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Oh, the Books We Read #1

My sons really love us to read them certain books over and over again. Sometimes they’ll return back to books they remembered they loved months earlier and ask us to read them again. Usually from these books, we read it again the following night when they ask. This can sometimes last up to a week at a time before they switch to another book. I wanted to share with you some of their favorite books (and I’ll be making more of these posts in the future).  I tried my best to fit the books in my scanner to get some pictures of the art. If you have any recommendations, let me know them!
The Little Engine That Could
by Watty Piper and art by Loren Long
This is a familiar story that’s been read throughout the past few decades. This is slightly different but has gorgeous artwork. A train runs down filled with toys and goodies for a village over the mountain. They hope a friendly train will help them get to their destination. Our boys adore this and it is the most read story out of all their books.
Clink
by Kelly DiPucchio and Matthew Myers
This is such a cute story about a friendly robot who wants to get noticed and bought out of a shop. So many of the other robots are useful, but he can only seem to make burnt toast. The art is really lovely (this scan doesn’t show much compared to the other color-filled graphics).
 Josh and the Woo Woo
by David Bedford and Daniel Howarth
Josh does not like loud noises, and he knows noise, because he has loads of brothers and sisters who are constantly making noise in one form or another. He just wants to have fun and enjoy some quiet time alone. Is there any noise that could possibly be enjoyable to him? It is unlikely. My boys love this story because there are a lot of noises that get read. They find it funny.
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
by Audrey Wood and Don Wood
I love the art on this story, and it is really fun. The idea is that there is a little mouse who has a big red ripe strawberry. While you’re reading you warn the mouse about the bear that is after the strawberry and how to handle it. It’s really cute and one of my favorites to read, but the boys adore it as well and laugh!
Hermie, a Common Caterpillar
by Max Lucado
This is a Christian book. A couple of caterpillars think they are so boring compared to other caterpillars they know. They also meet so many other insects that seem to be so special. Why are they so plain and ordinary? They complain a bit to God about it, but He lets them know a thing or two about their purpose.  My 3 year old especially adores this book (and he loves learning about insects and animals). 
If You Give a Moose a Muffin
by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond
I’m sure many of you are aware of the If You Give a . . . series of stories. There are many (we own the Mouse one as well). This one however is what the boys adore. They think the moose is silly. Basically a boy sees a moose outside and gives him a muffin, but he wants too many other things in the meantime. What a fun moose.
The Kissing Hand
by Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper, and Nancy M. Leak
The art in this book is so pretty. A mother raccoon prepares her baby to go to school. Of course this is going to be difficult on the little one, but there is a way that the mother tries to help make it easier.  Although my sons don’t have to go to school and leave me, it is still really cute and is a very touching story!
Look Out for Mater
by Andrea Posner-Sanchez
My boys adore the Cars’ films like crazy (so therefore they love anything involving the story).  In Radiator Springs, Mater will do anything to spend time with his best friend Lightning McQueen. He doesn’t get to see him as often as he had before.  When he gets his chance to hang out with his friend, it seems like all he does just gets him into trouble.  Will Mater ever learn? 
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4 thoughts on “Oh, the Books We Read #1

  1. I've read Engine and Moose, but not the others. Thanks for the fun descriptions, Victoria. My favorite children's book is the classic A Fly Went By, followed closely by Go Dog Go.A Fly Went By is one of the best written stories I've ever read, adult or children. The artwork is lovely and whimsical, and it will take you back to summer days as a kid. Plus there's a wonderful twist in the story as we follow the young boy hero on his unexpected adventure that day. The opening page (http://www.amazon.com/Fly-Went-By-Mike-McClintock/dp/0394800036#reader_0394800036) starts the adventure with a line that gets me every time:I sat by the lake.I looked at the sky,And as I looked,A fly went by.Go Dog Go is another classic. Every child reading the book will want to jump right in and do what those dogs get to do. Plus, the friendship that comes together in this story has such an aspect of openness and honesty. It's a great example of what makes for real friends: shared experiences, speaking truth to each other, accepting each other for who they are.Tim

  2. I just want to say first, that the past few times I've received emails about comments from you from this blog, they haven't showed up! This one did though. Good!!!I have read both of those books, but not to the boys! I plan to take a trip to the library after getting loads of recommendations. I will definitely get those two books if they aren't already taken out! A Fly Went By has been in my "to-read-to-the-boys" list already but I had forgotten about Go Dog Go! Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Some really good recommendations here!  I'm very interested in checking out Clink.  Sounds like a really good story.  I love the If You Give a… series too…I've never read that one though.  My son is soooo into Dr. Seuss right now…especially Fox in Socks!  Aren't children's books the best?  I've always been a huge fan of Chris van Allsburg.

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