Today, I woke up feeling very sleepy…more so than usual. Then, Jonah woke up whispering and complaining of a sore throat. Then Abby woke up feeling generally clingy and fussy. Sooo, we chose to put the school books away and pull out lots of story books. I allowed the kids to pick out whatever books they wanted me to read to them and we all curled up on the couch with blankets and lots of snuggles to enjoy our morning.
So, in honor of our story day, I present to you a condensed version of our favorite children’s books (not all read today!):
1) Anything by Bill Peet. The first Bill Peet book that we read was “The Caboose Who Got Loose”, which is a very cute story about Katy Caboose who is bored with her backward view of the world and is wishing for more excitement. It’s a wonderful story that the kids never tire of…and it’s about a TRAIN!!!! Need I say more.
Our other favorite by Bill Peet is “Cyrus, the Unsinkable Sea Serpent”. A very sweet tale about a loveable sea serpent who is dared into trying to sink a ship…only he ends up on a heroic journey instead. A good story for discussing the choices we make and learning to not follow the crowd.
2) “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel”, by Virginia Burton. This is an oldie, but a goodie. It’s about a man named Mike who sets out to prove that his steam shovel, Maryann, is not outdated and is just as useful as the new machines out there. The kids love cheering for Maryann!!
3) “Cloudy With a Chance for Meatballs”, by Judi Barrett. We discovered this book quite by accident, but it is now one of our favorites. It’s the story of a grandfather telling his two grandkids the biggest tall-tale they have ever heard…involving the town of Chewandswallow and it’s unusual weather. Plus, it has meatballs on the cover. How can you go wrong with a book like that?!!
4) Anything by Karma Wilson. Our first Karma Wilson book was “Never, Ever Shout in a Zoo”. This became Abby’s “First book of her very own” because she loves it soooooo much. We never tire of hearing….”and don’t say I didn’t warn you!” This book is a very cute and silly book…as are all of Karma Wilson’s books (i.e., Sakes Alive, a Cattle Drive; Moose Tracks, etc.”) She is very good at using repetition that the kids love.
5) “The Berenstein Bears and the Spooky Old Tree”, by Stan and Jan Berenstein. This is a very simple beginning reader, with only a few words per page, but both kids still love having it read to them. Of course, they can’t help reading the words right along with me. And heaven forbid I should forget to reach over and shake them as the three little bears “shhhiiiivvvveeeerrrrr” through their adventures!
Oh, the list could go on and on…and probably will later. But for now, what are/were your favorite kids books?