Wednesday, September 13, 2006

There are lots and lots of firsts in parenthood. One of the best firsts is the first time your child hears a new story. The following are some stories that evoke looks of delight and wonder in the face of my son, Jack (age 4).

"Danny and the Dinosaur" by Syd Hoff. A delightful and timeless early reader from the 1950's, this book is a charming story of a boy who meets a dinosaur in a museum and the day they spend together. Memorable lines include "This is the most fun I've had in a hundred million years."

"Charlie Parker Played BeBop" by Chris Raschka. This was always one of my storytime favorites, and reading it one on one with a child is a total trip. My husband (who plays the drums) loves the lyrical rhythm of reading this story aloud.

"In the Night Kitchen" by Maurice Sendak. Sendak is a master at combining words with illustrations just so. This is my favorite of his stories, as well as being one of Jack's all-time favs. We both appreciate the opportunities for yelling certain lines out loud ("Quiet down there!!").

"My Father's Dragon" by Ruth Stiles Gannett. This is a super first read-aloud for young listeners. I appreciate the author's use of lollipops, hair ribbons and the quiet teaching about the importance of picking up after oneself (especially tangerine peels).

I could go on and on...(but verbose librarians can get tedious...) If you're looking for something new, also check out our Children's Room page for suggestions, or try (Esme Raji Codell's fantastic-fabulous blog... Esme is the author of "How to Get Your Child to Love Reading" and one of my favorite books for older elementary age readers - "Sahara Special.")


At 4:57 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

Ah, I love children's books. Some of my faves from my childhood are Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant and the Max books by Rosemary Wells.


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