Thursday, August 23, 2007

Book List for my 5ish Children

Jacque over at Seeking Rest for Ancient Paths posted about books that are favorites for their children who are 5ish. I have 3 that I consider to be in that age group and having just finished our library Summer reading program have added several new authors and books to our favorites list. Here are some of our new favorites:

Lynnly Dodd books:
Slinky Malinky
Slinky Malinky Opens the Door
Schnitzel Von Krumms Basketwork
Hairy Maclairy Sit
Hairy Maclairy's Bone
Hairy Maclairy's Scattercat
Sniff Snuff Snap

Scarfact Claw

Obadiah the Bold by Brinton Turkle and other Obadiah books.

One of my recent discoveries are children's books that were written back in the late 30's and 40's by Marguerite de Angeli (She won the Newberry Award for The Door in the Wall). The most of the books take place in Southeastern, PA so I am familiar with the territory of which she writes. While I havent read all of the books we have to my children, we have read Yonie Wondernose which my children loved. I have also enjoyed reading to myself Skippback School, Henner's Lydia, Thee, Hannah and Elin's Amerika.

There are of course some which are classics such as: Curious George books by H. A. Rey, Madeline books by Ludwig Bemelmans, Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant.....we also enjoyed "When I was Young in the Mountains" by the same author. Ask Mr. Bear, The Story of Ping and Angus and the Ducks by Marjorie Flack. Fox on the Job, Fox in love, Fox on Wheels and other Fox books and the George & Martha books by James Marshall, The House on East 88th Street and other Lyle, Lyle Crocodile books by Bernard Waber, Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell, Beatrix Potter books, Frog & Toad and other Arnold Lobel Books, just to name a few.

My boys loved books about Johnny Appleseed, one by Steve Kellogg being a favorite.

Virginia Lee Burton is another favorite author of Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel, Katy & the Big Snow, The Little House, Mabel the Cabel Car, and Choo Choo"

And what is a walk in the woods on a snowy night without Owl Moon by Jane Yolen . She also has some cute dinosaur books out such as How do Dinosaurs Clean Their Room which my dinosaur loving boys love.

Patricia Polacco's books can be thought provoking and education. Some of our favorite's are: The Butterfly (a great way of introducing your child to WWII) Just Plain Fancy (what happens when a peacock egg lands in an Amish barnyard) The Keeping Quilt (shows changes in tradition as a quilt is passed from one generation to the next) Rechenka's Eggs (the beauty of Egg decorating) The Bee Tree

f you want to add a little art appreciation into your read aloud time, check out the Katie books by James Mayhew....we have enjoyed Katie and the Mona Lisa and Katie and the Impressionists there are several more in this series. Even my boys enjoyed sitting for these books.

For those who enjoy slaying the dragon from the safety of their home or perhaps making him into a pet check out:

St. George & the Dragon by Margaret Hodges
The Knight Who Took All Day by James Mayhew
The Reluctant Dragon by Robert Lawton
Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash and other Custard books.

For my horse lover, the discovery of C. W. Anderson's Billy & Blaze books was a treasure find. So was The Mare on the Hill by Thomas Locker. His books have beautiful pictures, each picture is beautiful enough to frame and hang on the wall.

Oh and can I forget Tikki Tikki Tembo or The Five Chinese Brothers?

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