Originally Posted by mommy212
I just don't like the books that are nothing but one word on a page... I'm sure they are all fine and good and whatnot but I just want to toss the thing when I am "reading" it! lol :) Just a pet peeve
So it's NOT just me! I can't tolerate those books at all!
We like Skippyjon jones over here, too, but most of my friends despise him. I think it's just a matter of individual tastes on that one!
The books I've pitched are mostly religious books for children -- they are positively horrific. They're either insipid and boring (the Precious Moments stuff -- ick), or they hit you over the head with a badly-written moral, or they refer to God as "He" which, for me, is a deal-breaker. (They get enough religious gender bias in our church; we don't need to reinforce it at home.)
The worst, though, are the Bible stories for children -- I'm a biblical scholar, which means EVERYONE gives our kids Bible books. Sorry, but the Bible is really NOT a children's book. How on earth do I explain resurrection to a 2 yo who doesn't understand death? Not to mention the concept of religious sacrifice (which is hard enough for adults to understand; let's not burden kids with it). My son's name is Isaac, so my MIL gave us a baby board book telling "The Story of Isaac." Really, I'm going to read my infant a story about God commanding a father to slaughter his own son? Come on, there's plenty of time for him to wrestle with the weirdness and difficult theology of that story -- we don't have to start when he's a baby! It's just... weird. Oh, and don't get me started on the children's picture book that celebrates the way that the 10 plagues devastate the Egyptians. "Hooray, hooray, all the firstborn babies are dead!" Seriously?!?!
So, yeah, mostly we throw away the religious stuff. Which is a shame, because I'd love to have some good religious books around for them -- we've just found precious few. (In God's Name, by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, is fantastic.)
I'd like to pitch the Dora books on principle (the Dora marketing is SO insidious), but they're actually kind of cool in a lot of ways, like gender (Dora's mami is an archaeologist, and her friend's mom is a firefighter) and the adventures are kind of exciting for DD. Though the theme of the kids' over-reliance on technology makes me cringe a little. At least the books aren't as annoying as the TV program -- we made the mistake of turning it on. Once. 10 minutes later, it went back in the "return to the library" pile. Eugh, it was awful!