Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #34 - Favorite Board Books


My parents never kept any of my children's books, especially anything from preschool. So I hold a special place for these books which I have shared with my children and wonder if I'll ever let them go. I'm trying not to turn my kids into packrats, but to give them a balanced sense of sentimentality for their belongings.
  1. Count! by Denise Fleming. This book is wonderfully illustrated with rich colors and our kids have memorized the fun text.

  2. The Three Bears by Byron Barton. This board book version of the classic tale with its bold primary colors is a hit with the kids. We have the voices down for all the parts and they burst out laughing every time.

  3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This is my favorite Eric Carle book. As a baby, Dova had a sweet one piece suit with its illustrations and now she has a stuffed caterpillar from the Eric Carle museum.

  4. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann. Some people love Goodnight Moon, but it is definitely the mischievous gorilla for our family. We especially love finding the pink balloon as it makes its way through the night sky.

  5. The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton. And when the moon is on the rise, they all go up to exercise. Got this one memorized too!

  6. Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! by Sandra Boynton. Many people love Barnyard Dance! (in fact we got three of these as gifts), but for Dova, it's the cute and not so cute dinosaurs which capture her imagination.

  7. Where's My Teddy? by Jez Alborough. The illustrations are fantastic, especially the spooky forest. The play on size is also quite endearing.

  8. Little Fur Family by Margaret Wise Brown. This classic tale is always a cozy read.

  9. First Book of Sushi by Amy Wilson Sanger. Who can resist Tobiko flying from Japan? Dova won't touch real sushi, but she'll gladly pretend to eat all the sushi off these pages.

  10. Freight Train by Donald Crews. When Adam was two and he memorized this book and could "read" it to everyone.

  11. My Shimmery Fun Time Book by Salina Yoon. Adam shredded this book as a toddler, and I meticulously glued and taped it back together. We still love the shiny pictures.

  12. Pat the Bunny Another book that Adam shredded as a toddler (my, was he destructive!), which we replaced for Dova. This one has a special place in our hearts because Adam received the book with a small stuffed bunny as a baby. He then picked out a large version of the bunny when we had a gift certificate for him when he was two. Not a car, not a loud electronic toy, but a sweet stuffed bunny. He still sleeps with "big bunny" on occasion.

  13. Baby Einstein: Van Gogh's World of Color by Julie Aigner-clark. Believe it or not, Dova still watches Baby Einstein once in a while, and I am partial to Van Gogh.

15 comments :

The Q Family said...

You have a good collection of children books. Give me an idea to add to my own library for my children. :) I really enjoy reading your blog.

Barbara said...

I love this TT! I'm a dedicated reader and taught my kids to read. I have every book they ever read - lots of them! My grandchildren have read a few of them already, but they don't read as much as my two did.

Thanks for commenting on my TT. I was kidding - you can come to my house! i was warning a burglar. :)

Nicholas said...

A very interesting selection of books.

pussreboots said...

My children like Boynton's books too. Happy TT and thanks for stopping by.

Zenmomma said...

Our family LOVED #'s 3, 5 & 12!

happyhousewife said...

Great list, we have read many of these in our house. Similar to my TT, on books for little girls
Blessings~

Lady Rose said...

nice selection
I should do a list of my favorite healthy eating books

happy TT my first one is up!

Julie Pippert said...

P1 loved the Boynton books, but P2 prefers Carle (of the ones on your list).

Good list idea!

Nissa said...

Oh my goodness! I have to get that first book of sushi for my daughter! My older son won't go near sushi, and I think if he'd been exposed early on, he might try it!
Happy T13!

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

We have many of these as well - The Going To Bed Book is one of my absolute favorites! :)

Natalie said...

I don't think I'll be able to get rid of my kiddos' books! This is a fun idea for a list.

Lynne said...

The Very Hungry Caterpillar! My favorite!

Melanie said...

I love children's books. My 16 month old has so many books and she will usually pick a book over pretty much any toy.

KarenW said...

We still have a bunch that I cannot get rid of even though my youngest is 10. Books are treasures!

damozel said...

These were all after my time, I think, but look like fun!

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