Frances, Bedtime for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, and A Birthday for Frances) by Russell Hoban
OxCart Man by Donald Hall
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Lentil by Robert McCloskey
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
The Beatrix Potter books (particularly The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck and The Tale of Tom Kitten, currently)
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky
Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
The Olivia Books by Ian Falconer (Olivia, Olivia Saves the Circus, and Olivia Forms a Band, among others)
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
The Wedding Procession of the Ragdoll and the Broom Handle and Who Was In It by Carl Sandburg*
The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola (and the other Strega Nona books, too)
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Iza Trapani
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
The Curious George Books by H.A. Rey (esp. Curious George and Curious George Rides a Bike)
The Story of Babar by Jean De Brunhoff
Babar and His Children by Jean De Brunhoff
It's Raining Said John Twaining by N. M. Bodecker*
Albert's Toothache by Barbara Williams (old edition, which I have, is out of print -- but there's a newer addition and the title is Albert's Impossible Toothache)
Mother Rabbit's Son Tom by Gackenbach*
Ring O' Roses by Leslie Brooke*
The Frog & Toad books by Arnold Lobel
Jack & The Beanstalk (several versions of this)
Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Lon Po Po by Ed Young
One Fine Day by Nonny Hogrogian
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
Sleeping Beauty by Mahlon F. Craft
The Little Wooden Farmer by Alice Dalgliesh*
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
A Girl and Her Gator by Sean Bryan
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Some fun learning books
26 Letters and 99 Cents by Tana Hoban
Domino Addition by Lynette Long
Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Color by Mary O'Neill*
Dr. Seuss' ABC by Dr. Seuss

Some Newly Discovered Favorites
The King's Taster by Kenneth Oppel
Samantha on a Roll by Linda Ashman
The Sea Serpent and Me by Dashka Slater
Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
The Best Kind of Kiss by Margaret Allum
Hogwash by Karma Wilson
Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gernstein
That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell
Epossumondas Plays Possum by Coleen Salley
*Out of print but available on Amazon

What are your favorites that you read again and again at your house?
Please share!

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