Friday, December 19, 2008

Oh Man! What's That Funky Smell! --AND Really Terrible Pictures of Books

I was shopping for Norah's Christmas presents today, and bought this book for her.

I'm pretty sure I told this story one year for Story League. I was in Borders and walked by it and BAM! I was shot right back to middle school Story League meetings. I grabbed the mosquito book, and then began looking for some of my other favorites from childhood.

I am slowly beginning to build up Norah's library, very slowly because books are expensive. I'll have to make more of an effort to run down to the used book store. And as I was walking around Borders today, I became more and more excited to read to Norah, to teach her to love to read.

Anyone want to share some of their favorite childhood or adolescent books?


Katie said...

I loved Little Critter's Bedtime Stories and The Giving Tree and Goodnight Moon. I had a book shower when I was pregnant--I totally understand your love for reading to Norah. Right now Caleb really digs "The Grouchy Ladybug", I think because the pictures are really big and colorful. It's so fun. I've never heard of the first book you mentioned, but I think I need to find it!!

Audrey said...

Animalia by Graham Baese. We used to read this (and others by him) when we were kids. The illustrations are awesome. He also did an illustrated version of Jabberwocky. And The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear. Brian's mom got that one for me. I think she wants a grandkid.

Candice Houston said...

I, too, love Where the Wild Things Are, and also Mr. Sendak's In the Night Kitchen. (that was Sol's weaning book!) The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton.
I loved Pippi Longstocking, and the Little House books. And Peter Pan.
My list is eternal!
A neat idea I read about once is having a first birthday where folks give the baby a copy of their favorite childhood book.
Interested, my dear?
Love you.

caryn the designer said...

I'm an obsessive lover of children's books! I own a lot of books and own way more children's than any other. My favorites right now are Toot and Puddle books by Holly Hobbie. They are lovely. Harold and the Purple Crayon books are wonderful too. Also, the Pigeon books by Mo Willems are hilarious as well as his Knuffle Bunny books, which are delightful. One of my favorites when I was a child was Cookie's Week which is about a mischievous cat. That may be a great one for Norah as she lives with fun cats too. And it comes in a board book now too! If you ever need more suggestions, my library is always open… Have fun!

Silvy said...

hmm i wonder if you can find good childrens books at garage sales? that could be a much cheaper way to build up your library! (or possibly a library book sale, but i'm not sure if siloam does that).

Anonymous said...

don't forget byrd baylor (everyone needs a rock) and tomie depaola (strega nona)

Amanda said...

Sadie, you need to join when you get a good collection and are looking to recycle. All you pay for is shipping to someone who requests a book from you, and then you get a credit to get one for free.

Aidan and Zachary said...

Check out
They do all internet book sales, but their shop is in tontitown so you can pick it up from them and avoid shipping.
also, on the loss of dignity thing, I've noticed today that with each bite I give to Zachary I open and close my mouth. It seems logical with a few bites, but my jaw is actually a little sore by the time we get through our green beans.

dawn said...

I know that these aren't necessarily children's books, but I loved Little Women, Anne of Green Gables series, and (I don't know how this one got started but) Rifles for Watie. I read each of them at least 3 times before I was 12.

AngMomof3 said...

You should find someone who has access to Scholastic book orders (via preschools or public schools) and order books there-- it makes it very affordable!

My favorite book: Guess How Much I Love you.