Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pick Out A Book

I've been working on organizing and decorating Sadie's room and I realized she doesn't have many books. This saddens me. I know she's only 4 months old but she LOVES books. She likes to look at the different pages to see all the neat pictures. I think for Christmas she is going to get some new books (and she's going to "get" this too. I want her to grow up knowing how blessed she is and I want her to have a giving heart). She will only be 8 months so it seems silly to buy her things she doesn't need. At that age she'll be entertained by the leftover wrapping paper and boxes.

Ok, so, since I'm going to be buying some books I need your help. I know MANY of you have children or are around children so you probably know some of their favorite books to read. I'd love to hear your suggestions.

Thanks in advance.

And just for fun, here's Sadie Lady from earlier today. Gosh I love this girl.


Bethany said...

We LOVE books at our house too! Favorites include all of the Eric Carle books (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, etc), Corduroy, Cookies:Bitesize Life Lessons (SO cute), The Kissing Hand, Dr. Seuss books & any other rhyming books, Baby Danced the Polka, Pinkalicious, The Arthur Books by Marc Brown, The Bernstein Bears books...just to name a few. Also don't forget the classics--The Ugly Duckling, Aesop's Fables, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, etc. Some of these will be above Sadie's level at first, but she will love you reading them to her and I've always been told to read to your children at a level above where they're at to challenge them so to speak.

Aaron, Lacey, and Audrey said...

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?
I Love You all year long
Duck and Goose by Tad Hills (a favorite!)
My First Read and Learn Bible
Good Morning, Good Night!
Baby Sign Language

These are just a few of my girls favorite books! :)

Amanda said...

My daughter just turned 2, but she LOVES books by Sandra Boynton. She also really enjoys The Bear Snores On, Bears New Friend (and there are a few others)

jodibrewer said...

We love the Gossie books by Olivier Dunrea. Also, most of the Sandra Boynton books are hilarious...we love "Barnyard Dance," "What's Wrong,Little Pookie?,"The Going to Bed Book," and "Moo Baa La La La" the best. Other favorites for learning words, animals, etc are these... & Actually, all the Priddy books are great for babes!!

Laura said...

Braysen loves the Duck & Goose books. Mom had given him the Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin book for Halloween last year, & it is his absolute favorite! We recently got 3 more Duck & Goose books from the Pampers rewards, & he likes them as well. Not sure what it is about these books, but they're his favorites ;)

Lauren said...

If I started recommending books, I'm afraid I'd never stop. Plus, I'd like to see what books people recommend for little girls. =) But I had to comment just to say that Sadie is as cute as she can be. Seriously. I know you're having a blast with her.

mom2themonkeys said...

My son was just NUTS about books. We would read unlimited numbers of them. He is an amazing reader now.

He loved the Sandra Boyton books because I set them to a tune and sang them to him. He also loved a book called Because a Little Bug Went ka-Choo. He also loved, I Love You Stinky Face.

Books are the BEST!!!

J. Johnson said...

My children are 14 and 17, but there are a few books I can still recite by heart because I read them so much!
1) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
2) Green Eggs and Ham
3) Good Night, Moon
4) I Love You Forever

Leslie said...

My all time favorite is "Home for a Bunny" by Margaret Wise Brown, she has many sweet books. I also love the old Little Golden Books - Eloise Wilkins has some great titles. My daughter wanted me to read these over and over. The Boynton books were really popular with my kids as well. OH! How could I forget Maisy?

Danielle said...

Some of our suggestions:

~The goodnight moon series has goodnight books for different places so we get them where ever we go, like goodnight new york city, etc.
~On the Night You Were Born
~Goodnight My Love
~Are you My Mother

Thanks for posting this, I love finding new book ideas for Rowen!

Miss E said...

Anything by Sandra Boynton & Eric Carle... Olivia the pig books & Max Lucado books, are perfect with Godly messages

Diane said...

I'm going to misspell this, but Curdoroy is a good book, as she gets older.

There are also some ABC books and such that have rattles and hard covers so if the baby chews on them, it's okay. That's been a good thing for us over the years. :-)

J said...

