Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My top five favorite children's books

a classic, I still have mine from when I was 5.

another classic that over 60 years old. It has wonderful illustrations and teaches children about colors, pattern, rhyming. I haven't read this since I was at least 6, but I just remember how much I loved it and had the text memorized. "Caps, caps for sale". There is a lot or repetition in this book which I know kids respond to.
I know what I'll be getting E this weekend.
really? Do I need to explain this one?

Guji Guji by Chih-yuan Chen. This is just a lovely story of how an alligator egg somehow gets mixed up with a family of duck eggs and becomes part of the duck family and neither the ducks nor the gator note a difference between them. The love a mother has for her child no matter where they came from or how they look is wonderfully told in this story, as is the strong family bond that goes deeper than any shared DNA. The illustrations are beautifully drawn and parents and children will appreciate this story both visually and emotionally.

Oliver Jeffers is fairly new to the children's book world. This book came out about 6 years ago. This is his first book and such a sweet tale of how a little boy wants to befriend a star and goes through a lot of means to get one. The illustrations are refreshing and will appeal to all ages. I gave this book as a gift to several of my friends and they all adored it. I always look for the perfect combination of illustration and story as they truly need to go hand and hand in children's picture books. He has written other books, but like Ian Falconer, his first one is the one with the most magic. I want to also note that his last book is not truly a children's book as it deals with a very real subject matter of death, but it is done so in a very poetic manner.

I love children's books so much, my dream is to one day open a small children's book store/cupcake shop. I pray kindle and ipad don't destroy my dream. I'm all for technology but come on!! Books are amazing, the way they look and feel, how the pages sound when you turn them. I always wanted a library from floor to ceiling, the one where you need a rolling ladder to reach the top shelf...just like the one the Beast gave Beauty. So I shall continue to collect books until I die. Right now I have a small collection going on where my prized possession is my first edition Olivia. I must say that every time I visit a children's bookstore I always end up buying at least one new book. I decided I would start making Tuesdays the day to list my favorite books and I shall do so by breaking them into different categories each week. Today I will list my all time five favorite books. This was not easy as easy task to do but I have been thinking about this post for a while now. I will also list Emma's favorites books to date later on today and would love to hear other people's favorite children's books. I'm really happy to be able to share this little love for books with Emma, who as you all know just loves to read.

1 comment:

  1. Emma's Favorite Books as told to me via dictaphone:
    Dianetics, by L. Ron Hubbard
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    Hollywood Wives by Jackie Collins
    Corporate Warrior: A Novel Based on the Life of Lee Iacocca by Steve Madeline
    The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels
    Sodom and Gomorrah by Marcel Proust
    The Art of War by Sun Tzu
    How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
    The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
    Betty Crocker Cookbook
    The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
    The Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal
    Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
    A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
    Peyton Place by Grace Metalious and last, but certainly not least:
    American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

    This is no lie. You can ask Emma herself.