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Since munchkin #1 started school, we have had a strong reading regimen around the house. We have devoured book after book after book. We started off with the recommended 15minutes a day but it has gone up considerably! Although picture books are nice, we have moved on to books with more words and just a few pictures. Over the weekend, we decided to start reading the HP books and although I had my doubts at first that they will keep my son's attention, he has really taken to them. We read about 4 to 5 pages a night and although they would take me about five minutes to read, I stop after each paragraph and ask him questions from the paragraph--I figure a little reading comprehension should be okay at his age.

We have been having so much fun with books and outdoor activities that I am about 5minutes away from cancelling our tv cable! I never thought we could live without it but the truth is that in the past week we have probably watched about 20 minutes all week.

In an effort to build a good library collection, here is the question of the day: What are some good books that your children/nieces/nephews/neighbors have enjoyed?

Let's make it a contest: leave me a comment with: a title of a children's book and why you like the book in the comments section. For every title you get 1 entry.

You win: Sock yarn from my stash: SweetGeorgia in Envy (green with little brown spots)

You have until: Sunday (Sept. 16) to leave me a title in the comments section.

Speaking of books, I took a little quiz about books and personality and it came up with this for me. I think it fits me...what say ye?


You're Anne of Green Gables!
by L.M. Montgomery
Bright, chipper, vivid, but with the emotional fortitude of cottage cheese, you make quite an impression on everyone you meet. You're impulsive, rash, honest, and probably don't have a great relationship with your parents. People hurt your feelings constantly, but your brazen honestly doesn't exactly treat others with kid gloves. Ultimately, though, you win the hearts and minds of everyone that matters. You spell your name with an E and you want everyone to know about it.
Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.

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Elizabeth

Hi Isela, My favorites were: The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Black Beauty, Aires above the Ground, The Cat in the Hat-all of them-Highlights for Children. There are sssooo many.

Jen Hilton

OK, I have no book title to add, as I can't think of any for that age group. But wanted to add that my lil' 10 month old's favorite thing to do is sit and turn the pages of her board books. She usually has them facing the right direction, too! I think she'll turn into quite the reader!
And Anne of Green Gables was totally my favorite book! Yes, I think you make a lovely Anne (do I see a Halloween costume idea???). :o)

Nancy

The one and only book that stands out like none other I think I read in about 3rd or 4th grade. The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley. Surprised it wasnt on anyones list either. An Amazon.com short clip of the book.

A classic since its first publication, in 1863, The Water-Babies is the story of Tom, a little chimney sweep, and his magical adventures beneath the waves.

I would re-read this book right now if I had a copy, thats how much I loved it!

sprite

I loved Dr. Seuss' "Horton Hears a Who" as a child and credit it heavily with my becoming the person I am today. The key lessons I took away from it were that every voice really does matter and that it's imperative to prevent wrongs from happening if you can see them coming.

Michele

Wow...so many great books have already been listed. Here are a few favorites of mine growing up...ones that I think your son and daughter will like! I'm really looking forward to reading them to my daughter (she's 9 months old) whenever she gets older and her future siblings!

Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sachar
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The Indian in the Cupboard Series by Lynne Reid Banks

Patty

Favorite childhood book for me is...Sneakers by Margaret Wise Brown..

Alice Anjo

When my son was beginning elementary school one of his favorite books was 'Make Way for Ducklings'. It really spoke to him and he would have me read it to him at every chance. I truly thought it would be the first book he would read all the way through on his own. The first book that he read aloud to himself, without any prompting from us, was 'The Carrot Seed'. He was so proud of himself he drew pictures all over the ones in the book. My spouse was horrfied but I loved it and it now holds a place of honor on our book shelves. The best advice I ever got on children and reading was to make books available so that they become part of the landscape. It then becomes just as natural for the child to pick up a book as to pick up some building blocks.

