When I was young there were always a lot of books around my parent’s house. My older brother had a large collection of Dr. Seuss, Peter Rabbit and then typical bedtime story books. I can remember, as a little girl, being read to every night and then eventually reading myself to sleep when I grew older. Being surrounded by books was always a lot of fun for me which is why I thought it was important to also surround my children with books.
As soon as I found out that I was pregnant with my first son, I enrolled him into the Dr. Seuss & His Friends Book Club. It was about $15.00 every month and they mail children’s books directly to your house. Next I enrolled him into the Disney Book Club (not positive how much this one costs, but I think the pricing was the same). Between the two book clubs and gifts from family members his bookshelf filled up at a rapid pace. Once I ran out of room I put a hold on the two book clubs so if I ever rejoin the clubs I wont get duplicate books and for now I do not have to pay for or receive any. I thoroughly recommend these and you can find them at www.earlymoments.com.
Now for my favorites! Between my own childhood and reading to my children I have so many favorite children’s books. Starting with …
1. Where The Wild Things Are
Maybe you’ve seen the movie… However, if you have never read this book yourself then it is probably a good idea that you try to find it. It is a quick read about a little boy who ventures off to a land unknown, in his imagination of course. I loved it as a kid and I love it just the same now.
2. The Cat In The Hat & The Cat In The Hat Comes Back
These books are a classic! If you can’t find these books onyour shelf then you are doing something wrong. Then again I’m not sure that everyone knows that the Cat came back. Have a look for the sequel, it’s really quite neat.
3. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
I think the main reason that I like this book so much is because there are so many different, fun sounds throughout the book. “Dibble, dibble, dopp, dopp. Cock-a-doodle-doo, Mr. Brown can do it, how about you?” The book follows a man who makes lightening noises and fish kiss sounds, it’s really a lot of fun.
4. Love You Forever
I love this book so much! It would rank much higher on my list if it weren’t for the fact that I get choked up every time I read it. My son refers to this story as the “toilet book” because of the image on the cover and he asks for it all the time. I actually hid it for a little while and told him it was getting fixed to give my eyes a break from tearing up. All in all though, this is another classic that should be in every home.
5. The Giving Tree
Honestly, I didn’t even know that this book existed until last year! It’s by Shel Silverstein, one of my favorites, and my boyfriend actually introduced me to this story. He was talking about it one day and the very next day my mother had bought the book for us. This book teaches a very important lesson about giving and taking. Warning: this one will definitely have your eyes welling up too.
6. I Was So Mad (and all other Little Critter stories)
These books are so adorable! They take only a couple minutes each to read through and each one is easy for a kid to relate to. These stories help teach how to share, how to care for others, how to take care of yourself and so much more. I personally like I Was So Mad the best because Little Critter gets angry over the silliest of things.
7. Oh, The Places You’ll Go
Deep down I love every single Dr. Seuss book, with the exception of Oh Say Can You Say? and Fox In Socks, only because I’ve found that I’m very bad at tongue twisters. The book Oh, The Places You’ll Go is a wonderful story that I think is very encouraging for children to hear. Plus, it’s Dr. Seuss! How can you go wrong?
8. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Hey! We all need our kids to learn the alphabet, right? So why not help them learn it from a fun book. “A told B and B told C, I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree!” A friend of mine had this story when we were growing up and we were always flipping through it, her mother bought this for my kids and I am so thankful to have it!
9. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
This book is just downright cute! I think this is a lot of fun to read to a baby as a first read because you can interact with them while you read it. The pictures are adorable, it’s yet another quick read and it rhymes! I see a pattern here, I must really enjoy the books that rhyme…
10. Horton Hatches The Egg & Horton Hears A Who!
Horton’s stories come in last but certainly not least. There’s something about a big ole elephant that will save a spec covered in teeny people and sit in a tree and hatch an egg for a lazy bird. These books teach selflessness and are both excellent examples for kids on how to do the right thing, no matter what.
So there it is, a fraction of my absolute favorite children’s books. There are so many stories out there for kids and more come out each and every day. I think that the most special thing about these books is that each and every one has something different to offer.
Again, if you’ve never looked into the above mentioned book clubs, take a look. They’re really neat and it’s like getting a present in the mail once a month. Books are so, so, so important for kids and these books clubs make it so easy to fill up a shelf with all kinds of stories. Ordering is simple and it’s easy to go on hold or just flat out cancel at any point in time.