Now that the eldest is out of the board (bored) book phase, and into longer picture books, I am finding it more difficult to find quality books mixed with quality illustrations. I want to read to my girls books that teach goodness and kindness, and respectful behavior. I love books that are also meaningful to me as I read them. Beth gave me some great advice about books once (and I believe this advice first came from her mother). She said never buy a book you won't want to read a hundred times over. Such wise words! I mean, who can really read those Fisher Price nonsense books more than once? Or those weird Disney sequel books? You probably have no idea what I am talking about, but you can fill in the blank. You know, those books you picked out of the free box that one time, or that Rainbow Bright book you had as a girl that you may or may not have scribbled in with a hot pink marker.
Well, I am now actively searching out good books that will be classics, that I will love having on my shelf. Here are three that we are reading right now:
The Bee Tree, by Patricia Polacco, is about a girl and her grandfather, going on a hunt for the Bee Tree, hidden in the forest. They follow the bees back to their hive and have some help along the way. Great moral lessons in the end. Beautiful illustrations.
The Seven Silly Eaters, by Mary Ann Hoberman, just makes me smile every time. If you are a busy mom, with lots to do and many mouths to feed, you will be able to relate. Not a fan of the picky eaters part, but love the rhymes, and the sweetness of the parents and the children. Absolutely hilarious pictures. The mister would love it if we lived in a home like this, Guaranteed!
Finally, The Mitten, by Jan Brett. An all time favorite. I haven't found a Jan Brett book I haven't liked, but this one I love. Totally preposterous, but sweet all the same!
What are your favorite books for young readers? When the mister was young he was very fond of:
I would love some more recommendations! I know Beth would, too. Right, Beth?