Jenny

The Serendipity books are all wonderful and have a moral to them. We get a great big laugh from the Junie B Jones books. Mama, Do you love me by Barbara Joosse. I love you, Stinky Face by Lisa Mccourt. The Sheep (Sheep in a Jeep, Sheep on a Ship, Sheep in a Shop etc) books by Nancy Shaw. Sandra Boynton's books. The Biscuit books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. When your little ones get older, the Narnia Chronicles http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=61-9780060820428-0 and the Myst Reader http://www.powells.com/biblio/61-9781401307813-0 are wonderful, especially if you like Harry Potter type books. That should give you a good place to start.

martha

not sure what age you are looking for books for.

But we have been loving the Junie B. Jones books. The Stinky Face books, anything like Clifford have been a big hit here.

Victoria

Hi, I have to children ages 7 and 5, we love to read, and have a big collection that we are always adding too...some of our favorites are...

Stellaluna-Janell Cannon
Bunnicula
Howldayinn
The celery stalks at midnight
Green eggs and Ham
Are you my mother
Naughty little Monkeys
Dick and Jane-series
Duck on a Bike
Miss Bindergarten celebrates the 100th day of Kindergarten
How do Dinosaurts get well soon?
If you take a mouse to school
Dont let the pigeon drive the bus
Animals dont wear pajamas
The mitten-Jan Brett
The Hat-Jan Brett
Giggle, giggle moo
Giggle giggle,quack
It's just a game
Imogene's Antlers
A pocket full of kisses
If you give a mouse a cookie
If you give a pig a pancake

I can be here all day, we LOVE books...
Happy reading
Victoria-Ny

Connie

My Jennifer when she was young loved to read the Nancy Drew book series. She of course also loved
Little House on the Prairie
The Borrowers
Anne of Green Gables
The Secret Garden
all just to name a few, and believe me there were many more.

We made a trip to the library weekly.
Enjoy this time of reading with your young one's.

Desiree Roberts

I love the instructions you have for loom knitting. I go back to them often when I want to do a different stitch. We are a big book reading family. I am trying to remember back to when my son started school, and what he liked to read. The one book that he loved so much was "Wacky Wednesday" by Dr. Seuss. That book I read every night for years. Every time I wanted to read a different one, we had to still read wacky wednesday. It is a book that has pictures, and in the pictures things are not quite right, like someone would be wearing a sock on their head, or the table would be upside down. Timmy would not let me turn the page until he got them all. It is a good story for young ones.Check it out. It is really cute. Oh, by the way, my son is now 26 and married and living down south, (I live near Niagara Falls). I am looking forward to reading that book to my grandchildren.
"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" is another good book
"Mary Poppins"
"Peter Pan"
He loved the "Goose Bumps" Series when he was a little older
"Pinochio"
"Jungle Book"
I know these are movies, but they were books first, and my son loved the books!

Vicki

I have taught Kindergarten. The following is some of what were favorites in the classroom and favorites of my 2 childen:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do You See?(Other Bill Martin books)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Any of Eric Carle's Other Books)
Good Night Moon
Guess How Much I Love You
The Mitten (all other Jan Brett books)
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie (other Laura Numeroff books)
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Where The Wild Things Are
Make Way For Ducklings
Amelia Bedelia Books


Charlotte's Web
James and the Giant Peach
The Secret Garden
How to Eat Fried Worms
Stuart Little
The Borrowers
Laura Ingalls Wilder books

There are way too many to list be these are a few I can think of in a few minutes. Keep reading! It is the best thing you can do with your child!

Laura

I skimmed through most of the other responses and copy/pasted the whole comments section to print out!

