Monday, August 22, 2011

Book Blog Swap!

Greetings, and happy Monday, readers!  A couple of weeks ago, I was shopping for books for my oldest nephew's birthday.  My blog-friend-turned-real-life-friend Nora and I started exchanging messages about our childhood favorites.  The result of that conversation was this new blog swap series - Book Worms Recommend!  Nora loves books just as much as do so we thought it would be fun to swap blogs monthly and share some of our favorites.
 

This month we are kicking it off with recommendations for children ages 2-6.  Since Nora is a bonus mom to 2 adorable girls, she will focus on books for girls.  Since I am a proud aunt to 5 boys, I will be focus on books for boys!  Curious to see what I recommended?  Hop over to Nora's blog!!

Without further adieu, here are Nora's recommendations!

* Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt. Perfect for toddlers who are into opening books and getting a feel for what a book is, Pat the Bunny is one of the best books for this age group. It works on the various senses (touch, sight, smell) and is just really adorable. This is one of those books I buy for every single one of my friends when they are having a baby, even if it's sit on a shelf for two years, it's a classic and should be in every child's early library collection. (Ideal age: Toddler!)

* The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. Maybe this is a favorite of mine because it was the very first book I read all to myself. Or maybe it's just because it's kind of a sweet story about bunny mother and her child. It's ideal for children who are learning how to read or are just reading themselves; the pictures are gorgeous and captivating, the story is simple and as far as I'm concerned, it's an undisputed classic. (Nora's Ideal Age: 2-4 yrs)

* Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. I know, I know. This is a really old book and it talks about kids drawing on walls but the book is still one of my favorites. The girls absolutely love it when we read it to them (and it does come with a warning about drawing on the walls after we're done). I think what I love most about this is that it encourages the imagination, something that as an adult I know I struggle with. It's a reminder to have fun with the simple things in life, to be creative, to dream and to imagine. (Nora's Ideal Age: 2-4 yrs)

* The Classic Characters of Golden Books, Various Authors. Remember Golden Books? I had piles and piles of them some of them including the traditional characters (Scuffy the Tugboat, anyone?) and then some Disney and Mickey Mouse books too. I am a huge fan of traditional and classic books for kids like this. There's nothing wrong with Dora, Phineas and Ferb, even the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse books that are everywhere for kids, but there is something about old-school classics like this. It opens them up to a world before cartoons and DVDs, teaches them basic lessons, and allows you to share a piece of your childhood with them too. They still make Golden Books which I just adore because they were and are some of my favorite books for children, boy or girl. (Nora's Ideal age: 3-5 yrs)

* Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Perhaps a little bit overdone with the most recent movie (which I thought was terrifying and sometimes the book can be too), this book is still a classic. The illustrations. The idea of a magical land that you can escape to in your dreams. Jolie (and Belle, too) both love this book. They insist on it being read once a week which proves that Sendak knew his audience. I suppose this is another classic that one can't help but buy for their little girls. (Nora's Ideal age: 3-5 yrs)

* Fancy Nancy books, by Jane O'Connor. While these books didn't exist when I was growing up, I'm a huge fan of Fancy Nancy, specifically her "I Can Read," series. You can't go wrong with a character who likes to bake cupcakes, participates in Earth Day, takes ballet, has tea parties and goes to museums, can you? She's a wholesome character, always wearing little girl dresses and shoes, learning right from wrong, and of course there's a lesson or moral to each and every story. (Nora's Ideal age: 4-6 yrs)

* The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter. (And of course all the other Potter books.) Growing up I had the Potter series and loved them. Couldn't get enough of them even if some of the characters are a little bit on the scary side (ahem, Mr. McGreggor). I loved the ideas of animals having families, adventures, lives and of course, learning lessons, sometimes the hard way. Jolie has started to enjoy these books more and more and I'm happy to share the stories and tales of Beatrix Potter with her. (Nora's Ideal age: 4-6 yrs)

* Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird. A cute mouse who loves to dance? WIN. Yes, this was another book I read and loved as a child that has fortunately survived over the years (of course there are more books, a tv show, figurines and etc. but I'm glad she's done so well for herself). I confess I don't remember all the details of this book but I love that she's still around, she's still an adorable little mouse who loves to dance and she's a great character for little girls to read. (Nora's Ideal age: 4-6 yrs)