Oh my goodness I love books so much that I can't possibly list ALL of the ones I would suggest. I'm not a Mommy yet but do teach 2nd grade and love books. Here are my top 10--
1. Amelia Bedelia series
2. Where the Wild Things Are
3. Pinkalicious-- every little girl needs this book.
4. You Were Loved Before You Were Born
5. Guess How Much I Love You
6. Love You Forever
7. On the Night You Were Born
8. Counting Kisses
9. Oh The Places You'll Go-- may be for when she is older but a great book!!
10. Runaway Bunny

Like I said, I could go on and on. If you need any more ideas, I'm happy to share.

The Kempf Family said...

Like all the other commenters, we love books! My 16 month old son loves to look at books by himself and be read to. Some favorites are:

Little Blue Truck
Little Blue Truck Leads the Way
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo
My Truck is Stuck
Tugga-Tugga Tugboat
Boynton books are great!

Usborne books are also wonderful - That's not my tractor/dolly/monkey (etc.) are great! Love all that we have, especially the lift and look ones.

Love to see all the others that people read to their kids! Great idea on asking for ideas!

Melanie said...

"Is Your Momma a Llama?"
"Pajama Time" by Sandra Boynton
"The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear"
"The Big Red Barn"
There's a wonderful toddler bible that my son loved when he was very young. The bible stories were a page long.
Minnie & Moo books when she's older.

Adam & Suzanne Greeley said...

Some of my kids favorites are:
Where's spot
Counting kisses
I love you through and through - love this one
Dear zoo
All Sandra boyton
Usbourne books are a fab here too ESP. The touchy geeky ones
I would recommend fancy Nancy over pinkalicious - I went to buy it on amazon and a lot of the reviews made me not buy it - apparently there are some not so good messages in the book - that being said I haven't read it- but I'm pretty picky about my kids reading books where the characters disrespect their parents - just my 2 cents:)

Ashley said...

I Love You Through and Through. It is SOOO sweet! The Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap books, the Golden Classics books, any board books (like Rainbow Fish), any Eric Carle, Fancy Nancy, first word books that have very large pictures and few words, Touch-and-feel books (especially of animals)...
I could go on and on!!!!

Ashley said...

I just found your blog recently, this is my first time to post. Books are a big deal around our house too. It's hard to pick favorites actually, but a few that, to me, are a most:

*Karen Kingsbury's children's books are wonderful, my favorite is: Let me Hold You Longer. I still get teary when I read it to my babies. It puts so many things into perspective.

*Along those same lines is Max Lucado's book, Just in Case You Ever Wonder.

Both of these will be more for you ;) even though you are reading it to her.

*My children LOVE, LOVE the Little Quack series and anything Dr. Seuss.

Brian and Sarah said...

I'm so surprised no one has mentioned the llama books - we LOVE Llama Llama Red Pajama and Llama Llama Misses Mama!! They are very rhyme-y and rhythmic and our daughter (she's 2.5) had them memorized within a week! She loves "reading" them to us after we read them to her, or if we pause she'll pick up and finish teh page. There is a new one coming out soon, I can't remember what it's about, but it's on Amazon for pre-order. Super cute!

Jill said...

Every year, the Texas Library Association promotes a list of 20 of the most newly published books that they feel are the best and most appropriate for children aged 2 through 2nd grade. Thus, they call it the 2x2 list. Here is this year's list:
From there, you can access previous years' lists. Happy Reading!

Allison said...

Love you Forever is a definite favorite! Guess How Much I Love You, God Gave Us You, and The Giving Tree, are some of our favorites!

Tara G. said...

Check out the Sonlight website- their booklists are so good! I've picked out the ones I'd like my kids to have and made an Amazon wish list for birthdays/Christmas before. Eric Carle has so many cute books (Zulily has a sale now)- many in board book format for little ones still tasting their environment! There is a large collection of story books we love called Treasury of Picture Book Classics by Harper Collins. I also have a "must read" book list for all ages that someone put together; if you'd like that, e-mail me at mrsyellowhat@yahoo dot com and I'll send it to you.

Laura and family said...

Gabe's favorites are the "Llama Llama" books- he is obsessed! At Sadie's age we read lots of Sandra Boynton though.

Jennie said...

I have an 18-month old. He is so in love with the book Noisy Farm. It's a small flip board book, and when you flip the page it shows the animal sound. He says "say?" He will NOT make the sound until he flips the page. It is the cutest thing. He also loves Little Blue Truck. It's a fun one to read.