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I thought it would be nice to do a thread of books we love, since we all know what books are hated. We have a basic library of books inour home. Dr. Suess, Golden Books, classic Disney, pop up books and some children's classics.<br>
I'd like to expand his library as he's getting older now. It would be helpful if we all shared the books we love.<br><br>
For me, I LOVE Where the Sidewalk Ends. The poems are so silly, and I get real animated when I read them to my son. He laughs at me, and we talk about the silly things the characters do in the poems. His favorite poem is "Hug o' War".<br><br>
I also love most of the Dr. Suess books, because I love the rhyming and the tounge twisters...Kai really enjoys the illustrations.<br><br>
Ugly Fish is one of my favorites too. The illustrations are great! It's one of those books with a good lesson about bullying, and how not to treat others.
 

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I loved, love, loved the following books when I was growing up. I had tons of books as a kid but these are the ones I have kept with me always.<br><br><i>Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day</i> by Judith Viorst<br><br><i>Velveteen Rabbit</i> by Margery Williams<br><br><i>Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh</i> by A. A. Milne<br><br><i>The Snuggle Bunny</i> by Nancy Jewell<br><br>
all the Beatrix Potter books<br><br><i>Charlottes Web</i> & <i>Trumpet of the Swan</i> by E. B. White<br><br><i>Bridge to Terabithia</i> by Katherine Paterson<br><br>
All of the <i>Little House</i> books by Laura Ingalls Wilder<br><br>
All of the <i>Narnina</i>books by C. S. Lewis<br><br><i>A Wrinkle in Time</i> by Madeleine L'Engle<br><br><i>Where the Red Fern Grows</i> by Wilson Rawls<br><br><i>The Little Prince</i> by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
 

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Most of my favorites are on the above list.<br><br>
I will add:<br><br>
The Secret Garden<br>
The 5 Little Peppers and How They Grew<br>
The Phantom Toll Booth<br>
Island of The Blue Dolphins<br>
The Monster at the End of the Book<br>
Stuart Little<br>
Anything by Roald Dahl<br><br>
ETA: The Wind in The Willows<br>
The Paperbag Princess<br>
The Princess Knight
 

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For younger kids:<br>
Little Bear<br>
Frog and Toad<br>
The Tub Child<br>
The Seven Silly Eaters<br>
The Pond Year<br><br>
For older kids:<br>
Books by Lloyd Alexander (Prydian chronicles, the Cat who Wished to be a Man, the Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian, etc)<br>
Narnia<br>
Island if the Blue Dolphin (just bought that at a thrift store for my niece)<br>
Books by Marguerite d'Angeli (these are old, about kids in early America)
 

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DS and I are in love with "Joseph had a Little Overcoat" by Simms Taback. I love that it teaches reusing/recycling and the last line "You can always make something out of nothing" rings of optimism to me! I love it!<br><br>
We're also crazy about Frog and Toad!<br><br>
I love this idea of a loved books list. I'm always on the lookout for books that teach positive values without being heavyhanded!
 

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These are skewed toward the younger set, since my oldest is only three:<br><br>
Polka Bats and Octopus Slacks (fun, silly poems)<br>
Hammer Soup<br>
I Stink! (about a garbage truck)<br>
Daisy the Doctor<br>
Frank the Firefighter<br>
Fred the Farmer<br>
Sam the Chef (these are all part of an Usbone series; I love the fimo clay people and the tiny props!)<br>
Caps for Sale<br>
Sophie's Masterpiece (makes me cry!)<br><br>
ETA: Annie Rose Is My Little Sister (also makes me cry since I have a big brother/little sister)<br><br><br>
I'll be stalking this list!<br>
-Erin
 

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I posted this before on a different thread, but <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%2FBig-Orange-Splot-Manus-Pinkwater%2Fdp%2F0590445103%2Fsr%3D8-1%2Fqid%3D1170955207%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%2F102-3550873-2655341%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Big Orange Splot</span></a> is our favorite kids book ever!<br><br>
We also like:<br>
Grandfather Twilight (so mellow and the pics are beautiful)<br>
A Fairy Went a Marketing (another book with gorgeous illustrations)<br>
The Okomi books (Okomi and the tickling game is ds favorite in the series)<br>
we also love many of the books put out by Barefoot books, many of them are beautifully illustrated (ds current favorite of these is The Elves and the Shoemaker)
 

