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Moms Talk: 'Mom, Just One More Book, PLEASE!'

What books are you reading to your kids (or allowing them to read)?

Today as we raise our children we are told to read to them. Read to them as early as possible and often as possible. I have found my favorite hobby is not knitting, playing tennis or even reading a book for my own enjoyment, but finding myself either in the juvenile section of Barnes & Noble or the .

If I can steal 20 minutes a week, I just browse the shelves for new and different books. I love the smell of books: New books and that familiar smell from our youth of the library. I find myself volunteering in the school library and picking the librarians' brains on what their favorite books are.

Yes, I am the parent who buys books for your kids’ birthday and hosts book swaps for the holidays.

I am always looking for new books for the kids and thought what a perfect place to start the discussion than on Moms Talk. Not only will we all get a few new book ideas, but maybe we will be inspired to read to our children tonight and hear those famous words, “Mom, just one more book, PLEASE!”

Here are a few of my favorites to get us started. Please add some of your favorites and any reading tips you might have. I'm interested in seeing some young adult books on here too ... what do you recommend for your kids once they are doing more reading on their own? Is there any such thing as a "Banned Book" in your home?

Picture Books

Piggy and Elephant Series (Mo Williems)

Mercy Watson Series (Kate DiCamillo)

George and Martha  (James Marshall)

Lily and the Purple Plastic Purse (And other Kevin Henkes Stories)

The Little Train (And others by Lois Lenski)

The Kissing Hand (Audrey Penn)The Little House (And Others by Virginia Lee Burton) 

Chapter Books

The Cat Club/Jenny Linsky Series (Esther Averill)

The Cricket in Time Square (Anything by Seldon)

Charlotte’s Web (EB White)

Toys Go Out (Emily Jenkins)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Grace Lin)

Three Cups of Tea (Young Adult version/Greg Mortenson)

The Mysterious Benedict Society Series (Trenton Lee Stewart)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Brian Selznick)

Jeanne Brown March 17, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Oh--and I just finished Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days with my kids. The mom there tried to set up a book club and the main character made fun of it...not sure if it'll go over too well!!
Jeanne Brown March 17, 2011 at 05:45 PM
I agree with Kim on all the Kate DiCamillo books--first grader LOVES from her Mercy Watson books. More greats are the Tacky series by Helen Lester and for girls, the Pinkalicious books. We've also been reading a lot of the American Girl Doll books. I like them because they bring history to life, particularly for girls. And if your kids are a little older, the Roald Dahl books are fantastic--we've even done little "studies" where we'll read the book, then rent the movie and talk about it.
Stephanie March 17, 2011 at 05:51 PM
My son (almost 5) is in love with Dr. Suess. He does like the classic beginner books like Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, but he really prefers the longer stories with the moral at the end. Some of his favorites are The Lorax, The Sneeches and Other Stories, Horton Hears the Who, Yeartle the Turle and Other Stories, The Butter Battle Book and How The Grinch Stole Christmas (of course). The stories are fun, I even enjoy reading them and they gave a great message for children. His other favorites right now are the Nate the Great books by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Nate is a detective and my son always has fun trying to solve the cases with him.
Stefanie Janoff March 17, 2011 at 06:58 PM
These book suggestions are great. Thank you all for sharing and keep them coming. My son participates in book group. The best part of the book group is that the boys are boys who just have a love for reading. They are not necessarily friends at school. Unfortunately, we do not meet as often as we did in 2nd/3rd grade. We rotate which child picks the book and they lead the discussion. Sometimes the questions are developed by Mom, other times by the child. Sometimes there is an activity. All the boys have had the unique opportunity to read books they might not normally read. Believe it or not, they really enjoy talking about the book AND it really is special Mom/Son time. Amy - other genres to check out are Historical Fiction. At the school library they mark them with a sticker that stays "Historical Fiction". Also, don't discard the Advanced Picture books. The writing is written at a much higher level than chapter books with many complex subject matters. (Keep in mind that many picture books are written for adults to read to their child, so the writing is much harder.) Happy Reading!
April Mazza March 18, 2011 at 06:56 PM
Great Suggestions! As a youth librarian it really excites me to see such great discussion about books and reading! Thank you Stefanie for the Wayland Library "plug"! There is so much libraries offer but many people don't know all that they provide. At the Wayland Library we are always happy to suggest titles. Please come and ask! From home you can browse lots of suggestions and book lists from our Reader's Corner http://www.waylandlibrary.org/children/readers_corner.htm You can also place holds from home and check out ebooks and downloadable audio books from the library. We love hearing your suggestions as well. As we all know, the best way to get turned on to a new book is to hear someone else talking about how great it is! Some books that I have recently enjoyed are: Il Sung Na's picture books. The stories are wonderful and the illustrations are gorgeous. I just read Mo Willems' I Broke My Trunk (another Elephant and Piggie book) and it made me laugh out loud, just like all his other books. I enjoyed listening to both Brixton Brothers books by Mac Barnett. These would be great for young boys around age 10-12. Humor, adventure and mystery...what more could you want? Both The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman and A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz bring classic folk and fairy tales to life in different ways. These are not watered down versions! The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, by Maryrose Wood, was so good I am anxiously awaiting the sequel, The Hidden Gallery!

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