Picture books- our favorites!

Recently I asked Kendra of Preschoolers and Peace if she would be willing to give some good read-aloud suggestions. She kindly responded with a great list for girls (click here) and another list of her picks for boys (click here). Also, Amy over at Amy's Humble Musings posted an entry on read-alouds, too. (Click here.)

Amy and I were talking last week about how we didn't really have much to offer in the way of read-alouds (as we're just entering this stage with our children), but we DO each have a list of picture books we've enjoyed reading with our children. So... here's my list:

Mr. Putter & Tabby books- Cynthia Rylant

If you have not yet discovered these books, you've got to check them out! You'll meet an elderly man named Mr. Putter and his cat Tabby, and Mr. Putter's neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, and her dog Zeke. Mr. Putter and Tabby go on all sorts of adventures together and usually their neighbors join in on the fun! The illustrations are excellent. There are more words per page than most picture books, but pictures accompany each page and they aren't too wordy to hold my 2-year olds attention! Our favorites are Mr. Putter and Tabby Paint the Porch, Mr. Putter and Tabby Walk the Dog, Mr. Putter and Tabby Fly the Plane, and Mr. Putter and Tabby Make a Wish.

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart (illustrated by her husband, David Small)

Here's the description from the School Library Journal: "Through her letters to her farm family, Lydia Grace tells how she brightens her uncle's dreary bakery and his disposition with a little dirt and a suitcase full of seeds."

The illustrations in this book are outstanding. The first time we checked this one out at the library I spent a good deal of time poring over the illustrations on my very own (after my children went to bed!) You'll love it!

If You Were My Bunny by Kate McMullen, illustrated by David M. McPhail

This is a good nighttime lullaby book. It begins with the story of a mama bunny putting her baby bunny to bed, then a mama bear, a mama cat, a mama duckling, a mama dog, and finally, a mama putting her child to sleep. My favorite part about this book is that you can sing all the lullabies in the book. For instance, the bunny lullaby is sung to the tune of "Hush, Little Baby". The final page has the mama pulling up the covers, giving her child a great big hug, and a great big kiss ,and saying "I love you!" My children love this book- especially the singing part! :)

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

We recently discovered this book at the library and it has become a fast favorite! This is the story of Mr. McGreely, who plants his first garden and tries to protect it from a trio of smart rabbits (he first builds a fence, then a tall wooden wall, then a deep trench,... and more!) It has a great refrain as you find that the rabbits consistently outsmart Mr. McGreely: "And the sun went down. And the moon came up. And-- Tippy, Tippy, Tippy, Pat! Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!" (Envision those bunnies eating away happily!)

And here are some of our other favorites: (*before making this list, I consulted with my husband and four-year old daughter).

Gossie & Gertie books by Olivier Dunrea
Maisy books by Lucy Cousins
Honkers by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Leslie A. Baker
If Anything Ever Goes Wrong at the Zoo by Mary Jean Hendrick, illustrated by Jane Dyer
To Market, To Market by Anne Miranda, illustrated by Janet Stevens
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Dr. Seuss books
Richard Scarry books

So. That's our list. Please leave a comment and tell some of your favorites! I'd love to hear them!

1 comment:

  1. Apr. 29, 2006 - Thanks, Stacy!
    Posted by PreschoolersandPeace
    You have some of our favorites there (The Gardener), and some I'd not heard of but will definitely check out (Muncha, Muncha, Muncha)!


    Apr. 29, 2006 - Untitled Comment
    Posted by Rebeca
    I love The Gardener too! It's a beautiful story, and beautifully illustrated.
    Here are a few of our favorites:
    Winnie the Pooh (the originals)
    Most anything by Eric Carle
    Most anything by Beatrix Potter (lots of lessons here)
    Little Bear
    Miss Suzie by Miriam Young
    Blueberries for Sal
    Mr. Gumpy stories by Jon Birmingham
    Francis stories by Russel Hoban
    The Sheep of the Lal Bagh by David Mark
    And lots more, of course. We love books!
    Happy Reading!


    Apr. 30, 2006 - How about...
    Posted by kevmem
    These are the 2 that stand out to me as of this moment:

    Go, Dog, Go!! by Dr. Seuss (What is up there at the top of that tree....a dog party! A big dog party!) What fun is that!

    Mountain Born by Yates (for 6 and up, you might have to wait a bit for this one) " Newberry Honor. A young farm boy and his sheep grow up together.Touching, beautifully crafted, thought-provoking!" a quote from the Sonlight catalogue. I bawled at the end of this one. Keep the kleenex handy!


    Apr. 30, 2006 - Thanks, ladies...
    Posted by reformingmama
    ... for the comments and some of your favorite books! I can't wait to read these... :)


    May. 1, 2006 - Book recommendations
    Posted by Casey
    Hello! This is my first time at your blog, and I've enjoyed the stories! I thought I'd write in with a book recommendation from our children...the Obadiah books by Brinton Turkle are wonderful. They're sweet, well-illustrated, and show family life in a positive way. The main character is a mischievous Quaker boy named Obadiah. Start with Thy Friend Obadiah if you don't know where to start. I also recommend any of the Kim Lewis books. She has shorter ones for the little children and longer ones for the older. They are all beautifully illustrated, and my kids loved the animals in them.


    May. 1, 2006 - For Casey
    Posted by reformingmama
    Thank you for leaving a comment! I'm so anxious to look into the books you've mentioned. Thank you for passing along the recommendations! :)
    Blessings to you,


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