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Leah's Pony by Elizabeth Feidrich<br><br>
This is a story set in the Depression era about a girl whose father buys her a pony one year when the corn grew tall. One year the corn didn't grow and all the family's things were to be auctioned off to pay back the bank loan. Her father wouldn't be able to farm again if his tractor was sold. The girl sold her pony and bid one dollar on the tractor. When the others saw her bid on the tractor, they all supported her by not bidding on it themselves. Then they bought back other things for the family. The store owner who bought her pony gave it back to her.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Leah's Pony by Elizabeth Feidrich<br><br>
This is a story set in the Depression era about a girl whose father buys her a pony one year when the corn grew tall. One year the corn didn't grow and all the family's things were to be auctioned off to pay back the bank loan. Her father wouldn't be able to farm again if his tractor was sold. The girl sold her pony and bid one dollar on the tractor. When the others saw her bid on the tractor, they all supported her by not bidding on it themselves. Then they bought back other things for the family. The store owner who bought her pony gave it back to her.</div>
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Sounds like a really great story! And so much better re: sacrifice for someone you love than The Giving Tree. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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For younger kids (all newer books--I think everyone knows the "classics"):<br>
Knuffle Bunny<br>
A Teeny Tiny Baby<br>
Good Boy, Fergus!<br>
Wild About Books<br>
Hush! A Thai Lullaby<br>
Piglet and Mama
 

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Llama, Lllama Red Pajama<br>
Is Your Mama a Llama<br>
Jamberry and other Bruce Deegan books<br>
Miss Mary Mack (and some other song books...Yankee<br>
Doodle is pretty fun too)<br>
folk tales (3 Bears, 3 Billy Goats Gruff, The Mitten;<br>
I really like the Galdone ones usually)<br>
Margaret Wise Brown books (Little Fur Family, Runaway<br>
Bunny, Goodnight Moon, etc)<br>
Dr. Seuss books<br><br>
Bible stories are insanely popular here. I like the<br>
Rhyme Bible for Toddlers, but we also started The<br>
Beginner's Bible around that age for my older dd.<br><br>
No, David books<br>
Where the Wild Things Are<br>
Blueberries for Sal; Make Way for Ducklings by<br>
McClosky<br>
Play with Me by Etts (old book but goodie)<br>
Simms Tabak books - Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, This<br>
Is the House thatJack Built<br><br>
Were Going on a Bear Hunt - Oxenbury<br>
Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile<br>
One Duck Stuck (a counting book)<br>
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom<br>
The Snowy Day and other Ezra Jack Keats books<br>
Frog and Toad got popular around that age at our house<br>
Molly Bang books - When Sophie Gets Angry; Yellow Ball<br>
Jonathan London books - Wiggle Waggle, Crunch Munch,<br>
Froggy books<br>
Karen Beaumont books - Baby Danced the Polka is quite<br>
popular here<br>
Audrey Wood books - The Napping House, Silly Sally,<br>
King Bigood's in the Bathtub, etc<br>
The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash<br>
Katie Davis books - Who Hops and Who Hoots?<br>
Barbara Berger books - A Lot of Otters, Grandfather<br>
Twilight<br>
Cock-a-Moo-Moo<br>
Thatcher Hurd books (son of the guy who illustrated<br>
Goodnight Moon) - Cat's Pajamas, Zoom City<br>
Marjorie Flack books (very old but very popular here)<br>
- Angus and the Cat, Angus and the Ducks, Angus Gets<br>
Lost, etc<br>
Richard Scarry books<br>
My Puppy - Patsy Scarry<br>
Caps for Sale<br>
Christopher Wormell books - Alphabet of Animals, A<br>
Number of Animals<br>
Millions of Cats<br>
McDermott trickster tales<br>
Marjorie Flack - In the Small Small Pond and others<br>
Edward Lear books - A Was Once an Apple Pie, Owl and<br>
the Pussycat<br>
The Best Nest<br>
Go Dog Go<br>
Little Bear books<br>
I Kissed the Baby and other Mary Murphy books<br>
Hoban books - Whose Hat, etc<br>
Courduroy<br>
Danny and the Dinosaur<br>
Eric Carle - Brown Bear, What Do you See; The Very<br>
Hungry Caterpillar<br>
we love the Animal Baby magazine from the Your Big<br>
Back Yard people<br>
Cock a Doodle Doo, Barnyard Hullaballoo<br>
Belly Button Boy<br>
Maisy books by Lucy Cousins
 

