Today Kelly is talking about a topic near and dear to my heart -- kids' books. I have been collecting kids' books for well over twenty years, long before I had my own children. One of my favourite jobs was working at Chapters, the Canadian bookstore chain, in the kids' section and being able to recommend great books to customers. I loved it! My dream job is to become a children's librarian. I have such fond memories of my childhood libraries. So let's get started.
Sandra Boynton is an old favourite. I find her earlier works wittier and more entertaining but I still love most of what she has written. And "Moo, Baa, La, La, La" helped both Sam and Rachel learn animal sounds. Win-win!
Everywhere Babies is a book my friend send to me when we found out we were pregnant with Sam. It is an AWESOME book to take you through baby's first year and one of my favourite new discoveries since having kids. I'm keeping this one in my back pocket as a baby shower gift!
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Mem Fox is another favourite. Her books are just so beautiful. "Time For Bed" was Sam's bedtime story for months and months. I just love it.
Of course Dr. Seuss is an old favourite. Some of our Dr. Seuss books were mine when I was a toddler. Right now, Rachel's favourite book is "Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?" And Sam has been a fan of the "A B C Book" for ages.
Another of Sam's current favourites is Richard Scarry books. Again, some of the copies we own are from my childhood and falling apart but Sam adores them. Right now he LOVES the ones below.
I am so excited to introduce my kids to some of my favourite young adult books too. I remember the first time I discovered Laura Ingalls Wilder. I've read her books so much my copies are falling apart. And those are the ones I will read to my kids too!
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Another more recent author I've discovered is Tamora Pierce. She has great books for young girls with strong female characters.
Two of my other favourite young adult series are Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy series and Norma Johnston "The Keeping Days" series. Both of these series are hard to find these days, especially Norma Johnston's. When I realized I could no longer get them out of my favourite library I went online and bought them all. They are both about girls growing up in the early 1900's (around 1906-1918) and I LOVE them. If I could go back and live in any time in the world I would pick around 1910.
Let me know if I've introduced you to any new interesting books and leave me a note if you have a book I absolutely have to read. I'm always looking for new books and I just LOVE kids' books. As I may have already mentioned :)