This week, I want to talk about children’s books because
there are many great ones at the moment. I’m really hoping you guys come
forward with your recommendations, as well, and then we can get a list going of
GREATEST BOOKS OF ALL TIME FOR SMALL CHILDREN TO READ and turn it into a book.
The Book of Children’s
My Nana happens to be the master of children’s book buying,
so MOST, if not ALL of the great books in our children’s library come from
(Thank you, Nana.)
They are in no particular order, and, yes, most of them ARE
in fact written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers because HE IS THE BEST. AND HE IS SO
HANDSOME, TOO, HOLY SHIT, THIS IS INNAPROPRIATE TO PUT IN BOLD IN A POST ABOUT
BOOKS FOR CHILDREN, BUT JUST PRETEND I AM TYPING WITH OBSTINATE FINGERS, MR.
JEFFERS, BUT WHOA WHOA WHOA HANDSOME ALERT…
Anyway, here are 11 Books to be Enjoyed by Children and
A Nana gift (of course), this book rings very true to my own
experience of trying to fix things only to make them worse in the process, but
beyond that, it’s preposterous. Please ignore the people on Amazon who are
claiming that “Stuck will teach your child to throw people into trees.” I am pretty
sure it will not do that.
Another Nana book, I read Poem-Mobiles to Fable’s
class last week and everyone LOVED it. Best reading-to-class-book EVER because
it’s SO imaginative and beautiful to look at with lines like, “I am a very
moving van…” and, well, PUN CENTRAL. Nice work, dudes.
I am newly obsessed with these literary board books after
buying Bo and Revi 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Sense & Sensibility'. Not only do they
make beautiful gifts for the lit-loving toddler in your life, they do a
beautiful job exploring the prevalent themes in classic children’s literature,
but like, Board Book style.
And another Nana book, this one has been an every-night(er)
in our house for the last few months. Beyond being funny and hugely
entertaining, it’s also insightful and thought-provoking. (What does it feel
like to be the favorite? Exhausting, right? What does it feel like to be
untouched? Sad… ) It’s a perfect children’s book.
I was sure I’d written about this gem
before, but apparently not. It is about a tiger that decides to go naked and
walk on all fours and NOBODY CAN BELIEVE IT because TIGERS ARE SUPPOSED TO WALK
ON TWO FEET AND WEAR CLOTHES, which, well… huh. I love this book very much. It
speaks to the balance of GOING WILD and knowing when to tame the beast within.
It was (not surprisingly) a gift for Bo last Christmas, but it has become a
favorite of all of ours. To wildness! And compromising our wildness when we
must! (Both important.)
'Wild' and 'Mr. Tiger Goes Wild' could be
companion books. Wild is about respecting our differences while embracing our
FREEDOM to be who we are. It is joyful and whimsical, beautifully illustrated –
a book for children of all ages.
Oh, how we love Molly Lou Melon. She is THE COOLEST. She
dances to the beat of her own… drum made out of doll parts and recycled water
bottles. Molly Lou is brave, quirky and imaginative, ever lost (and found) in
her very own world of wonderful. Go, Molly!
I love these books – they’re beautifully written and
illustrated (the details are beyond) and immediately calm me when I read
them. They are the perfect “last book in
the stack” before lights out – like lullabies for eyes and ears. Let’s get
cozy, kids. Flick the nightlight. Pass the Bat Book… and the blanket.
Hug Me is about a cactus who needs a hug. Unfortunately he
comes from a family of non-huggers. This book makes me sad for those who grow
up in unfulfilled environments and happy for those who are able to seek and
find their own happy place. Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Real. Find your people, kids. They are out there.
They are waiting.
I have written about these books before, here, but I couldn’t build a Top Ten list without including
them both because they are STILL, years later, on a weekly rotation in our
house. They are spectacular books and my most purchased birthday present(s)
ever for kids’ birthdays. If you do not own them, please do. Or check them out
at a library near you.
about you guys? What are you loving + reading to your kids at