Scared you didn’t I? Coffee hasn’t kicked in and it’s nearly 9:30 so I’m a bit slaphappy. Maybe it won’t kick in today…
I was visiting with our pastor’s wife Sunday with my overloaded book bag in tow that was really HEAVY and I mentioned that as a new (well not new but newer than me!) granny, she might want tune it to my blog this week for my offering of Kids Books for Every Granny. There was an ulterior motive in this whole thing though…I want your ideas too. Then I’ll make a masterlist. This all came about when I was cleaning out a drawer and found my old college book list. You know the one…the required reading one?! I may frame it!
I’ve got links included to Amazon pages on some of these. You can flip through some of the books to get a feel for the books.
Anything Mary Englebreit. I mean anything. I adore her illustrations of the old tried and true children’s stories and my grands are mesmerized by them! There are just so much to look at…we play games of “what do you see?” and ” can you find”. She has several books out, two of which are:
Anything by Richard Scarry will entertain little ones for hours! Really! This particular book got our youngest son through church many times.
Jan Brett’s books are magnificently illustrated, with some retold stories, such Beauty and the Beast and some based on old folk tales, like The Gingerbread Man and some of her own, Honey…Honey…Lion. With her artistry, I want them all but this The Night Before Christmas is a MUSTHAVE!
Those are some my Tried and True read-out-loud books. The kind where you start reading to one child and you end up with a whole lap full!
The books below make great gifts for children…some to read themselves when they get older and some can be read aloud, maybe a chapter a night.
And of course, no library in the MidWest is complete without the Little House books, by Laura Ingalls Wilder!
Everyone should have Louisa Mae Alcott’s Little Women and Little Men on their shelves.
Milne’s Winnie the Pooh and his collection of poems, Now We Are Six is beyond excellent!
Heidi was one of my first books and resides on a special shelf, along with Lassie Come Home and Pollyanna. And Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm!
The eternal classic The Wizard of Oz still fascinates my grandchildren.
And just for fun for the little girls…Fancy Nancy, by Jane O’Connor! Love that girl and so do my granddaughters. We have FN paper dolls, real dolls, even FN cakes!! And one day after we read FN goes to the spa, my little girls decided to treat me to a Day at Their Spa, complete with Cheese-Its and grape juice subbing in for a tea party menu AND paper cucumbers that they drew, colored and cut out to put on my tired, saggy eyes. Of course, we all had our feather boas and faux diamonds on. The spa event ended with their version of an “exquisite” (that’s fancy talk for wonderful) hair do!
You MUST have Ruth Bell Graham’s One Wintry Night as the illustrations are stellar with a fresh retelling of the Christmas story!
One suggestion I might make for all you grannys out there. Make a list of books that you buy and give to your grandchildren. That way you don’t have to be calling their moms constantly to see if they have a particular book because you can’t remember if you’ve already given them that book…or was it the other family of grands? Ask me how I know.
Now..it’s your turn! What are some of your favorite kid’s books?