Friday, October 2, 2009

Greatest Children's Books...

Reading to their children should be something parents do often, if not everyday.

I have put together a list of children's books that have been favorites of children for many years.

Before I get into the list here are a few tips to help interest your child in reading!

1. Take your child with you to the library and let him/her pick out some books.

2. Most libraries have a free story time for young children. Sign up and take your child as often as you can. Your child will hear new stories and maybe even do a craft or learn new songs.

3. Let your child pick out a book each night and read it before bed, or start reading through a chapter book with an older child. One chapter each night . You can even let your older child read a few paragraphs to you some nights. A bonus with this is that this encourages family time.

4. Keep books out in the open-put them in a bin or on a book shelf where children can easily get to them each day.

5. Even before a child is a year old you can read to them & introduce them to the wonderful world of books! Choose short books that have bright pictures or maybe some touch and feel books. Books that babies can chew on are also a great choice!

Ok, here's the list (authors are included)

1. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie-Laura Joffe Numeroff

2.Scuffy The Tugboat-Gertrude Crampton

3. Jack & The Beanstalk (various authors depending on what version you get)

4. Caps for Sale-Esphyr Slobodkina

5. The Cat In The Hat-Dr. Seuss

6. The Little Duck Said Quack, Quack, Quack -Grace & Olive Barnett

7. The Fuzzy Duckling-Jane Werner

8. The Elves and the Shoemaker- [retold by]Eric Suber (originally by Jacob Grimm)

9. My Home-Renee Bartkowski

10. The Little House-Virginia Lee Burton

11. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble-William Steig

12. Ox-Cart Man-Donald Hall

13. Millions of Cats-Wanda Gag

14. Good Night Moon-Margaret Wise Brown

15. Many Moons-James Thurber

16. Charlotte's Web-E.B. White

17. Make Way for Ducklings-Robert McCloskey

18. Blueberries For Sal-Robert McCloskey

19. Time of Wonder-Robert McCloskey

20. The Snowy Day-Ezra Keats

Many of these books have fabulous illustrations so don't forget to look at the pictures when you are reading! Hope you & your children enjoy reading these books together!

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