Do your kids or grandkids love it when you read to them? Our kids always did, and now we have the joy of reading to our grandkids. (Remember that picture a few weeks ago of me reading to Ryan and Avery from a seed catalog ? 🙂 Here's a picture I've posted before — me reading to our children when all three could still fit on my lap.
In this post I will share some of our all-time favorites, several recent books we've discovered, and for those who mostly just want the humor, a short list of children's books that never saw the light of day.
I'll start off with a couple books that we have loved for decades.
We all loved Harry the Dirty Dog, the story of a white dog with black spots. He hated baths and got so dirty that he became a black dog with white spots. I won't tell you the rest of the story in case you want to read it yourself. There are several other books in that series — Harry and the Lady Next Door, Harry by the Sea, and No Roses for Harry.
Another favorite in our house is Never Tease a Weasel.
A much-read, much-loved, lesser-known book is A House is a House for Me. It's a little hard for tiny children to listen to, but elementary aged children like the rhyme and the pictures.
One of my personal favorites that our kids loved and our grandkids love is The Boy with a Drum. The poem in it is pleasant and soothing for its repetition. Here's a picture of our well-worn copy.
Notice the price of 89¢. The book is out of print, but you can find your own well-worn (pre-read?) copy on Amazon for about $16.
A newer book that our grandchildren love is Llama Llama Red Pajama. There are other books in that series too that are just as beloved by young children.
Our granddaughter Avery is especially fond of Over in the Meadow. It features a poem to help children learn to count.
My wife Becka heard about a book that children enjoy hearing read, especially by their dads. It's called The Book with No Pictures.
I got Becka a book for Christmas, and believe it or not, she had not heard of it! It's a fun book called Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book. I think it might actually be more enjoyable for adults who are familiar with lots of Golden Books.
I'll end this post with the names of a few children's books that didn't make it and that you'll never see in print.
DISCLAIMER: I've deleted the worst of them from the list, but still, don't read these if you know you are easily offended.
The Boy Who Died from Eating All His Vegetables
Clifford (the Big Red Dog) is Put Down
You Are Different and That's Bad
Curious George and the High-Voltage Fence
How to Become The Dominant Military Power In Your Elementary School
Mickey Mouse Meets the Taxidermist
Getting More Chocolate on Your Face
Whining, Kicking, and Crying to Get Your Own Way
Your Nightmares are Real
And one last one that I laugh at a little nervously....
Grandpa Gets a Casket
If you want to recommend your favorite children's book in the comments, I look forward to seeing what my readers' kids and grandkids like. I will probably comment very little myself since I've already told our favorites. I left out many good books, I know, and just told the ones we love best. I figure I will learn the names of many books that we did not even know existed. Those who read this post early on after it's published might want to check back to see what other readers have posted.
"Don't waste your life sinning to fight sin." — Drew Conley
Kids who love reading live happily ever after.