* Thumbelina, by Hans Christian Andersen. I remember for years of my life my mom read this book to me; I'm on a hunt to find it for Jolie one of these days. The idea of a fairy who lives in flowers and has various encounters with potential suitors is whimsical and fun. There are many adaptations of this tale, illustrations and etc., but the story is light and lovely, and perfect for little girls who are into the ideas of fairies and princesses. (Nora's Ideal age: 4-6 yrs)
There are so many other books that I love for little girls who are young and just starting to read but I'll stop here for now. I'll be back in September with recommendations for our next age group, so be sure to keep an eye out for this series in the future!

What were your favorite books when you were a little girl? Any books that are must-haves, gifts you give to your friends with children or make sure you keep on your shelf if you have your own?

17 comments:

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

This is so cute! I'm not too sure about this age group, but I do love the Fancy Nancy books when I do read alouds with littler kids! I'm such a girly girl ;)

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

Cute post but I can't really relate to it-yet!

Cherry Blossoms said...

Great recommendations! I loved the Bernstein bear books.

Carolina John said...

Thumbalina and Harold and the Purple Crayon are my kids favorites. I can also highly recommend one called "Pinkalicious".

crystal said...

This is a great idea! I think I was in my Bernstein Bear phase at this age :)

Shoshanah said...

I love this idea! So many of these were my favorites growing up! I loved the Pete Rabbit books, and loved Angelina! I loved being able to buy Angelina for the Boy's niece and seeing her fall in love with her too!

michelle said...

i've actually been thinking about getting my faux niece the potter books for christmas, even though she'll only be one. never too early to plant the reading bug ;) i'm kinda surprised neither of you mentioned dr. seuss. my mom used to read them to me when i was a toddler :)

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Loved this new series you guys are doing!! Sadly I haven't read any of these books. However I'll refer back to this post when buying birthday and Christmas presents for our nieces. I LOVE buying kids books :)

Becky said...

Love this new series!! And I've already planned for the next set of books we buy our niece for at least one or two of them to be Fancy Nancy!

pinkflipflops said...

I think book must haves for a kid are, goodnight moon, guess how much i love you, on the night you were born, you were loved before you were born and tons of dr seuss!

Jeanie said...

What a great post, Lisa, and timely in that I will soon be buying a book gift for a young girl!

I loved the Trixie Belden mysteries -- the first in a long line of mysteries, I suppose! Then Nancy Drew. Misty of Chincoteague, The Borrowers and of course Stuart Little. Perhaps I should revisit some of those!

Mandy said...

Golden books are always some of my go to books for friends kids!

Oh said...

I was a big fan of fairy tales as a girl and still love them dearly. But favorite classics? wow - tough question. I think any of the books by Marguerite Henry would be winners - all of 'em about horses and ponies - like Misty of Chincoteauge and Stormy. and always with wonderful illustrations. (No, I didn't read them to you - just thought of them now!) and you're not going to believe it but I loved reading the Bobbsie Twins - couldn't wait to get the new books ....it's a long running series...you should check it out. I bet the girls would love them, even though there are few if any pictures. Not sure. But great for the little girls cuz the twins are "little" kids!

Lisa-Marie said...

Such a good selection. Where the Wild Things Are is one of the best children's book ever. I like the mixture of themes, something for everyone.

Marlys said...

Another book that our kids loved, but better for ages 6 and up, was "The BFG" by Roald Dahl, I beleive! I have the kids books packed away but really need to dig them out and search for their favorites. Dr. Seuss books were great, too!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Wahoo, I am proud of the fact that I have read basically every book or series on this list, I must be doing my job at a kindergarten teacher. Now I have to go check out yours to make sure I'm doing my job on the boy front. I actually put WAY more effort into that so I'm going to hope I am!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Some of my favourite books as a little girl were:

Henry's Awful Mistake
Socks for Supper
Who Put the Pepper in the Pot

These are all really hard to find today, and my hubby had to pay about 35 dollars to get me a used copy of one of them. We are still working on the other two, since my childhood ones were sold in a garage sale or something.