Books – The Goodies List

My parents didn’t read to me as a child, nor did I own childrens books.  I find this strange because my mom has always been a voracious reader.  I inherited her love of books and read a lot once I got to school, but I have very little familiarity with classic childrens books.  The first book I got from my mom was a romance novel when I was in sixth grade!  Other than that, my only exposure to books came from school or friends.  I was always envious of anyone in possession of Dr. Seuss books.

When Jack was born some friends and family members mailed us some childrens books, most of which I had never even heard of.  My husband, on the other hand, has frequently claimed to remember reading these books as a kid.  In fact, one such book was given to Jack by Joe’s aunt, who also gave the book to Joe when he was small.

Recently we attended a baby shower for a friend and one of the best parts was picking out some of the “must have” items as a gift.  This, naturally, included books.  It got me to thinking about the favorites in our little library, and the dreaded books as well (I’ll have to write a future post about that).  Here’s a list of the goodies for those of you out there interested:

Guess How Much I Love You – this book slowly caught on but it is #1 on our list.  It was certified as a favorite when Jack started “reading” along and stretching his arms out to immitate the bunnies in the book.  Love it!

The Eye Book or The Shape of Me by Dr. Seuss – these books are pretty much the same, and we like them both.  I like the colors personally.  I thought I would be more excited about Dr. Seuss books but there are only a few I can stand reading repeatedly.

Inside, Outside, Upside Down – a Bernstein Bears book – Jack loves this one and I’m not exactly sure why (it’s so simple).  Maybe because the bear shouts “Mama! Mama!” at the end.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown – this is one that I had at least heard of prior to having Jack, but my only experience with the story was through the Simpsons (anyone know where I can get the recording of Christopher Walken reading this?).  Again, this book is extremely simple and I have no idea why Jack loves it so much, but he does.  We have two copies and they are both falling apart already!  This was the first book Jack started dragging off the book shelf for us to read.

Hondo & Fabian by Peter McCarty – we don’t actually own this one but read it just about every time we go to our friend Sabrina’s place (she works at a book store and is pretty obsessed with all kinds of books).  Jack took to this one right away!  I’d like to get Peter McCarty’s whole collection.

Pat the Bunny – this is the book given to Jack by Joe’s aunt, a book that Joe was also gifted with as a child by the same aunt.  I had never even  heard of this book!  It is super cute and interactive, and fun when your kid tries to smell the flowers but isn’t quite sure how to make his nose work.  Jack caught on pretty quickly to the inner workings of this book, and it taught him how to say “bye bye.”  It’s definitely one of my personal favorites!

I’d love to hear your favorites, as well!

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Comments

  1. I love Olivia – it’s just funny 🙂

  2. I often give You Are My I love You by MaryAnn K. Cusimano to new moms. It is beautifully written and beautifully illustrated. Another favorite in our family, although Jack is a bit young for it, is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. My kids all loved it and I love that they have given it to each other’s children.

    Another tradition in baby showers around here is to include a book with each gift. The mom to be goes home with a basket of books loved by her friends and their children.

  3. Pat the Bunny, The Shape of Me, Goodnight Moon, and Everyone Poops are oft-requested around here. As are Pancakes for Breakfast, Andy (That’s My Name!), Are You My Mother?, Olivia, Larry Gets Lost in Seattle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and The Poky Little Puppy. Other childhood favorites I haven’t gotten around to getting for Andy yet: Harold and the Purple Crayon, Where the Wild Things Are, Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See, Hop on Pop, Strega Nona, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Madeline, and The Runaway Bunny. My personal library as a child was HUGE. I’m talking HUNDREDS of books, mostly little golden books that were 49 cents each at the grocery store, but tons of others, too. Go to the children’s section of the library & just pick 15 random books. Then in a few days, bring them back and pick 15 more random ones. You’ll figure out your favorites real fast.

  4. http://www.zippyvideos.com/5092068076038006/simpsons_-_christopher_walken_goodnight_moon/

    Ding. I loved Goodnight Moon. My brother loved Goodnight Moon. We also had a metric ton of books as kids and i can’t wait to see which ones are going to be our new favorites 🙂

  5. Off the top of my head the two I can think of that aren’t yet listed are: Love You Forever, and Little Quack.

  6. we were given Love You Forever when Nolan was born. The first moth I would read it to him and cry.

    Now we have a few more but need to add. I think he will be getting books for Christmas.

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