Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy Read Across America Day!

To be fair, I will disclose that this is a "vintage" previously-published (during the toddler/baby years) post. But, it was on our family blog, so I'm adding it here because it does cover a lot of our faves... 

And, my new-favorite Seuss quote is: "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book, and read to a child." 

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose."

-Dr. Seuss

Read some books today. In honor of Theodore Seuss Geisel's birthday (AKA Dr. Seuss) it is National Read Across America Day, and a great day to read some Seuss (or make a "snow angel" in a pile of books like M did the other day). Or head to the library — we did!

So, go ahead, do it. It's so fun to read. And you may not know it, but it's something you need. Just like eating or drinking or breathing in air, so go grab a book. Sit down in a chair. And off you will go to another new place, and I bet it'll put a big smile on your face.

Look out though, it's addictive. Seuss is so fun to read, especially out loud. You might just start thinking and talking "Seussian". Happy Day! Some of our very favorite books (and the ones that I love best):

Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Rashka
Pirate Girl and The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke (although I don't read the part where the Queen dies in childbirth - not necessary to the story, especially not for toddlers)
The Paper Bag PrincessMortimer, and More Pies! by Robert Munsch
Cowboy Small by Lois Lenski (introduced to us by Ro)
Giddy Up! Let's Ride! by Flora Mcdonnell
If You Give A Pig A Pancake (and Moose A Muffin and Mouse A Cookie) by Laura Joffe Numeroff
The Snowy Day and Over In The Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats
Cinder Edna by Ellen B Jackson
Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots and Do Princesses Really Kiss Frogs by Carmela LaVigna Coyle
Swim, Little Wombat, Swim! by Charles Fuge
Tumble Bumble by Felicia Bond
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! by Bill Martin Jr.
Peek-a-Boo! and Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg
Some Smug Slug and Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke by Pamela Duncan Edwards
The Lorax; The Foot Book; The Cat in The Hat; Green Eggs and Ham; and There's A Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Seuss
Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey
Wise Women: Folk and Fairy Tales from around the World retold by Suzanne I. Barchers
One Watermelon Seed by Celia Barker Lottridge
Stuart J. Murphy's MathStart series books
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
Rainy Day Slug by Mary Palenick Colborn
Trashy Town by Andrea Griffin Zimmerman
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Little Badger, Terror of The Seven Seas by Eve Bunting
Russell Hoban's Frances books
The Froggy series books by Jonathan London
Ella The Elegant Elephant series by Carmela D'amico
On Your Toes: A Ballet ABC by Rachel Isadora
Degas And The Little Dancer by Laurence Anholt
Night of The Moonjellies by Mark Shasha
Corduroy by Don Freeman
The Moon Jumpers by Maurice Sendak
Freight Train by Donald Crews
Urban Babies Wear Black by Michelle Sinclair Colman
First Book of Sushi by Amy Wilson Sanger
Go Dog, Go! by P.D. EastmanThe Nose Book and Hand, Hand Fingers Thumb by Al Perkins
Old Hat New Hat by Jan and Stan Berenstain
Nina Laden's board books: Ready, Set, Go!, Peek-A-Who?, etc.
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Paddington's Garden by Michael Bond
OK, I have to stop. There are too many... I keep thinking of more faves, and more and more... it's why I have to make myself stop at the library when I've got too many books to carry and they're falling out of my arms onto the floor! Here's a list of some of our favorite authors who have many, many books that we love: Margaret Wise Brown, Sandra Boynton, Lois Ehlert, Ellen Stoll Walsch, Mo Willems, Kevin Henkes, A.A. Milne, Eric Carle, Audrey Wood, Ludwig Bemelmans, Karen Katz... no doubt I'm forgetting many, but there's a start!

What are your very dear favorites in Children's Lit? Please, do share! I'm always looking for more "goodies"!

***And, as of 2012, we adore Mo Willems, especially his Elephant & Piggie series; Gerald and Piggie are hilarious, expressive and so fun to read out loud!

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