Maybe it was fatigue or just the thought of one more thing on my to do list. The fact is I myself am not a reader. I read slow and feel like I am constantly re-reading it to comprehend what I just read. Not exactly my most favorite way to spend my free time. But I know I need to read to my boys.
I was totally overwhelmed when I would go to the library. I had no idea what to pick. I was drowning in a sea of books. It seemed like a lot of the books seem to have values contrary to what I am trying to instill in my boys. I was frantically trying to pick books quickly while keeping an eye on my boys. Frustrating!
This year we started the adventure of homeschooling, and I knew I HAD to get better at reading to my boys. I also wanted to help lengthen my oldest’s attention span and get him started reading on his own. So, I dusted off a book a dear friend gave my for my baby shower called Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt. The first half is filled with lots of great information on how to raise children who love to read. The second half of the book is filled with annotated lists of classic books for children 0-14years. So we checked a few out, and you know what, WE LOVE TO READ!! I found that I love classic good old books. You know, the kind we grew up on.
A lot of these books aren’t filled with glossy colorful pictures but they are amazing. My boys love them. Some of our favorite books have very monochromatic pictures.
Here are a few to get you started before you head to the library and check out the book “Honey for a Childs Heart”. Oh, and one tip before you go to the library: Write down a bunch of author names and keep it in your wallet so that anytime you go, you have your list handy to pick from great titles.
This is our list of “Read it again, Mom” books…
Picture Books for Children
Arnold Lobel – Frog and Toad book series
Robert McCloskey – Blueberries for Sal and Make Way for Ducklings
Peggy Rathmann – Good Night Gorilla
Mercer Mayer – There’s an Alligator Under My Bed and the collection of Little Critter Books
William Steig – Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Doctor De Soto, Pete’s a Pizza (Great book for dad to read. After they read it they will be acting it out and plan a pizza party that night!)
Margaret Wise Brown – Two Little Trains
Eric Hill – Spot books
Virginia Burton – Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and Katy and the Big Snow
Denise Fleming – Time to Sleep (she has many other wonderful books as well)
Jules Feiffer – Bark George
Kate McMullen and Jim McMullen – I Stink, I’m Dirty, I’m Mighty, I’m Big, I’m Fast
I better stop, I could go on for awhile…
I asked a couple moms who have older children what their favorite books are. Here are a few from their list…
Perfect for reading aloud or Older independent readers:
Elizabeth Yates – Mountain Born
Dorothy Canfield Fisher – Understood Betsy
A.A. Milne – The House at Pooh Corner
Howard R. Garis – Uncle Wiggily’s Storybook
Various Authors – Childhood of Famous Americans Series
Gertrude Chandler Warner – The Boxcar Children series
Donald J. Sobel – Encyclopedia Brown series
Laura Ingalls Wilder – Little House on the Prairie
Also check out the books on tape at your library. We love them especially for car trips! We love this set of Curious George Books on CD.
So I encourage you to find something you love to read over and over to your children!!
What are your favorite children’s books? My favorite books growing up where Amelia Bedelia and Berenstein Bears (my boys love them too). Tell me about your favorite local library?
“Children become readers on the laps of their parents.” Emilie Buchwald