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My very top favorites (for babies-preschoolers) are:<br><br>
The Velveteen Rabbit<br>
My Many-Colored Days by Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle<br>
Goodnight Moon and The Big Red Barn<br>
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie<br>
Ride A Purple Pelican by Jack Prelutsky (my very dear ex-boss searched the world over to find this out-of-print book for me, since it was his kids' favorite. So grateful he did, because it's great.)
 

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Subbing 'cause I did a search on 'Terabithia' because I wanted to see what everyone was saying about the film. Anyway, I am interested in this thread anyway and it's fun remembering all these great books.<br><br>
Don't know if one of Patterson's other books has been listed: <i>The Great Gilly Hopkins</i>, but that's also on my faves list.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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DS is 3y9m and loves:<br><br>
Goodnight, Moon<br>
The Runaway Bunny<br>
The Very Hungry Caterpillar<br>
Where the Wild Things Are<br>
Hallowe'en Bugs (pop-up book)<br>
Everything by Todd Parr (esp. The Feelings Book & The Okay Book)<br>
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie<br>
Guess How Much I Love You (my favorite!)<br><br>
I won't include my own list because it would go on for days! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Leah's Pony by Elizabeth Feidrich<br><br>
This is a story set in the Depression era about a girl whose father buys her a pony one year when the corn grew tall. One year the corn didn't grow and all the family's things were to be auctioned off to pay back the bank loan. Her father wouldn't be able to farm again if his tractor was sold. The girl sold her pony and bid one dollar on the tractor. When the others saw her bid on the tractor, they all supported her by not bidding on it themselves. Then they bought back other things for the family. The store owner who bought her pony gave it back to her.</div>
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OMG...I'm choked up just reading that. I'm going to put that on my list....what a sweet story!
 

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I'll post my list asap
 

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<i>Little Fur Family</i> - Margaret Wise Brown<br><i>It's Snowing!</i> - Olivier Dunrea<br><i>Half a Moon and One Whole Star</i> - Crescent Dragonwagon<br><i>Funnybones</i> - Janet and Allan Ahlberg<br><i>Jack in the Bush</i> - Barbara Giles<br><i>The Table Where Rich People Sit</i> - Byrd Baylor<br><i>The Maggie B.</i> - Irene Haas<br><i>A Pocketful of Cricket</i> - Rebecca Caudill<br><i>The Monster in the Cave</i> and <i>Up the Wall</i>- Nicholas Heller<br><i>First Tomato</i> and <i>Island Light</i> - Rosemary Wells<br><i>My Farm</i> - Alison Lester<br>
Beatrix Potter books<br>
Anything by Russell Hoban<br><i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> and <i>The House at Pooh Corner</i> - A. A. Milne<br><i>The Jungle Book</i> - Rudyard Kipling<br><i>The Secret Garden</i> and <i>A Little Princess</i> - Frances Hodgson Burnett
 

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We're all crazy for Rosemary Wells, with very favorites being Yoko and Yoko's Paper Cranes, which will make me cry on the right day.<br>
We also love all of Arnold Lobel's easy readers--Frog and Toad, Owl at Home, Mouse Soup, Uncle Elephant...<br>
George and Martha are big favorites of mine, although DD doesn't necessarily completely get them yet.<br>
Owl Moon is one of my favorites--hypnotic, with beautiful pictures.<br>
The Snowy Day.<br>
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes (very old book with a surprisingly feminist twist)<br>
The "I Am a Little ...." series of books about animals, by Francois Truffaut, I think?<br>
I actually love Richard Scarry, but it has to be the "real", old-school Scarry.<br>
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DD, DH, and I ALL love these. Huge favorites!
 
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