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Books are a big part of the every day routine around our house and the night-time story is our favourite way to end the day. I thought it would be fun to share some of our favourites books. Are any of your favourites on the list? What books do you recommend?
Babies First Library Books (0-2 years)
2007: My almost one year old daughter, pulling every book in her room off the shelves to read.
These are the books that I read to my babies, over and over and over, while snuggling them on the rocking chair. I have many of them memorized! I wouldn’t trade a second of that time. Introducing a baby to books is special and time well-spent.
When we celebrate friends and family who are having their first baby, our go-to baby gift is a basketful of books like:
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
- Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- My World by Margaret Wise Brown
- Oh My, Oh My, Oh Dinosaurs! by Sandra Boynton
- Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- Tickle the Duck by Ethan Long
- Time for Bed by Mem Fox
- Wheels on the Bus by Raffi
- Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet by Matt M. Napier
2011: My almost two year old son, post-nap, flipping through a dinosaur encyclopaedia.
Books for Growing Readers (3-5 years)
2013: My six year old daughter reading to my three year old son. I love this so much!
I love reading these books with my kids. I remember reading many of them when I was a little girl myself. In some ways, it’s like introducing my kids to some of my “old friends”.
- Amelia Bedilia by Peggy Parish
- Corduroy by Don Freeman
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
- Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
- Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry G. Allard Jr.
- Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry
- The Scrubbly Bubbly Car Wash by Irene O’Garden
- The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
- Slinky Malinki by Linley Dodd
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Novels to Share Together (4-8 years)
2012: My six year old daughter holding up a copy of Little House In the Big Woods. When we visited the pioneer village, she held her copy of the book and kept a lookout for a house similar to the one of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Now that my daughter is older, we have enjoyed reading novels together. We’ve read many on this list and hopefully we’ll eventually read them all together.
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
- The B.F.G. by Road Dahl
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
- Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Sainte-Exupéry
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
As a last note, if you’re looking for ideas books for adults to read, check out this past post here. Lots of great ideas!
Now I’m off to pick up a book!