We switched the winter picture books for the spring books yesterday. Aw we were getting them out, there were the usual cries of, "Oh, I love this one!" or "This one is my favorite!" I noticed that many of the most loved books are all held together with packing tape. Some with multiple layers of packing tape. They are well-loved books. I thought it might be interesting or useful for some of you (I know I have grandparents here who appreciate book suggestions for their grandchildren), if I listed some of them. I might be missing some, but here's a good start.
1. The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman - I love this book. It is about a family of seven children, each of whom have extremely exacting diets. The illustrations by Martha Frazee are a key part to the story, as you get to watch the children grow up through the story.
2. A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman - This book has been loved so much that I have actually had to replace it. It has wonderful pictures, a fun rhyming text, and (putting on my educator hat for a moment) does a great job of encouraging flexible thinking skills as the book goes through all of the different things that can be thought of as being houses.
3. Market Day by Eve Bunting - This book is set in the Irish countryside and the story follows two children as they wander through the town's monthly market day. There is something about the story that causes extreme devotion in the children who love it.
4. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood - A little mouse tries to hide a very large (to him) strawberry so the bear cannot eat it. The picture of the strawberry with the fake nose and eyeglasses has always cracked my children up.
5. The Just Alike Princes by Pauline Palmer Meek - Sadly this book is out-of-print, but it is one of G. and L's favorites (for obvious reasons). Two identical princes have to learn to share.
6. The McDuff Stories by Rosemary Wells - This book has four stories about McDuff, a little West Highland terrier. The stories are set in the 30's and the illustrations are lovely as is the little white dog.
7. The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord - A small town decides to combat the wasps which have invaded their town by creating a giant jam sandwich in which to trap them.
8. Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems - Trixie leaves her stuffed rabbit at the laundromat and her parents have to find him. The expressions and descriptions of the parents are hilarious.
9. Andrew Henry's Meadow by Doris Burn - Children, feeling misunderstood by their families run away and build a village in a meadow. The pictures of the houses Andrew Henry builds for each of the children are detailed and fascinating.
10. Going on a Bear Hunt retold by Helen Oxenbury - A lovely retelling of the familiar children's finger play.