Wednesday, February 10, 2010


There is no way I could really narrow down children's books to a true top 10.  There are so many good ones and I am a sucker for a picture book.  I bought them before I had children.  A good picture book doesn't have to be reserved for the little ones.  Many people believe that when a child becomes a fluent reader and moves into chapter books, that picture books are a thing of the past but I disagree.  These books, well told and wonderfully illustrated, teach vocabulary, creativity, expression and they are just plain fun to read aloud together.  Here are the favorites in our family.

#1  A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker  - Molly and I love this book! We have been known to read it 3 times in a row.  The illustrations are charming, the story is sweet and it's full of fun phrases.  Just be sure to give the mouse a British accent when he asks for "a spot of tea".  
A Visitor for Bear  
#2  Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban - I remember reading the Frances books as a child.  They are classics.  I was delighted to find that they have released new versions with the same illustrations but in full color.   Bedtime for Frances is a new - old favorite.

#3  Any home with boys would enjoy Pirates Don't Change Diapers by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon. It's actually a sequel to the earlier How I Became a Pirate but this one is even more fun when the pirates return to visit the boy and end up babysitting his little sister. Again, it's how you read it.  It's more fun if you emphasize the pirate talk!

#4  Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae  Pirates and dinosaurs plus funky colorful illustrations - it's a hit in our house.

#5  Cookies: Bite Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and beautiful illustrations by Jane Dyer  This book is for me.  I would read it without children.  It beautifully illustrates such topics as what it means to cooperate, be trustworthy and compassionate all in the most simple terms.  There are 2 gorgeous sequels called Christmas Cookies and Sugar Cookies that are equally wonderful.

#6  Anything by Richard Scarry is fun, fun, fun.  The details and action packed illustrations have kept my kids busy for hours.  They never get tired of these books.

#7  The Snow Globe Family by Jane O'Connor is another delightful read about a tiny family living in a snow globe.  It has charming illustrations and is one we pull out every winter.

#8  When Jesse Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest is a beautifully written and illustrated book about immigrants coming to America.  My husband and I toured Ellis Island last spring and I picked up this book in the gift shop.  It really is a story for all ages.

#9  The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau is another one for all ages.  It is a beautiful story of what brings true happiness.  It is a feast for the eyes with colorful detail and one of those stories that you feel good about sharing with your children.

#10  Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen This is not your typical farm animal book.  It is full of fun lines like..."The geese are nearly perfect- at least they act that way." and "The sheep are silly.  They are so silly the geese can hardly be blamed for wanting to pinch them. Still, there's something sweet about sheep even if they aren't clever."


1 comment:

Corinne said...

I'm going to have to write a few of these down for the next time we go to the library... I always get so overwhelmed!