Pretty sure I didn't see the Betsy-Tacy series recommended yet.
The Velveteen Rabbit
Nancy Drew, the original series
The Kingdom Series (these are for kids a bit older than yours)

Bethany

Wow! You've got some really great suggestions!
I would put a big star by the "Mrs. Piggle Wiggle" books.
Also, there is a series of books that both kids might enjoy...the "Alfie" books by Shirlie Hughes~the situations are so funny and the art is fabulous!
Both my kids love the "Deltora" series, by Emily Rodda. Also, the "Fairy Realm" series, by the same.
"Moses Supposes His Toeses Are Roses: and 7 Other Silly Rhymes" has kept my family quoting for years.
"A Porcupine named Fluffy"
"The Ghost from Dibble Hollow"
"Secrets of the Shopping Mall"
"Flight of the Doves"
"Rapunzel" illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky~ gorgeous!
My kids also really loved and laughed with "the Dragon Tales" by Dav Pilkey.
"Giants" by Doug Cushman
All of the "Redwall" books, by Brian Jacques
"The Kissing Hand"~ very endearing!
Well, that's all for now...I could go on and on.
Happy Reading!
Bethany~

Naomi

You have had a lot of suggestions- some really great ones! I will not repeat any of the ones I saw. So I only have one a good book for both boys and girls and people of all ages:0)

The Tale of Desperaux being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread. by Kate DiCamillo.

mwknitter

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein is a fantastic book for young children & adults love it too (well some do - very authoritarian folks will probably hate it). Here is a bit of one of the poems (oh yes - it also shows kids that words can be played with & that poetry can be great fun):

Listen to the MUSN’TS, child,
Listen to the DON’TS
Listen to the SHOULDN’TS
The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me –
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be.
And this one was always a favorite of my daughters & me (SS has a way of looking at the world with child's eyes but the ability to use words that most adults would envy):

Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout
Would not take the garbage out!
She’d scour the pots and scrape the pans,
Candy the yams and spice the hams,
And though her daddy would scream and shout,
She simply would not take the garbage out.
(it goes on & on to ridiculous extremes until finally she decides to take the garbage out but it is too late & she suffers the consequences)

Jessica

I didn't read the other entries, so there might be some repeats..

Here are some of the books I loved:

* Harriet the Spy
* The 'Romona' series
* Soup
* The Secret Garden
* Black Beauty
* The 'Little House on the Prairie' series
* The Princess Bride
* 'The Boxcar Children' series (The first book was written in the 1942 by a teacher who cleverly used only the 500 most common words in the English language to create a very easy to read, yet exciting, beginning chapter books for 7 and 8 year olds.)
* 'The Indian in the Cupboard' series
* The 'Wayside School' series (I remember really loving these in 3rd grade)
* James and the Giant Peach
* Trumpet of the Swan
* Stuart Little
* Charlotte's Web


For younger kids, I recommend "There's a Monster at the End of this Book"

Hope that helps! My parents read to me every night too, and it really inspired my love for reading. Honestly, I think it made me a much better student in the future, and really helped define who I am today. I'm so glad other parents take the time to read to their children too!

Martha

My Kindergardener loves Go Away, Big Green Monster by Edward R Emberley. It's a younger kid's book, but all of my children are enthralled by it.

A good book to read chapter by chapter is The Princess Bride by William Goldman. The book is way funnier than the movie and my kids really enjoy it when I read them exerpts.

Other great books by young ones are all the Eric Carle books, the artwork is always fun in these: The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See; The Very Quiet Cricket; The Very Busy Spider, etc.

And my son's favorite is "Where the Wild Things Are." Perfect for young boys. His favorite part is where the wild rumpus begins.

Jeannie

Wow, there are already so many great suggestions listed that I had to really scratch my head on this one.

