We're mothers, and sisters, and we love reading to our kids. We know that helping our kids create a great relationship with books and reading is an important foundation to life-long learning. Sometimes we've had to search for just the right book to help our kids with a specific skill or life transition. We've also noticed that not all children's book are created equal and that some stand out to us as having lasting impact. It's those stand-out books that we want to share with you - the books our kids keep requesting, and the ones that we enjoy reading to them, again and again - and again!
Just a quick personal aside- this book is old and well loved. When I rediscovered it a few years ago, I found the following note inside the cover: isn't this just how life with kids is? Anyway...this caterpillar named Charlie is newly born but he can't figure out why no-one wants to play with him. Everyone … Continue reading Charlie the Caterpillar
This book is a favorite around here. It tells the story of Chillbert, a snowboy, who is smaller than all of his friends. He discovers that no matter what, you can make a difference! He is eager to help out and play with his friends, but he can't quite make the cut due to his small … Continue reading There’s Snowbody Like You
Mrs. Mallard faces some challenges while trying to help her new ducklings across busy traffic. Their old friend Office Michael helps them out and calls in reinforcements. One the family is together again, in the park, they like it so much that they decide to stay.
Perhaps this book is speaking to the creativity and resourcefulness of love.
Supposedly a folklore story (of unknown origin), this is an Easter story told from the perspective of three trees. Each tree is standing side-by-side atop a hill and dreaming about it's future. The first wants to be made into the most beautiful treasure chest in the world, the second wants to be a strong sailing ship to "travel mighty waters and carry powerful kings," and the third dreams of staying on the mountaintop and becoming the tallest tree in the world so that people think of God when they see it.
The colors are bold and big in this book that highlights the planting, tending, and harvesting of the garden that ultimately goes into vegetable soup.
The great part is that it's short and sweet but also satisfying enough for bedtime - for those nights when it's already past bedtime and you're in a bit of a rush to get the kids to sleep.
The text's rhythm is so nice that it almost sounds like you're singing the words to a beat as you read them.
This retelling of the classic story, Chicken Little, has a little something for everyone. Steven Kellogg is a very prolific children's book author and illustrator and the characters in this book display his signature style and sense of humor. The story begins, as usual, with Chicken Little being hit on the head by an acorn and believing the sky is falling. Foxy Loxy is watching from the bushes ready to make his move when each of Chicken Little's friends try to come to the aid with shear panic and calls for the police. Foxy Loxy is beside himself with greed as he fantasizes about how he will prepare and eat each of the the foul.
This is a fun - and funny - rhyming book about an ant and a fleet of spiders who help a fallen teapot, cheered on by the rest of the kitchen. It is downright fun to read.