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What are you reading (to your children)?

Lately, my daughter has been getting a lot of Maurice Sendak's Nutshell Library, specifically One was Johnny and Alligators all around. She's not a fan of Pierre.


 
Sep 19, 17 12:01 pm
Non Sequitur

This is one of my favorites

If You Happen To Have A Dinosaur by Linda Bailey

Sep 19, 17 12:05 pm
chigurh

The house in the night has awesome illustrations, as does Good night moon - classic 60s pop art graphics and colors.  Dragons love tacos is tight, Iggy Peck architect is the worst.  Age dependent.  




Sep 19, 17 12:07 pm

Of course, she also gets Iggy Peck, Architect and Ada Twist, Scientist due to her parents' professions, and we throw in Rosie Revere, Engineer to round it out.


Sep 19, 17 12:07 pm

I also love Harold and the Purple Crayon

Sep 19, 17 12:10 pm
Non Sequitur

Also a favorite

Sep 19, 17 1:23 pm
randomised

This is awesome people, keep 'em coming! (fresh dad here)

Sep 19, 17 1:40 pm
won and done williams

Currently to my five year old:

To my seven year old:

And my favorite kids book of all time:


Sep 19, 17 2:48 pm

The Story of Buildings.  This one is beautifully illustrated, and engagingly written.  Great stories for 6-12 year-olds.

Sep 19, 17 2:58 pm
Smile of Fury

My 21-month-old loves these:


Anything from Sandra Boynton automatically gets donated out of my house.

Sep 19, 17 3:18 pm

Mr. Plumbean and the Big Orange Splot is lovely for giving a sense of personal love for your home. 

Roberto the Insect Architect is an excellent social justice story with clever puns.

The Lorax because it's the smartest book ever written.

The original Magic Schoolbus series - the Classic books, not the later iterations - are dense and beautiful and full of so much nerdy information. Loved them.

The Snowy Day made me want to live in the city.

Next week is Banned Book Week! So check out Walter the Farting Dog, which we *loved* even though it uses the word "fart" or "farting" twenty-four times! (The horror!)

Sep 19, 17 3:24 pm
chigurh

richard scarry is cool.

Sep 19, 17 3:36 pm
JLC-1

last I checked my 16 yr old had read most of stephen king's, and the 21 yr old was reading some neuroscience stuff for class.

Sep 19, 17 3:41 pm
fictional\_/Christopher

as JLC-1 noted, although not that old at least one kid reads to themselves now...the other, recently, the one we neglected night time reading to...you over do it with the first, so now the 2nd is asking, where are my bedtime stories...



Sep 20, 17 6:47 am
randomised

This one is on my list for when the time is ready:



It's about Constant's New Babylon, don't know if an international version is in the works, I hope so though.

Sep 20, 17 7:35 am
randomised

And this one was a favourite of my niece, about a little mole who wants to find out who shat on his head, his haircut looks very current affairs somehow ;)






Sep 20, 17 7:40 am

The Hobbit at around age 4-5, I think. A slow start but once you get going ...

Sep 20, 17 8:39 am
Tinbeary There there

FORTUNATELY, THE MILK

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and Skippy Jon Jones, Lost in Spice

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Sep 20, 17 9:38 am
fictional\_/Christopher

Skippyjonjones is the bomb.

Oh god those Skippyjon Jones books are SO FUN to read out loud! When my boy was old enough to read himself we would argue over who got to read them out loud at his bedtime.

Sep 20, 17 10:20 am
Non Sequitur

I've got Dawkins' "The Magic of Reality" cued up for when my 15mo old starts asking questions. Might not be for a while, but that's ok. It's beautifully illustrated.:



Sep 20, 17 10:25 am

they go to the library each week and pick their own books

Sep 20, 17 10:38 am
Tinbeary There there

I am reading this

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Sep 20, 17 12:59 pm

Also Zen Shorts has a beautiful message and gorgeous illustrations. 


Sep 20, 17 1:03 pm
Sam Apoc

Room on the Broom is a fun one to read aloud as well:


Sep 20, 17 2:24 pm
fictional\_/Christopher

the whole series is great.  just read this one.


