Thursday, October 14, 2010

"and... he was a beautiful butterfly!"

There are few things more beautiful to me than hearing a mother read to her child. I had that privilege quite often when I lived with Lia and Eden, and now have it again with Pegah and Henry. It is precious.

Books that were read to me as a child:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Carle
  • There is a Monster at the End of This Book, Stone, Smallin
  • Goodnight Moon, Wise Brown
  • Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak
  • Pierre: A cautionary tale in five chapters and a prologue, Sendak
  • Chicken Soup With Rice: a book of months, Sendak
  • Mrs. Wishy Washy, Cowley, Fuller
  • Amelia Bedelia books, Parish
  • The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, DePaola
  • The Polar Express, Van Allsburg
  • I Love You Forever, Munsch, McGraw
  • Green Eggs and Ham, Seuss
  • The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Seuss
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Joffe Numeroff, Bond
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Barrett, Barrett
  • Miss Nelson is Missing, Allard, Marshall
  • Paddington Bear, Bond
  • More.

Books that I want to read to my children (in addition to the ones read to me):

  • The Little Prince, Saint Exupery
  • How Hungry Are you?, Napoli
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon, Johnson
  • Hope For the Flowers, Paulus
  • You Are Special, Lucado
  • The Three Questions, Muth
  • Love That Dog, Creech.
  • I Like You, Chwast
  • Dear World, Noda.
  • Click Clack Moo, Cronin
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Willems
  • Fancy Nancy books, O'Connor, Preiss Glasser
  • Flotsam,Wiesner
  • Winnie The Pooh, Milne
  • House at Pooh Corner, Milne
  • Spoon, Krouse Rosenthal, Magoon
  • Alice the Fairy, Shannon
  • More.

What books am I missing?


Lia said...

My favorite was Miss Suzy by Miriam Young. I think for awhile I was asking for that every night.

It was hard to find for awhile, but it's been reissued!

Cumorah said...

I know and love almost all of the ones you've listed...but of course, there are so many more I {and my kids} love, like: The Large & Growly Bear, Giraffe & a Half, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Goodnight Moon, The Big Red Barn, anything by Sandra Boynton - but Let's Dance Little Pookie is my fave, Only in Dreams, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Costume Party (by Chess), The Pout Pout Fish...I'm sure I'll think of more and have to leave you lots of comments. But that's it for tonight. Goodnight sister.

kaci + tom said...

these lists make me so happy.

Rachel. said...

Thanks Lia!

Thanks Cumo!

Ci, YOU make me happy!

Ashley A. said...

Thank you for this! I am going to request all of the ones I haven't read from the library immediately.

I love William Steig, the Berenstain Bears, and Mercer Mayer.

chris said...

Little Hoot, it's about an owl who has to stay up late to become wise. Like every good two-year old, he rebels and tries to go to bed early. Happy Hocky Family is pretty good.

Rachel. said...

Ashley! You won't regret it. And I am already excited just thinking of Elizabeth and Natalie and little Nathan getting to hear such great treasures. You are an amazing mother. I will tell you too that out of ones you may not yet be familiar with, How Hungry Are You?, The Three Questions, and Spoon may be my favorites. The first one is so funny. I couldn't stop laughing. I couldn't stop reading it again and again. And The Three Questions is so thoughtful and sweet.

Chris, I cannot wait to read Little Hoot. With such a description, I have a sneaking suspicion it may become a new favorite. And one of my goals before I come to DC is make you a book list, in exchange for the one you so graciously made me that many years ago now.

Rachel. said...

Chris, I will add now too, that you (and Eli) need to read The Three Questions, if you haven't already. And probably other books by that author/illustrator. They are philosophy.

meg said...

I also read a book called "Are you my Mother" when I was little. I want us to write books.

Rachel. said...

Meggie, I like that idea. A lot a lot alot.

Jacob said...

I love this list. I think its my favourite list that you have done so far. :)

steenblikrs said...

This is one of my favorite list on your entire blog.