My oldest son really enjoyed (as did his Dad when he was a kid) The Tom Swift series by Victor Appleton II - Titles as follows:
Tom Swift and His Motor Cycle (1910)
Tom Swift and His Motor Boat (1910)
Tom Swift and His Airship (1910)
Tom Swift and His Submarine Boat (1910)
Tom Swift and His Electric Runabout (1910)
Tom Swift and His Wireless Message (1911)
Tom Swift Among the Diamond Makers (1911)
Tom Swift in the Caves of Ice (1911)
Tom Swift and His Sky Racer (1911)
Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle (1911)
Tom Swift In the City of Gold (1912)
Tom Swift and His Air Glider (1912)
Tom Swift in Captivity (1912)
Tom Swift and His Wizard Camera (1912)
Tom Swift and His Great Searchlight (1912)
Tom Swift and His Giant Cannon (1913)
Tom Swift and His Photo Telephone (1914)
Tom Swift and His Aerial Warship (1915)
Tom Swift and His Big Tunnel (1916)
Tom Swift In the Land of Wonders (1917)
Tom Swift and His War Tank (1918)
Tom Swift and His Air Scout (1919)
Tom Swift and His Undersea Search (1920)
Tom Swift Among the Fire Fighters (1921)
Tom Swift and His Electric Locomotive (1922)
Tom Swift and His Flying Boat (1923)
Tom Swift and His Great Oil Gusher (1924)
Tom Swift and His Chest of Secrets (1925)
Tom Swift and his Airline Express (1926)
Tom Swift Circling the Globe (1927)
Tom Swift and His Talking Pictures (1928)
Tom Swift and his House on Wheels (1929)
Tom Swift and His Big Dirigible (1930)
Tom Swift and His Sky Train (1931)
Tom Swift and His Giant Magnet (1932)
Tom Swift and His Television Detector (1933)
Tom Swift and His Ocean Airport (1934)
Tom Swift and His Planet Stone (1935)
Tom Swift and His Giant Telescope (1939)
Tom Swift and His Magnetic Silencer (1941)

These books were published from 1910-1940's. You can read some online to see if you like them at - http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/languages/en (just type Tom Swift in the search field).

My sons both started reading at an early age (age 2 & age 4), so our house has always been filled with books. My boys read to me and I loved it! Pretty soon your little guy will be reading to you. : )


Huggz!

Julie

Just reading everyone’s list brought back memories!

I would have to add The Indian in the Cupboard, the Frog and Toad series, the Bunnicula series, Julie of the wolves, Sing down the moon, Pippi Longstocking…

Kim

Oh my gosh, we LOVE books at our house! We are seriously the biggest book junkies. I really might have to come back later with a better list after I go home and go through what we have, but off the top of my head, here are some of our favorites (most of which we have picked up at yard sales and Goodwill!)

These are mostly picture books, but your kids might still like them:

Click! Clack! Moo! - this one is hilarious, and especially funny after living on a dairy farm.

Bear Snores On - just a cute story, and I love that it rhymes

My Truck Is Stuck - great artwork, and Matthew loves all the trucks and cars in it

Lost and Found - one of the cutest books about friendship that I have read. I LOVE this one.

I Like You - I actually sent this one to Ryan when we were dating. It's pretty funny.

Harold and the Purple Crayon - really fun for creative types.

Books I want to read to Matthew someday

Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events series
Harry Potter (of course)
A Wrinkle in Time
Treasure Island
The Phantom Tollbooth (this was my favorite as a kid)
The B.F.G.
James and the Giant Peach
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Tuck Everlasting
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Any of the Ramona Quimby books
The Chronicles of Narnia
Little Women (more girly, but my other favorite)
Matilda
The Witches
Anything by Roald Dahl, really
Where the Sidewalk Ends (poetry, but still fun)
The Wizard of Oz
Huckleberry Finn
Tom Sawyer
Charlotte's Web
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Secret Garden
Henry Huggins
Runaway Ralph
Any of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books
Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing
Superfudge
Freckle Juice
How to Eat Fried Worms
Blubber
Oliver Twist
The Boxcar Children
The Hardy Boys books
Dr. Doolittle
The Swiss Family Robinson
Stuart Little
The Trumpet of the Swan
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Harriet the Spy
Anne of Green Gables series (also girly, but I still love it)
The Borrowers

Well, that's a start, anyway, haha. And yes, I've read every one of these. I was the biggest nerd ever as a kid. Actually, I'm still the biggest nerd ever!


alwen

Did you know there was an "Anne of Green Gables" Read & Knit-Along?
http://anneknits.blogspot.com/

My son loved Beverly Cleary's "Socks" (the cat) when he was that age, and the Henry Huggins books she wrote:

Henry & Ribsy
Henry & the Clubhouse
(and so on)

Meg

Congratulations on the reading regimen! Some influential books from my youth which have not been listed above -

The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler, EL Konigsburg
Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh
The Prydain Chronicles, Lloyd Alexander
The Borrowers, Mary Norton
The Paddington Bear series, Michael Bond
The Winnie-the-Pooh series, AA Milne

I also heartily second the recommendation to check out the Newberry and Caldecott winners.

