Today’s I thought I would talk to you all about books. Children’s books to be more specific. In case you didn’t know this about me, I LOVE books. Especially children’s books. Nathan always teases me and says “you know you’re married to a teacher when the first section she walks to in a bookstore is the children’s section.” He is very accurate by the way. That is the section I go to first. I have even gone as far as to follow him around the bookstore, reading a children’s book. Is that weird? I don’t care, you have to test it out first before you buy it and well, husbands are the perfect target. Am I right ladies?
Being a teacher and a mom, I have really had my share of exposure to children’s books. I’ve found books that I don’t like and wouldn’t have a use for and then I’ve found books I just can’t live without! So over the years I’ve collected books for my own classroom and since I’m not longer teaching, I already have a collection of books to read to Michael. So it wasn’t a total waste of money after all. I decided to take this opportunity to share with you all what kind of books I like and what some of my absolute, can’t live without, favorites are.
I love interactive books. Books that really get the children to interact with the stories, such as The Flea’s Sneeze (which also has farms animals for those kiddos who love animals). With all the kids I’ve read this books to, they pick up the pattern and LOVE to say it along with me. Then there’s the always lovable Pete the Cat. Really there isn’t a Pete the Cat book that isn’t fantastic, but my favorite would be Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. The song in it is ridiculously fun, it teaches the kids simple subtraction and has a moral to the story. Can’t beat that.
I also really love imaginative stories. Stories that take imagination to a whole new level. The first book that comes to mind when I think of books using imagination is The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend. Already, how cute is that title?! This story is about Beekle, who lives on an island where imaginary friends are created and they wait there until a little boy or girl is in need of an imaginary friend. But Beekle isn’t chosen, so instead of waiting for a little boy or girl he decides to go off and find one. An adorable book to say the least. Then there’s The True Story of the The 3 Little Pigs! This story teaches kids that there are two sides to every story and that we shouldn’t judge someone before we get to know that. It has a great and powerful lesson. If you’re a teacher, this is a great book to use as a compare and contrast story, maybe an argumentative paper (they have to choose whether they believe the pigs or the wolf and why), just to give you some ideas. Now we get to my FAVORITE imaginative story, are you ready for it? Elephant Joe, Brave Knight! This story is cute, funny, imaginative and has great illustrations. It is a book you will love even as an adult. There’s adventure and bravery and fighting dragons…and a frog narrator. It’s perfect! I highly highly highly recommend you getting this book.
The last books that I want to talk about are just plain brilliant. I love history and classic books. I remember studying Edgar Allen Poe in college and reading a lot of his dark works, I mean really, they’re all dark. But an author by the name of Jennifer Adams put a delightful twist on these stories. She came out with three Edgar books, Edgar Gets Ready for Bed, Edgar and The Tattle-Tale Heart (do you like the play on words) and Edgar and The Tree House of Usher. Edgar is a little raven (do you get the reference???) and well, he isn’t the most well-behaved little bird but he learns some valuable lessons in these cute tales. Little kids will love them and the author is clever enough to put in references of Edgar Allen Poe for some adult humor.
Well guys, that’s about all I have for today. I definitely recommend looking into these books if you’re wanting to add something new to your shelves. They are some of my absolute favorite children’s books for so many reasons and I hope that if you do happen to check them out, that you will love them as much as I do.
Have a wonderful Tuesday and I will talk to you all tomorrow! Bye guys!