Sep 20, 17 10:50 pm
won and done williams

Agreed - brilliant!

I remember reading the Mr. Men and Little Miss books as a kid. Mr. Messy was always my favorite.


won and done williams

A few other favs:

We also found this at the public library by Don Freeman, the author of the original Corduroy; however, I think it's out of print. Anything by Freeman is incredible, but this was particularly good (and well illustrated).

Donna already mentioned it, but wanted to get a photo up - Ezra Jack Keats wrote about growing up in a city like no other. All his books are wonderful:


Sep 21, 17 8:51 am
chigurh

fox in socks

Sep 21, 17 11:18 am
shellarchitect

working on the magic treehouse series for the 5 year old. 

llama llama series for the 1 1/2 year old

Sep 21, 17 1:02 pm
jla-x

just finished reading To Kill a Mocking bird with my 10yo.  Before that, my wife read Catcher in the Rye and Lord of the Flies, Tom Sawyer, and Of Mice and Men.  We are covering all the classics...

Sep 21, 17 2:29 pm
fictional\_/Christopher

Catcher in the rye...isnt that about a kid graduating high school and trying to lose his virginity before the summer is over, thats how i remember it....now i will google it

fictional\_/Christopher

Read that 25+/_ years ago and wasnt impressed(clearly). Teenage angst = trying to get laid (apparently thats not what the book is about,but how i remember it) ....anyway sounds like your year old is getting the High School classics.....

Tinbeary There there

Of Mice and Men is one of the worst books I've ever read. Get it out of the way early I guess?

It's Banned Books Week! Two more good banned books for kids:

1. For 3rd grade on or so, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Banned because it challenged gender role norms for the time, and the girl protagonist is a badass.

2, For about 8th grade and beyond, The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexei. One of my favorite books ever, and loved by my son too, but banned because it - horrors! - mentions that masturbation is normal and fun.


Sep 25, 17 11:35 am
randomised

Didn't know the USA, land of the free etc. is banning children's books while Mein Kampf is readily available...not saying that it is a children's book of course.

Sep 25, 17 2:19 pm
fictional\_/Christopher

Fahrenheit 451

I tell my children about the strange emails I get from people trying to entrap me. They love that.

Sep 25, 17 2:23 pm
mantaray
HARRIET THE SPY WAS BANNED??! Omg that is so depressing. That book was one of the first, and upon reflection one of the FEW, books that resonated with me personally BECAUSE it was a female protagonist with her own thang going on. Ah FFS.

This thread is awesome. Besides the classics/ those already mentioned (more cheers for Richard scarry and the "little men/miss" series!) we've recently discovered the following delightful books:

Good Night Owl (by Greg Pizzoli)--very fun to read/act out and the illustrations are JUST RIGHT
https://www.amazon.com/Good-Night-Owl-Greg-Pizzoli/dp/1484712757

Carson Ellis' "Home" (about all different kinds of homes, beautiful rendered)
Sep 25, 17 6:09 pm
fictional\_/Christopher

and quite often


Sep 25, 17 9:10 pm
friend

she really enjoys big pop up books.

this one is The Architecture Pack. a bit older but still good.


Sep 26, 17 7:07 pm

I love librarians ... Melania Trump sent ten Dr. Seuss books to an elementary school library in Cambridge, MA. This was the librarian's response.

I'm including this from the end of the response because of the theme of the thread: "In return, I’m attaching a list of ten books (it’s the librarian in me) that I hope will offer you a window into the lives of the many children affected by the policies of your husband’s administration. You and your husband have a direct impact on these children’s lives. Please make time to learn about and value them."

Sep 26, 17 8:07 pm
fictional\_/Christopher

I liked this thread until you introduced adult themes, some people are just assholes (not you EI, my point is people who use children as a political stepping stone) especially this librarian.

I wasn't even the first to bring adult themes up in this thread. 

I think the adult themes have always been there, this librarian was just pointing them out to someone who seemed oblivious to them.

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