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    Default Recommended Children's Books

    Please include recommended ages, title and author. If you'd like to post a quick synopsis or link to the book on Amazon or another site, that would be much appreciated I'm sure.
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    Default Links to some past threads

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    Thanks for the links!

    I'll put a few of my girls' favorites. They are about to be 3 (next week!).

    The Olivia books. Olivia and the Missing Toy was a daily read until about a week ago, but they like all of them.

    Go Do Go and One Fish, Two Fish (Dr. Suess) huge favorites.

    Going on a Bear Hunt (illus Helen Oxenbury, forget the author. Michael Rosen, maybe?)

    The Three Snow Bears - Jan Brett. And The Mitten by Jan Brett.

    Duck in a Truck - Jez Alborough

    That is all I can think of right now... Will add more later. I like the thread!

    eta: I posted this list in the princess thread, but thought they might fit here too. I haven't read them all, so they may not count as recommended by me, but I thought it might be a good reference! (books with strong females)

    Paperbag Princess - Robert Munsch
    Sleeping Ugly - Jane Yolen
    Olivia books
    Alice the Fariy - David Shannon
    Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from around the World - Kathleen Ragan
    Eloise books - Kay Thompson
    Don't Mention Pirates - Sarah McConnell
    Princess Knight and Pirate Girls (2 different books) - Cornelia Funke
    Princess Smartypants - Babette Cole
    Falling for Rapunzel - Leah Wilcox
    The Very Smart Pea and the Princess to Be - Mini Grey
    Cinder Edna - Ellen Jackson
    Tatterhood and other Tales: Stories of Magic and Adventure - Ethel Johnston Phelps
    The Serpent Slayer and Other Stories of Strong Women - Katrin Tchana
    Not One Damsel in Distress: World Folktales for Strong Girls - Jane Yolen
    Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren
    The Wizard of Oz series may work - there may be some stereotypes, but there are so few girl on epic journey/quest books they may be worth it.

    I have heard that Barefoot Books has several including Goddesses; Grandmother's Stories; Fiesty Feminina (

    Link to list of books that break gender role stereotypes:

    Link to someone's list (not mine) at Amazon with strong girls:
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    Default Chapter books for early readers. Advanced read aloud books for 4-7 year olds.
    Katie, mama to a pair of boys.

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    14 Mo

    Ocean Wonders
    His favorite since he received this a few months ago. Colorful pictures with a lot of sea life to point out and search for.

    Elmo Loves You
    Details in the pictures keep DS interested. Also good for I spy type searches.

    For Picture Books, DS enjoys all of these... Priddy books- Colors, Words, Animals, 100 Animals, 100 Words and Baby Einstein First Words

    What Do You Say? Mandy Stanley
    This was great when younger. The pictures are too simple to hold his interest at this stage but he still loves to make the animal noises when it is read to him.

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    Picture books:

    Where Do I Sleep? by Blomgren, Jennifer
    The Snowman by Briggs, Raymond
    The Gruffalo by Donaldson, Julia
    Olivia by Falconer, Ian
    Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom? by Grambling, Lois
    Can I Have a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Dad? by Grambling, Lois
    Dinosaurs After Dark by Emmett, Jonathan
    Rain Romp by Kurtz, Jane
    The Story Tree by Lupton, Hugh
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Martin, Bill Jr.
    Make Way for Ducklings by McCloskey, Robert
    Welcome With Love by Overend, Jenni
    Dino Pets by Plourde, Lynn
    The Relatives Came by Rylant, Cynthia
    In The Night Kitchen by Sendak, Maurice
    If I Built a Car by Van Dusen, Chris
    Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Wheeler, Lisa
    A Frog in the Bog by Wilson, Karma
    Unloveable by Yaccarino, Dan
    Oswald by Yaccarino, Dan
    Deep In the Jungle by Yaccarino, Dan
    Owl Moon by Yolen, Jane
    I Am Invited to a Party by Willems, Mo
    I Can Fly by Willems, Mo
    There Is A Bird on My Head by Willems, Mo
    Knuffle Bunny by Willems, Mo
    There's a House Inside My Mommy by Andreae, Giles
    Earth to Stella by Puttock, Simon
    Punk Farm by Krosoczka, Jarrett

