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so I just read thru the thread of books that make us groan and I can really relate. So what books DO you like? I am off to the library tomorrow and we could use some good new ones around here.<br><br>
One I love is called The Whole Green World by Tony Johnston. It is beautifully illustrated and I like the story. The rhyming might bug some people, though. I like that the girl is having fun in nature enjoying everyday things like sticks and seeds and birds....reminds me of dd spending loads of time digging in the garden mud with her hands and sticks. Hope someone else will enjoy this book too.
 

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Pretty much anything by Phoebe Gilman. Both my children love the Jillian Jiggs books that she does and I also love "Something from Nothing" with its parallel story within a story with the family of mice at the bottom of the pages.<br><br>
My Truck is Stuck by Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk...this was a library book and it caught my DS attention so much he had it memorized cold in about a week at 2 1/2<br><br>
Night Cars by Teddy Jam and Eric Beddows...lovely illustrations and I just love the flow of the story which is poetic but not "rhymie"<br><br>
When Sophie gets Angry, Really Really Angry by Sophie Bang...this was such a helpful book when DS was going through the temper tantrum stage. It gave us a way to talk about how angry he got and how we could help him work through it but even beyond that its just a great story!<br><br>
There are so many other books that I love but these are a good starting point <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Some of our favorites:<br><br>
What Baby Needs - Christie Watts Kelly, Martha Sears & William Sears<br><br>
Wishes For You - Tobi Tobias<br><br>
I Love You As Much - Laura Krauss Melmed<br><br>
A Potty For Me! - Karen Katz<br><br>
Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
 

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King Bidgood's in the Bathtub is one that cracks me up. I think it's Audry and Don Wood. It's about a king whose kingdom is falling apart because he's won't come out of the bathtub.<br><br>
Oh, and I really like the AA Milne classic pooh stories.
 

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Sleepy Bears ( co sleeping bear family )<br>
Dot ( the best kids book- i love it)<br>
Breastmilk Makes my Tummy Yummy ( about boobies and milky!! )<br>
Dr Suess ( most of them )<br>
Kittens First Full Moon
 

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I love Guess How Much I Love You, which my doula gave us when DS was a month old, on her return visit.<br><br>
Along with Mr. Brown Can Moo, which is unintentionally lost.<br><br>
Always have loved Green Eggs and Ham but DS doesn't own it because I can't find it in a board book. Though he is a good 'reader' and now I think could handle a regular copy.<br><br>
I am going to get him all the classics, 3 Bears, 3 Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Little Red Hen...because you just NEED them. (and I was informed yesterday, it's a question on kindergarten testing to see if they are ready, by looking at the cover from 3 pigs, 3 bears, and LRH, can they tell you what book it probably is?)<br><br>
I bought Sandra Boynton's Belly Button Book and will buy more--it's just fun! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> (and we have made up a tune to the 'belly button song' and sing it when we get to that page and when I 'find' DS's belly button <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)<br><br>
Going On a Bear Hunt is so much fun I read it with my preschoolers too and we did a bear hunt game. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> (DS Loves "IT"S A BEAR!! RUN!!!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin<br><br>
Mirabelle by Astrid Lindgren<br><br>
Anything by Sandra Boynton - current favorites are Hippos go Beserk and the Going to Bed Book<br><br>
Olivia by Astrid Lindgren
 

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I love the "Going to Bed Book" (I think that is what it is called) where all of the animals get ready for bed then go up on deck of the ship to exercise. Cracks me up every time.
 

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Mama Coltrane - Have you read <span style="text-decoration:underline;">ish</span> I liked it even more then dot!<br><br>
Some of our current favorites<br>
Farmer Will<br>
any Max and Ruby<br>
Peedie (and all the others)<br>
Time for Bed
 

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<b>Particularly for illustrations:</b> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">I Went Walking</span> (Julie Vivas rocks!) and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Goodnight <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Moon</span></span>. Have you ever noticed that the room in Goodnight Moon is portrayed from subtly different angles that change the focus? All the pictures are different iterations of the first.
 

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Zen Shorts-a bit long but my dd and ds love it.<br><br>
Goodnight Gorilla!<br><br>
All Sandra Boyton<br><br>
The Napping House and Silly Sally
 

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Lately we are all about My Monster Mama<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2F0060088605%2Fsr%3D8-1%2Fqid%3D1142520915%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_1%2F102-5224826-5308137%3F_encoding%3DUTF8" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/006...Fencoding=UTF8</a>
 

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I am definitely the odd man out here, but I love The Giving Tree. I guess I get out of it something different than everyone else, the quiet love you give someone and their final recognition and response to it, even if it takes a lifetime. It is soothing in a way, I had it memorized as a child.<br><br>
We also love Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb. It doesn't bother us at all that they are illustrated as apes, not monkeys. Ds loves the rhythm and the drumming and I find it is perfectly written to feel like you hear the drums. (Plus it calms down at the end)<br><br>
Anyone read Walter the Farting Dog? My MIL gave it to us one year and we can never read it without laughing (so it is not a bedtime book)<br><br>
Ds loves Robots Everywhere and Sammy and the Robots.<br><br>
There is a book called Dawn that we got from the library that is wonderful but the kids get bored, I think.<br><br>
Boy, You're Amazing! It's a great book if you have sons.<br><br>
Do YOU Have a Hat? Is also great, my kids love hats.<br><br>
Tub Toys<br><br>
We read Where the Wild Things Are but it is kind of scary for ds. The illustrations creep him out. (Plus I don't like that the mom sends him to bed without supper, even if she gives it to him in the end. Or the mean way he talks to the monsters).
 

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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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chicka chicka boom boom is ds's current fav and I love it too. It's perfect because he just learned the alphabet song and we can use the book to give him a concrete idea of what an A looks like. It's rhym-y, but I just love it too. It's so much fun to read!<br><br>
Sandra Boynton books - Snuggle Puppy is the current fav, we've made up a song to go along with the words and it's just a fun book too. Esp since ds love puppies!
 

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HUG!<br><br>
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb<br><br>
Dear Children of Earth: A Letter from Home (kind of long, hard to understand for a young child, more for a 5/6 year old. But the pictures are beautiful and the message is GREAT!)<br><br>
Any of the If you give a mouse a cookie/moose a milkshake/etc LOVE those
 

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Here are our current favorites:<br>
-Knuffle Bunny<br>
-Mickey in the Night Kitchen<br>
-Little Pea<br>
-Chugga Chugga Choo Choo
 
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