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December 13, 2011

My favorite thing to buy for children (and I have a surprising number to buy for) are books.  Books can be kept forever and treasured over and over again.  Toys are nice, but are outgrown so quickly and there always seems to be too many of them. Because of my love of books, especially children’s literature, I get asked all the time for book recommendations.  So here are some of my all-time favorites.  I hope this helps.

Baby/Toddler Board Books

Hippos Go Berserk! by Sandra Boynton

This book is fun and teaches counting by silly rhymes.  It’s sing-song rhythm is not only fun for kids, but also for parents.

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

This book is great for babies and toddlers because it is interactive and has the added benefit of being silly enough to entertain both child and parent.

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood

This book has beautiful full-page illustrations and clever, cheeky humor that keeps this one entertaining with each repeated reading.

Preschool Books

The Monster at the End of This Book

The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone

I never get tired of this book and neither do kids.  This book is great for interacting with kids and takes the complicated message: “there is nothing to fear, but fear itself” and simplifies it as only Sesame Street can.

The Paper Bag Princess

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

This story is completely fun and shows children that brains beat brawn.  It is also a fantastic “go-girl” story which empowers girls with the anti-fairy tale message that they can be smart and strong without a prince to save them.

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

By far my favorite story book author, any book by Kevin Henkes would be a safe bet.  This story has the message of being true to yourself in the face of peer pressure and I feel that this is an especially important message for children entering school and the world of social prejudice and the pressure to fit in.

Grade School Books

There are just too many books to include in this category and all are dependent on age, reading level and gender so I will just give a couple of my very favorite books, but if you would like recommendations more specific to the child you are looking for, I would be happy to help.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

This is the story of the Three Little Pigs as told by the wolf.  It is tremendously funny and teaches children that you shouldn’t always believe what you read (or are told); and that there are many sides to every story.

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

This is actually my very favorite book.  This familiar fairy tale is retold in such an ingenious way that some people aren’t aware that it is the story they have grown up with until nearly the end.  This book also empowers girls, taking the fairy tale format and spinning it so that the heroine is in control of her own destiny.

The Wednesday Wars

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

A beautiful coming of age story contrasting the world of Shakespeare with that of 1970’s America.  It uses common school house  mischief to give comedic relief from the very serious issues the main character is trying to cope with and understand.  All the while, using the plays of Shakespeare to show the relevance of ancient literature to the problems of today.

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