I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic lately for the days when the boys loved picture book bedtime stories. We still do read alouds together, but we are usually reading non-fiction or novels these days.
Join me for a trip down memory lane of favorite picture books from both their childhood and mine.
I Love You Because You’re You – The boys and I spent many snuggly bedtimes reading this one. Momma fox loves her little fox when he is happy or scared, well behaved or misbehaved. She always loves him no matter what he does. She loves him because he is her son.
Big Red Barn This was always a comforting book for the end of the day. The pictures are engaging and the rhythm of story is easy and peaceful.
The Crows of Pearblossom – This was one of my favorites when I was little. It was one of the stories my dad enjoyed reading. The author is Aldous Huxley – of Brave New World fame. He wrote it for his niece, Olivia. The book is easily understood by young children, yet it includes some advanced vocabulary. It’s fun to read aloud- I really enjoy the variety of voices it allows. It had been out of print for a while and was just republished in 2011.
Lost In The Woods A baby deer is alone in the woods. He is confident his mother will come for him but the other animals are concerned. Amazing photography and a nice nature lesson.
It’s Spring!– We had this in the board book edition and it was absolutely perfect. It’s light and rhyming with delightful illustrations.
Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep I can’t begin to count the number of times the boys checked this one out from the library. It’s perfectly silly, yet provides a wonderful explanation of how wool becomes sweaters.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type We spent many an afternoon giggling over the antics of the cows and Duck. The entire series is wonderfully entertaining and clever.
There Is a Bird On Your Head! Mo Willems does an absolutely delightful job creating the antics of Elephant and Piggie. The simple wording is still completely entertaining.
We Were Tired of Living in a House by Skorpen – I’m quite certain my parents tired of reading this book. Although not available on Amazon I was able to check the book out at the library to share with my guys.
In searching for a copy of the aforementioned “We were tired of living in a House”, I stumbled across Andrew Henry’s Meadow. I’m so glad I did. It is a wonderful tale of a very inventive boy.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble – Somethings cannot be explained. When I was young I checked this book out over and over. I finally had to learn to read it myself, because my mom didn’t enjoy it the same way I did. She would get sort of choked up when Sylvester turned into a rock. Fast forward 30 years. I bought the book for the boys with fond memories. They love it. I get verklempt every time I get to the page where he’s a stone out in the field during winter. No matter how many times I read it, I’m overjoyed when he is reunited with his parents.
What are the favorite picture books at your house?