This particular list has given me fits. Fits, I tell you. I could not narrow down the books properly, so the compromise is this: a post now for picture books, and a post later today of the chapter books for the 4-7 year old kids, and no baby board books at all. Oh, the stress! The consternation! The discussions! It’s been nothing but drama for this one.
I no sooner uploaded the picture below, satisfied I had at last chosen well, when I realised I had left Miss Rumphius out of the pile. How is any list complete without Miss Rumphius? I ask you.
Oh, Lord, I just realised there aren’t any nursery rhymes in that stack.
What kind of a list is this anyway?
Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry. We are huge fans of Richard Scarry books here. But this one is Joe’s favourite, hand’s down. He has literally spent hours and hours with this book, looking at every detail of the huge pages. We have no end of fun finding Goldbug on each page (surprisingly, he’s in the same spot every time we read the book…) and choosing which car we would want to drive. I’m rather partial to the pencil car.
Stellaluna by Jannell Cannon. This winsome little tale about a fruit bat that lives with birds is not only educational but it’s sweet and fun.
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. This book is probably Brian’s favourite for the tinies. The illustrations are beautiful and detailed, but the story will leave you wanting to vacate the city and run for the country. The seasons, the days, all the simple pleasures of life through the “eyes” of a little pink house.
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. Joe and Anne both still love this one, we often “walk like ducklings” when we’re out and about. Did you catch Sarah Park’s lovely poem about Mr. and Mrs. Mallard for Simple Mom the other day?
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. Poor Ferdinand doesn’t want to butt heads and fight like the other bulls. A fun, gentle, and delightful book about embracing your own self. And sitting under the cork tree.
Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss. I don’t want to brag or anything (okay, I do) but I rock at reading this book out loud. This is the true test of your tongue’s mettle. The nonsense, the rhymes, the simple words, the ridiculous pictures and scenarios are an absolute delight. The tinies roar with laughter by the time I hit the tweedle beetle battles. And look who is following in the footsteps!
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. A classic, we still read this one to wind down for the night. We also love (and frequently read) her Two Little Gardeners (Little Golden Book) book. When Anne was about 2, she wanted to hear that book every single night. It’s repetitive, gentle, and interesting.
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. Another McCloskey book, the tinies love the story of little Sal getting mixed up with the little bear while out picking blueberries. We play this as a game when we pick berries.
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. This was the first book that Anne memorized from cover to cover. She was about three at the time. We still love the rhythms and fun of this story.
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. I have hidden this book. Seriously. I have grown so tired of reading it, night after night after night, with all of the tinies. They take turns getting obsessed with it. We have the updated version with pictures by Loren Long, and it is simply a worn-out favourite here.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. if you don’t love this book, we can’t be friends. I’m sorry but it’s true. Sad, lonely, beautiful, it says so much and tinies get it. They really do.
Honourable Mentions: The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier, Sleepy Bears by Mem Fox, Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, and of course, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney.
And as a note, regarding Bible stories: My First Message but lately, we’ve been utterly captivated by the The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. Either way, the tinies love them.
Your turn: what are your favourite picture books for tinies?
We’re talking about 10 Books a Day for a Week. Share your own favourites on your blog, and post your link in the comments, or just let me know what you think or recommend. I love to snoop bookshelves, and this is my excuse – and yours – to talk books.
Sunday: 10 books that changed my faith
Thursday: 10 books I read over and over (and over)
Friday: 10 spiritual memoirs
Saturday: My daily books + 10 books of poetry
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