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But whether you dressed up or not today, in honor of Children's Book Week the Monday Discussion is all about kid's books. Let me know your favs.
I'll go first. Two years ago, in honor of this day, I wrote about these favorites:
I loved Shel Silverstein as a kid. Heck, I still do. But, today I wanted to point out a few books that I read to my kids and now buy for all the new parents I know. Here is a small list of the childrens' books I have learned to love as a parent.
- The Red Lemon by Bob Staake: such a great message and the rhymes written as an homage to Dr. Seuss makes it fun to read aloud.
- Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox: A great book for young children. A more perfect book to read right from birth through age 3 I have had yet to find. I think I could still recite it by heart if pressed to do so.
- Any Harold and the Purple Crayon books: old I know, but I was not as in to them when I was a kid.
- Any Mo Willems book, but I am especially fond of Leonardo, the Terrible Monster because it is so fun to read out loud. A close second is Today I Will Fly! only because I am an eternal optimist like Piggie, and it is nice to see his dreams of the impossible coming true.
To this I will add anything Kate DiCamillo writes. They are a joy for parents and kids. I will never forget reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane with my son or The Tale of Despereaux with my daughter.
And, over the years, my children and I have created a rule of thumb for picture books-- If it has a chicken in it, it will be funny. We have yet to be let down.
Now it's your turn. Get in the spirit of Children's Book Week. [It's the only guaranteed time that this blog will talk about kid's books.] And share your favorite.
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