Off topic a bit, its holiday and birthday season around here and in this house we really like to give and receive books. But… There is something really important that every giver of children’s books should do before they buy any kids a book. Read it. Out loud if possible. If you don’t want to do that, I don’t either. As the reader of many stories, I can tell you not all kid books are created equal and some are down right awful. It is torture when you have to read (out loud) for the billionth time the awful drivel of a crummy book. And its not going to encourage any kid to love books if they are poorly written and the adults want to avoid reading them because they’d rather claw their own eyes out…
And there is nothing better then then a good story. So, a short list* of some of our beloved favorites:
And the #1 book in this house, Sheep in a Jeep
EDIT: And how on earth did I almost forget Tikki Tikki Tembo!?
I could go on, but really what I want to know is what are your favorites? Either current or remembered, we’d love to hear about them, because when you read each book millions and billions and trillions of times, its nice to have variety.
*Omitting the really obvious, of course we love anything Maurice Sendak, anything Dr. Seuss, Goodnight Moon, Are you my mother, etc…
** Our copy of Kermit the Hermit has now belonged to 3 generations of my family! I’m surprised it still has a spine.
(Disclaimer: all links to Amazon for simplicity, if you do want to find any of these titles for any of the small people you know, please check your local library or consider ordering them from a local bookshop if you can)