Enjoy!

sandy

some personal faves are
The Secret Garden
Junie B Jones
I also have a bunch of old Charlie Brown books from the 70's

The Photom Tollbooth

Heather

Way Down Deep
The School Story
Nancy Drew
Anne of Green Gables
Boston Jane
Golden and Gray
Bluefingers
Attaboy Sam
Freckle Juice
Frindle
Magic Treehouse series
How to Eat Fried worms
Anything from the American Girl series
Room One
Lunch Money
The Egypt Game
The Wright Three
Chasing Vermeer
Each Little Bird that Sings
Unfortunate Events Series
Spirit Walker
Boxcar Children
Dr. Illuminatus
The Borrowers
The Doll People
Mr. Popper's Penguins
George vs. George
Bridge to Terabithia
The Penderwicks
The Two Princesses of Bamarre
Harry Potter
Ali Baba Bernstein
George's Marvelous Medicine
The Elyon Trilogy
Wolf Brother
Magic School Bus
Fablehaven
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
The Secret of Platform Thirteen
The Frog Princess
Listening for Lions

Heather

Oooh! We love books here. I have a two young ones that love good books. Here are some we have read:

Wind in the Willows
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (a bit heavy on the gun part when they catch some gangsters - heavily edited by me)
Trumpet of the Swan
Charlotte's Web
Mouse and the Motorcycle
Runaway Ralph
Stuart Little
Flat Stanley
The Boxcar Children
Adventures of Mrs Piggle Wiggle
Lassie
The Secret Garden

I could go on and on.

Alice

I'm trying to think of the great books my parents read to me when I was about Kindergarten age, lets see...

All of the Little House on the Prairie Books, I loved these when I was young. "Farmer Boy" might interest your son more than the others, but they are all so good!

The Fudge books by Judy Blume

BFG and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Clearly would be good for your daughter when she is a bit older.

Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little by E.B. White

There are so many more, and lots of great suggestions already--oh, also some books Camdyn (who's about your daughter's age) has been liking lately are the Beatrix Potter stories, Hands, Hands, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambault.

Laura

My almost 10 year old daughter had to read "Cricket in Times Square" for her summer reading before starting 4th grade this fall, and she really loved it.

Julie

To those I would add:
The Wizard of Oz (and other Oz books) by Frank Baum
The Earthsea Trilogy (and other books) by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Raggedy Ann and Andy books for younger children by Johnny Gruelle
Sherlock Holmes
The Crystal Cave and others by Mary Stewart

Patricia

I was a big reader in my childhood and I won several awards. Oh I could go on for days.
A Wrinkle In Time LM Montgomery & her other books
Harry Potter of course
Adventures of Huckleberry Fin
The Hobbit
Nancy Drew Series
Hardy Boys Series
The Chronicles of Narnia Series
Dr Seuss'
Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing (& other Judy Blume books)
Because of Winn-Dixie
Charlotte's Webb
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
The Little Engine that Could
The Little House in the Big Woods(& other Laura Ingalls Wilder books)
Madeline Series
Curious George Series
Falling Up (& other Shel Silverstein)

Tried to post various ages...neway...


also be sure to look up the Caldecott, Newberry & other Award winners http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/literaryrelated.htm

Valerie

Hi! I'm a book nut and I love to read posts like yours. :) One really fabulous read aloud is Wolf Story by William McCleery. It's more than 50 years old, and was released a few years ago, but it looks like it's hard to find again. It's definitely worth hunting down. It's a story within a story, a dad is telling his son a story about a wolf, and the boy keeps offering suggestions on what should happen in the story. My kids laugh riotously at this story. Another fun book for boys is The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes. There's a movie, but the book is waaaaaaaay better! Happy reading!

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