Monday, August 17, 2009

Title chatter

Jamie recently recommended this kids' book. I'd heard of it, but never picked it up before. Since our sons are the same age, I thought Nathan would probably enjoy it as well, which was the case. And I liked it, too!

Up until this point, we've really only checked out board books from the library, and though there is a wide selection, we've pretty much exhausted the ones he's interested in--most of which have the words "trucks" or "tractors" in the title!

Last week I went to the library by myself (woo-hoo!) and decided to pick out a few different books for Nathan. Our library has such an amazing collection of kids' books that I didn't know where to start, so I thought I'd ask you dear readers for your suggestions. (As an age guideline, Nathan turns 3 in December, and when it comes to wordiness, less is more! By the way, the book doesn't have to be about vehicles!) Thanks for your help--I look forward to your recommendations!

(Hey, does anyone get my post title today--a take off on "idle chatter"? I confess I thought it was rather clever. Seriously, sometimes I think way too long trying to come up with a play-on-words, though of course some results are better than others! Ah, English majors!)


erin said...

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs is my all-time favorite kid's book - it may be slightly wordy for Nathan, but I think he would love the illustrations and the far-fetched story (the movie version of this book comes out later this year).

angie said...

Our kids love/loved to be read to. For my son, who was late developing speech, it was an avenue to constantly exposing him to language. My husband still quotes lines from some of my son's favorite books, who is now 10! Around the time he was Nathan's age, I made a list of our favorite books and how they could be made into teaching tools to share with his Early Intervention therapists. If I can find that list, I will share with you. In the meantime, a few I can remember are:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle (and any title of his)
The very Hungry Caterpillar
That Old Brown Hat
Mama Loves by Molly Goode
The Foot Book
The Little Red Hen
Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel
There's a Wocket in my Pocket by Seuss

As a fellow English major, I can relate to the word play that goes on in your head before the title gets typed on the blog post!

Wendi said...

The Very Hungry Catapillar
Cordory (especially the original)
Are You My Mother?
I Will Never Not Ever Eat A Tomato

Those are a few of our favorites at the moment. The plan is to do lots of reading and activities to go along with the books this fall/winter. I will be posting some of the things we are doing.

I am always on the look out for fun books. Let me know if you find any favorites.

Mom2fur said...

I read this to my kids, too!
Have you ever read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar?"
My favorite little kids' book of all time "Make Way for Ducklings." It was also the first book I ever checked out of a library. I was probably 6.

thehomespunheart said...

Are you ready to have Honey for a Child's Heart back? It is divided by age and lists LOTS of book suggestions!

I'm constantly struggling with what to pick out for our girls. I thought about posting this, but then get discouraged knowing our library would have well less than half of what was suggested. They have less than half of the books (WAY less so far) of the books suggested in Honey for a Child's Heart. It is very disheartening.

We love anything Eric Carle, have you tried Dr. Seuss, Goodnight Moon, My Blue Boat, If you give a mouse a cookie..., Richard Scary (The Animals of Farmer Jones is our fave) - those are the ones that come to mind quickly.


Jamie - Family Focused Fun said...

I'm so glad you both liked it! It makes all the difference to me if I like the books too. :-)
We also love Blueberries for Sal (my favorite I think!), Cordory, One Morning in Maine (may be too wordy at this point but Luke still likes it.)
Also Dr.Seuss is popular at our house as well as Curious George books right now. There is a cute book called Pretzel by the same author as Curious George that is a fun read.

Jamie - Family Focused Fun said...

Thought of another one to try - Two Little Trains by Margaret Wise Brown. We just found this one at the library last week and Luke is really enjoying it.

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

My oldest niece LOVED I Want To Be An Astronaut by Byron Barton when she was 3. It has really nice, colorful illustrations and understandable text.

Nicol said...

I believe that we are on Goodreads together. I have been putting all the books that I read with Livy on there. Check it out and hopefully you find some good ones. (Livy turns 3 in March, so they are about the same age.)

Mary said...

Shiver Me Letters!

Leanne said...

I don't know if you can do this or not, but I'm able to contact the children's librarian, and give her a topic we are interested in (dinosaurs, the beach, bugs, etc) and she can pull all the titles of age appropriate books for you. I'm also able to hold books through the internet for pick up! That's a huge help, because there is nothing more "interesting" than taking THREE boys, 4 and under, to the library!

~Sara said...

We LOVE this book at our house!

Maggie said...


Books with humor and emotion are wonderful. My kids still quote lines from books we read together!

I Know a Lady
Runaway Bunny
Love You Forever
Goodnight Moon (it glows in the dark,not many people know this)
Miss Rumphius (sp?)

and tons more! Watch Reading Rainbow on PBS!

mama2B said...

Robert McClosky is great; "Make Way for Ducklings" "Time of Wonder" "Lentil" "Blueberries for Sal"
"The Giving Tree"
anything Dr Seuss
I-spy books (my 3 year old is better than I am at finding things!)
"The Little Engine That Could"
"The Little House"
Any of the "Curious George" stories

Don't be afraid of books for him that have several sentences per page. A 3 year old should be able to sit through a story longer than those in board books.

The website www.simplekids has a spotlight each week on some really great books.

...they call me mommy... said...

Our latest favorite family book is Seven Silly Eaters!!! It is in rhyme form and may be a bit wordy for a 3 year old, but it's funny and has GREAT illustrations! :)

Stopped over from Monica's blog! Hope your day is blessed! :)