    We tend to like most books by certain authors, as you can probably tell: Giles Andreae, Jarrett Krosoczka, Lynn Plourde, Simon Puttock, Cynthia Rylant, Maurice Sendak, Lisa Wheeler, Karma Wilson, Mo Willems, Dan Yaccarino

    For chapter books, we've liked:

    Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    My Father's Dragon by (oops..?)
    Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
    Harry Potter (1st) by JK Rowling

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    My DD is five. She isn't into chapter books yet. We do the more complex picture books that can be read and discussed in one sitting. Here are some current favorites:

    One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale - Demi
    The Empty Pot - Demi
    The Ugly Duckling (Caldecott Honor Book) - Hans Christian Andersen
    Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth

    ETA: How could I have possibly forgotten this one:
    Amazing You!: Getting Smart About Your Private Parts

    She studied that book like it was her job!
    Last edited by Tracey; 12-09-2008 at 12:18 AM.

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    My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck

    Any of the "Bear" books like Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

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    SASM is offline Diamond level (5000+ posts)
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    Default Current Faves

    15mo DD:

    "Ten Little Ladybugs" counting book by Melanie Gerth
    "Please Baby PLease" and "Please Puppy Please" (& DD1) by Spike Lee
    "If You Were Born a Kitten" by Marion Dane Bauer
    "Time for Bed" by Mem Fox
    "The Napping House" by Don Wood

    3.5 DD & 5.5 DS:

    Any of the "Pigeon" books by Mo Willems
    Both of the "Knuffle Bunny" books by Mo Willems
    "Leonardo the Terrible Monster" by Mo Willems
    "What are you so grumpy about?" by Lichtenheld
    "Are you grumpy, Santa?" by Spiridellis (holiday book that I keep around throughout the year b/c it cheers when my kids are grumps)
    "A Swim through the Sea" (alphabet book) by Pratt-Serafini

    3.5 DD:

    "My Penguin Osbert" (Holiday book but DD really likes it)
    "Disney's Princess Collection" (basic watered down stories, and new ones, but DD loves it)
    "Pirate Girl" by Cornelia Funke
    "Alice the Fairy" by David Shannon
    I LOVE reading "Falling For Rapunzel" by Leah Wilcox
    Not a fave book yet as we haven't found one but she is obsessed with her horse calendar.

    5.5 DS:

    Anything that requires searching, like "Where's Waldo?" or "I Spy"
    Anything with Sharks or Crocodiles ( titles as we have a lot)...I'll go look later
    He doesn't read yet but likes the "Magic School Bus" series
    "Transformers: Mix and Match" (creative kid ~ keeps him amazingly quiet in the car without a DVD!)
    Last edited by SASM; 12-27-2008 at 05:50 AM.
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    1 BLUE (03) and 2 PINK (05 & 07)
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    Default favorite books

    My DD's favorites over time.


    Baby Faces Board Book (Smile, Sleep, Eat, Hugs&Kisses)
    Bear on Bike - Stella Blackstone
    Bear at Home - Stella Blackstone
    One Moose, Twenty Mice - Clare Beaton
    Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
    The Big Red Barn - Margaret Wise Brown and Felicia Bond
    B is for Bear - Roger Priddy
    What Makes a Rainbow - Betty Ann Schwartz and Dona Turner
    Pajama Time - Sandra Boynton
    Home (Usborne Look and Say) - Jo Litchfield and Francesca Allen


    Daisy the Doctor Daisy - Felicity Brooks and Jo Litchfield
    Dooby Dooby Moo - Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
    Blueberries for Sal - Robert McCloskey
    Little Hoot - Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace
    Cookies - Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jane Dyer
    Disney Book's (Little Mermaid, Nemo) - the version that comes with CD, though we don't listen to the CD
    Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever

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