Saturday, February 02, 2008

Thursday 13: Kids Books

The last few days have been a bit crazy, and I just realized my Thurday 13 post was late. Oops! So you'll get it today, on a Saturday.

My love affair with books began when I was about 3, and has never quit. The bright covers, the sweet smell of ink, the beautiful art and oh, those stories. I often think that I should have become a librarian, because I just love being surrounded by them. Books are like treasures.

So having worked with kids for 15 years, I can't resist giving you 13 of my favorite kids books. The list was hard to come up with, because my motto usually is "so many books, so little time!" But here's a small sampling for you. Some are books I've discovered with Jake, some I've found at work with other children, and some are from my own childhood. Enjoy!

1. I Will Never, Not Ever, Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
Got a picky eater in the family? Then this hilarious book is for you. Lola will NOT eat many things until her brother, Charlie, convinces her otherwise.

2. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judy and Ron Barrett
What if it rained hot dogs? Or pancakes? What damage would storms do? That's what the town of Chewandswallow finds out....

3. A Friend For Dragon byDav Pilkey
This is a very sweet, touching book about friendship and loss.

4. Snowmen at Night by Carol Buehner and Mark Beuhner
What do those snowmen do when we're not looking? Amazing art in this one caught my eye immediately.

5. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (the series...Give a Moose a Muffin, Give a Pig a Pancake) by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Very cute and fun to read, especially if you've just baked with the kids.

6. Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
Tacky is loud, dresses differently then the other penguins, and they think he's a little weird. Until he saves the day, that is!

7. Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh
Martha eats some alphabet soup and the letters go to her brain instead of her stomach. What would you do if your dog could talk?

8. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
A young girl is left behind to survive on her own when her tribe leaves their island, with her younger brother and a pack of wild dogs.

9. King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
A stable boy and his adventures with a stallion; Marguerite Henry has an entire series of books, and this was what sparked my love for all of them.

10. Ramona the Pest by Beverley Cleary
Many kids can relate to Ramona...who gets into trouble in Kindergarten for pulling another girl's curls, and loves to draw the Q in her last name with ears, so it looks like a cat. The entire Ramona series is well worth the read!

11. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
One of my most favorite series as a child was the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I'm not sure if I think the movie does it justice, but the adventures of the children throughout the series kept me spellbound.

12. The Witches by Roald Dahl
I'm cheating a little here, because I didn't read this book until I had kids of my own. Best done as a read aloud, Jake and I were in hysterics; especially when I had to read the Grand High Witch's lines, because she has a distinct accent. Very, very funny.

13. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery
I didn't discover Anne until I hit my teens, but that didn't stop me; I then read every single book that LM Montgomery published. Anne is a harder read for kids, but absolutely hilarious, and girls will love her adventures and the trouble she always finds herself in.

Ohhhhh there's more! But I guess I have to stop there.

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