Reading books has been an evening ritual in our family from the first day we brought Parker home the hospital. I read him Good Night Moon in our glider, carefully cradling his head in my arm and slowly turning the pages of his board book. I remember times where I needed him to fall asleep on car trips and I would slowwwly and methodically recite the book by heart in the sleepiest voice I could muster. As he grew older we let him pick three stories each night and we have continued that tradition to this day. While the books have gotten longer and some evenings his attention span is that of a gnat, we love this time together. Dawson has also adopted this tradition but Parker has definitely logged more reading hours then his younger brother.I have been meaning to write this blog post for almost six months, every evening I am reminded of this topic: my favorite “Old” and “New” Books. However after our reading sessions I am so groggy I forget. I will define “Old Books” as those I remember from my childhood, and “New Books” as those that I have learned about as a parent. Now full disclosure I was born in 1982 so my definition of “New” is anything but.
NEW BOOKS: I listed them from your youngest lil’ reader to older children. These are all tested and approved by both our boys and Mom and Dad because let’s face it there is nothing worse then getting stuck reading a terrible book, especially a long one!
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes My sister in law got us this book, it is an adorable tale that teaches us that children from all walks of life and countries are more alike then different.
Won’t you be my Kissaroo A co-worker passed this playful book along before Parker was born and it has been a family favorite every since. The book explores all kinds of kisses from “Morning Kisses” to “Puppy Kisses”. Plus it gives you a good excuse to smooch your baby a bagillion times 🙂
Leaves Parker was given this for his 1st birthday. This is one of the few recommendations on this list that does not include rhymes. A cute story that begins with a bear in the fall watching the leaves fall and then finishes with the new leaves welcoming him in spring.
Giraffes Can’t Dance An adorable tale that teaches kids its ok to be different, we used this book to help us illustrate what kindness looks like as well as to not judge people by how they look.
All the World This is a recent favorite. At Parker’s school this is called “The Friday Book”, there is a fun tradition where each student brings one piece of Fruit on Friday. Then the older classes make it into a large fruit salad and deliver it to the younger classes and read them this book. It makes my heart melt to think of Parker delivering fruit salad to Dawson and then reciting this book as a class.
The Little Snowplow My godson’s parents got this book for the boys. It is an awesome story about strength not being proportionate to size. Also living in Vermont it’s nice to have some seasonally appropriate books for our snowy winters 🙂
The Circus Ship This book was given to us by my Boy mom mentor Sarah. A Circus Ship crashes off the coast of Maine and the animals find their way to a small island. The people are scared at first but then become friends with the 15 animals. There is a fun “I Spy” element of looking for the animals on every page.
OLD SCHOOL: These need no explanation, they are all tried and true classics. My only fear in purchasing one of these as a gift is that people often already have them so the books above are a safer bet for gifting.
What are some of your favorite children’s books, either old or new?