Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Writer's Workshop Wednesday- My favorite books to read to children- and the most hated!

Kat over at Mama's Losin' It has some great prompt for Writer's Wednesday this week. Try it out. You just might like it!

2.) Book Review! What children’s book do/did you hate reading to your child?

     It's been many, many years since I read to my kids but I can still remember the ones that I hated to read aloud and the ones we all loved.
     I hated any book written by Dr. Seuss for the same reason that Kat hates Chicky Chick Chook Chook, the repetition.  His books were great to use once they just began to read because they could figure out what the next word would be but, they were awful to read aloud because they were so boring and repetitive. They were also without much of a plot or any good character development- Kidding! They were just boring as all get up and go to read over and over again. They made me grit my teeth and thankfully, these books somehow got hidden under my bed lost a lot!

     On the flip side, there were books that I read literally thousands of times and still love. Some of the books that I loved to read were: Goodnight Moon  and The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.

I also love children's poetry and story collections like A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevensen and A.A. Milne's;Winnie the Pooh, The House At Pooh CornerNow We Are Six, and When We Were Very Young  My favorite is When We Were Very Young, especially the poem called, Disobedience- "James James Morrison Morrison Whetherby George Depree took great care of his mother though he was only three..." Bet your shocked at that. Amazon actualy has a great set with all 4 of these titles.

We also loved Robert McCloskey's Blueberries for Sal and  Make Way for Ducklings.

If you weren't from New England, you may not have heard of these but you should get them.

Last but not least, my favorite book and my kids' favorite book, hands down, is a book called
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. 
It was given to us by my step uncle, who volunteers to this day at a preschool. I had never heard of the book until we received it, but it quickly became our must read book. After thousands of reading I'm still not tired of it.
     What are some of your favorites. most hated kids books?
It's freezing cold here today and I think after I finish my chores, I might just grab a book and read. I only wish I still had a little one at home to snuggle up with and read to! Man time flies!!!!


Jeanette said...

Thanks for the great tips! I can't wait to read these books to my kids. Fun.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the suggestions, my collection was starting to feel a little stale.

I hate reading Love you Forever, and love reading the Paper Princess, a story that strangely my son loves too.

blueviolet said...

You've been in my closet! I have every one of those books and the Robert McCloskey books I bought because I remember loving them so much as a child myself!

CaJoh said...

Stopping by from Mama Kat's…

Except for the last one (because I do not know it) I fully agree with all of the books you like.

I actually have all of the A.A. Milne collection in one bound book. It makes it a lot easier if I choose to switch between stories and poems (I don't have to go hunting for a different book— it's all in the same one).

Thanks for sharing,

Unknown Mami said...

I'll have to get some of these for Put Pie.

kys said...

I agree with you about the Dr. Suess books. Although when my oldest was a toddler we had some of them in the board book form. They must have been abridged versions because they were much shorter and easier to read.

Laufa said...

My son's fave books right now are "The Old Lady who Ate a Fly" and "Flanimals" (think goofy monsters, with funny names).