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Books for young children
« on: July 19, 2017, 09:06:11 AM »
My fiance and I are expecting a little girl in October, we would like to give her the best start possible with reading, I am curious what books did you love as a young child or what do you love to read to yours? I would love to add to her library.

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Re: Books for young children
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2017, 03:18:09 PM »
I read to both of our children and both of our grandchildren from the day they were born.  I started reading The Velveteen Rabbit to my grandson the first time I got to hold him at the hospital.  Of course at that stage all that matters is the sound of your voice and not necessarily the words of a story! 

So many wonderful choices out there.  For the last few years the book I always give at a baby shower or after a baby announcement is received is this one.  I think it's destined to become a classic.  It was the book I read at the hospital when meeting our granddaughter.  She will be 4 in a couple of weeks and it's still a favorite we read together all the time.



Congratulations on your impending arrival!  I think instilling a love of books and reading is one of the most precious gifts you can give your child.
A book, I think, is very like a little golden door.
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It leads me into fairyland or countries strange and far.
And, best of all, the golden door always stands ajar. - Adelaide Love

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Re: Books for young children
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2017, 06:55:11 AM »
My parents started reading to me very early.
One of my favorite stories that my mom tells about my dad is when he tried to skip pages to get to the end faster and I told him "No Daddy, that's not how it goes."  I don't remember actually doing that, so I must have been pretty young.
I do have very vivid memories of my mom reading Dr Seuss books to me.  I can still pull random lines from some of them out of thin air.  A lot of my favorites from childhood are no longer in print, so those won't be very helpful. 
I purchased this book for my niece before she was born.  I was convinced that my SIL was having a girl and I wanted her to be more of a tomboy than a frilly girl.


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Re: Books for young children
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2017, 10:37:43 AM »
These are great, thank you everyone. My fiance and I will look at finding all the suggestions you can never have too many stories to read to your little ones.

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Re: Books for young children
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2017, 09:21:02 AM »
Not for infants, but great kids' books nonetheless, are those in Brad Meltzer's "I am" series. Tag line: Ordinary People Change the World.

Titles include I am Abraham Lincoln, I am Albert Einstein, I am Amelia Earhart, I am Rosa Parks, and more.
Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series, says calls Death Benefit "a terrific legal thriller, right up there with the best in the genre -- immediately appealing, always intriguing, and very satisfying in the end."
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Re: Books for young children
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2017, 01:13:29 PM »
Dr. Seuss and Disney classics floats the boat of the kids in my family.


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Re: Books for young children
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2017, 03:39:33 PM »
Sounds great, the I am series sounds great. We are living all of your suggestions.

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Re: Books for young children
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2017, 04:06:58 PM »
I could probably write a whole book about this!

Dr. Seuss, of course. (There are also little board books of some Seuss books that are great for babies/toddlers.)
Eric Carle writes a bunch of fun books.
So does Sandra Boynton.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Books by Giles Andreae
Roger Priddy has books like First 100 Words that have pictures of various familiar objects with their names. (My daughter loved these when she started realizing that everything has a name.)
Flap books have been a big hit too (like Dear Zoo and a bunch of stuff by Karen Katz).
The Llama Llama books by Anna Dewdney
There are also books by Raffi that are basically his songs with illustrations--lots of fun to read together.
My daughter's currently very into the Bear books by Karma Wilson.

It's great to have a well-stocked library at home, but don't forget about the public library. We started going there after I thought I might go crazy if I had to read Hop one Pop on more time. And your library might have storytime or some other kids' programs.

My daughter loves the Babybug magazines that we get from the library. And she also has subscriptions to Cub (a Ranger Rick magazine for littles), Little Kids (ditto from National Geographic), and Zoobies (from Zoobooks).

There are a lot more that I can't think of off the top of my head, but hopefully that helps.

And congratulations!


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Re: Books for young children
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2017, 10:10:46 AM »
Wow you all have such great suggestions. Some of these books  I have never heard of and look forward to sharing with my family.