Today as we raise our children we are told to read to them. Read to them as early as possible and often as possible. I have found my favorite hobby is not knitting, playing tennis or even reading a book for my own enjoyment, but finding myself either in the juvenile section of Barnes & Noble or the .
If I can steal 20 minutes a week, I just browse the shelves for new and different books. I love the smell of books: New books and that familiar smell from our youth of the library. I find myself volunteering in the school library and picking the librarians' brains on what their favorite books are.
Yes, I am the parent who buys books for your kids’ birthday and hosts book swaps for the holidays.
I am always looking for new books for the kids and thought what a perfect place to start the discussion than on Moms Talk. Not only will we all get a few new book ideas, but maybe we will be inspired to read to our children tonight and hear those famous words, “Mom, just one more book, PLEASE!”
Here are a few of my favorites to get us started. Please add some of your favorites and any reading tips you might have. I'm interested in seeing some young adult books on here too ... what do you recommend for your kids once they are doing more reading on their own? Is there any such thing as a "Banned Book" in your home?
Piggy and Elephant Series (Mo Williems)
Mercy Watson Series (Kate DiCamillo)
George and Martha (James Marshall)
Lily and the Purple Plastic Purse (And other Kevin Henkes Stories)
The Little Train (And others by Lois Lenski)
The Kissing Hand (Audrey Penn)The Little House (And Others by Virginia Lee Burton)
The Cat Club/Jenny Linsky Series (Esther Averill)
The Cricket in Time Square (Anything by Seldon)
Charlotte’s Web (EB White)
Toys Go Out (Emily Jenkins)
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Grace Lin)
Three Cups of Tea (Young Adult version/Greg Mortenson)
The Mysterious Benedict Society Series (Trenton Lee Stewart)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Brian Selznick)