I love books, I really, really love them and I have spent many happy hours reading to my girls. I have passed on my love of reading to my youngest daughter Paula, but unfortunately Rox is not a reader (sob, sob) – I think she inherited more of her Dad’s genes than mine and tends more towards hair-raising sports than curling up with a book!
Although we have read countless wonderful books over the years, some stand out head and shoulders above the rest; these are the books my children never tired of, even though we read them again and again; they are the books that they have fond memories of, the books that I am sure they will read to their own children one day. What follows is a list of these books that we have loved:
When my girls were little:
“Jesse Bear, what will you wear?” by N.W Carlstrom
“The very hungry caterpillar” by Eric Carle
“Corduroy” by Don Freeman
The Poky Little Puppy” by Janette Sebring Lowrey
The “Angus” books by Marjorie Flack
“Make way for ducklings” by Robert McCloskey
“The Big Green Pocketbook” by Candice Ransom
“Katie No-Pocket” by Emmy Payne
“Blueberries for Sal” by Robert McCloskey
When they were a little bigger:
The “Madeleine” books by Ludwig Bemelmans
The ‘Amelia Bedelia’ books by Peggy Parish
“The Faraway Tree” series by Enid Blyton
“Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren
“Papa Piccolo” by Carol Talley and Itoko Maeno
As they got older:
The “Little House on the Prairie” series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
“The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The “Anne of Green Gables” books by L M Montgomery
“The Tender Years” series by Janette Oke
I am sure there are some books I have forgotten to put on this list, I will probably edit this post as I think of them. In the meantime, I would love to hear about the books that have been special to your families – please leave a comment about them!
Those of you who homeschool and are familiar with Five in a Row, will notice that many of our favourite books for young children are those used in “Before Five in a Row”, I used this wonderful book to plan my daily reading and activities with Paula when she was 2-5 years old and I can’t recommend it highly enough, it has given her a lasting love of books and it is SO much fun to use. It is not only for homeschoolers, it can be used by any mom who enjoys reading to her little ones and doing craft type activities with them.
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