Thursday, December 17, 2009
Building the Perfect Children's Library
There is no greater gift you can give your children than a love of books. Reading to your child gives you both wonderful quality time together, and opens up the world of knowledge for you child. It is never too early to start to build your child’s library.
Even the youngest infants love to be read to, and to look at and explore the bright colored pictures. There is a wealth of baby board books available to choose from. Your baby won’t mind if there aren’t even any words. Just the act of holding a book and looking at the pictures is stimulating to young minds.
Some of our favorite baby board books include:
• Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
• Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
• Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
• Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
• The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
• Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
• Where Is Baby's Belly Button? by Karen Katz
• Here Comes Mother Goose by Iona Archibald Opie
• My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Archibald Opie
• The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
As your child heads into the toddler years, reading to them becomes even more important. Their little minds are like sponges, and the things you read to them about now will stick with them for a lifetime.
Our favorite toddler books include:
• Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
• Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin
• Peek-A-Who by Nina Laden
• Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth & Laura Huliska-Beith
• Where's Spot? by Eric Hill
• Brown Cow, Green Grass, Yellow Mellow Sun by Ellen B. Jackson
• From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
• What the Sun Sees, What the Moon Sees by Nancy Tafuri
• When You Were a Baby by Ann Jonas
• Oh My Baby Bear! by Audrey Wood
The kindergarten aged readers will want to start reading for themselves, though they will still delight in having mom, dad, or big sister read to them.
Some age appropriate books for the kindergarten set include:
• Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
• Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10 by Judy Finchler
• First Day, Hooray! by Nancy Poydar
• The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing
• Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson
• Tiptoe Into Kindergarten by Jacqueline Rogers
• Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
• If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff
• The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
• Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Young readers will be much more independent in their reading, but they will still need some guidance in choosing books that are at the appropriate level. It is never too soon to start to introduce the classics, and there are many delightful ones just perfect for young readers.
Some of our favorites include
• Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
• Stuart Little by E. B. White
• The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
• Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
• James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
• Eloise by Kay Thompson
• The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
• The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
• A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
• Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
I hope that you have a great time building your child’s library, and that you have a wonderful time reading and learning together.