December 3, 2015
Books, books, books. If there is one thing that is the most important part of our day, our schooling, our teaching, bedtime, play time, and just about anything else time….that one thing is books. We read all day long around these parts.
Abigail has always enjoyed books and now Miss Mabel gets to join in on the action too! I love when she is sitting next to us and clearly engaged in listening to me read. It’s awesome!
Anyway, we haven’t quite delved into the full chapter book arena yet. We’ve tried Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and Little House on the Prairie, but have only made it a few chapters into each one. Abigail is still at a place where she loves lots of pictures. She can sit for a crazy long time to listen to a book but she needs something to look at and not just listen to to stay interested. Which works for now!
So, I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite children’s books that we read regularly in our home. Though, I would love to hear what your favorite children’s books to read are too! Any recommendations or suggestions are always welcome- be sure to leave them in the comment section below!
We love the Berenstain Bears! They have so many wonderful stories in their collections that address issues that are perfectly geared towards my five year old. I will say, I do edit a fair number of the older books because I’m not a fan of how they created Papa Bear- but in the newer versions, I haven’t found any that have to be edited.
Clifford is classic. There are endless holiday options, puppy days, and big dog stories to be read. My Dad even grabbed her a “Clifford goes to Washington D.C.” when he was there recently for a business trip. So much fun! Easy to read, fun to look at, and no editing required 😉
Oh that curious little monkey, we love his stories! And I love cracking up at old timey illustrations in the originals- the man in the yellow hat capturing him with his giant gun, George smoking a pipe, him selling out to a big movie producer and celebrating with cigars, sniffing Ether at the hospital. Hilarious. ANYWAY. The newer versions lose that “classic” flair, but both are fun stories about an adorable monkey who gets into all sorts of shenanigans.
We’ve only recently gotten into Fancy Nancy since we joined the library, but I’m fairly convinced of this one thing. Abigail is Fancy Nancy. Their vocabulary is basically the same and now that we’ve been reading these books she’s only becoming more and more verbose. (During her birthday party she complained to Jim that she was “perspiring”. Yep) Love the stories in these books and the vocabulary words in the back of the book are awesome for little minds!
There aren’t many books that crack Abigail up more than Miss Amelia Bedelia. Half the time she doesn’t even understand the puns and miscommunication, but she still thinks the outcomes are HILARIOUS. Some of these stories are fairly short to read and some of them are surprisingly long, but we’ve enjoyed every one that we’ve read so far!
As I mentioned above, we’ve tried Little House On The Prairie and Farmer Boy, but after a few chapters it was hard to keep her excited about reading the story. No pictures is hard! So these books fill that void. They are short stories of all of your favorite parts inside the originals but all paired with gorgeous illustrations and easy to read pages. We have almost every story in this series and it’s impossible to pick a favorite. They’re all wonderful.
So there you have it! A brief breakdown of some of our very favorite children’s books in this house! I’d love to hear what you’re loving to read with your littles, so be sure to chime in!
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