We love the library. Typically, we go to the library every 3 weeks, checking out about 100 books at a time. Then we come home, squish on the couch all together and read about 20 before naps. After naps, we read another 20 or so, with the girls looking at the rest until dinner. By the third or fourth day, we’ve read every one, and most of them many times. We love to read. And my girls can usually be found with a book all over the home (especially the youngest).
For a while, I didn’t know enough books to pick and choose which were our favorites. But after about a year of regularly checking out library books, we have a few that are our go-to books.
First, the Berenstain Bears series. A classic. My girls LOVE the BBs. I know there’s a lot of words on a page and some of the books are oddly similar, but the messages are great and the morals are excellent. These books have spurred quite a few good discussions with our 4 year old. We have now (as of last week) read every single Berenstain Bears book.
Second, Fancy Nancy. In a house full of girls, the Fancy Nancy books are a natural favorite. I love the drama in the books as well as the simplicity. I also love the illustrations and how they teach big “fancy” words, as well as their definitions.
Third, Pinkalicious. Now, the original Pinkalicious book is the best. Purplicious is okay, but not as good. We also enjoy “The Pink Drink” but “Tickled Pink” is probably one of the dumbest books I’ve ever read (besides Ghost Gets Dressed). So Pinkalicious is a hit and miss, but if you haven’t read the first one, do.
Fifth, we love Dr. Seuss. Of course, every one is familiar with Dr. Seuss, right?! But if you want some classic favorites, we love The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street, the ABC book, The Tooth Book, Baby Oh Baby The Places You’ll Go!. We also LOVE Go Dog Go! but that’s PD Eastman, not Dr. Seuss. Still, the books look the same.
Sixth, the “If You Give” series. Sure, they are exceedingly redundant and stretch the theme too far, but the original ones are still clever. We recently saw a little rendition of “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” which the girls LOVE. We also have a CD with “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, A Pig a Pancake, A Moose a Muffin, and Take a Mouse to School” plus some other songs. We love the songs and the girls regularly beg to listen to this CD.
Some of our other favorites are not part of a series, but are just one of a kind books.
- Hippo-NOT-Amus–excellent and very fun to read. You’ll get very good at saying “Hippo-gir-ele-bat-onoceros” and I didn’t even have to look it up!
- Moose’s Loose Tooth–I love the clever ending. This is one of my favorites.
- Heckedy Peg–I love the power of a mother’s love in this book.
- The Monster at the End of This Book–Who doesn’t love Grover?!
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day–Ahh, memories. I love this one. Did you know there are two others in the series? Both pretty good, though not as classic as the first.
- Click, Clack, Moo–Hilarious!
- Oink?–Such dry humor.
Of course, there are thousands more books that are worth checking out, but if you needed place to start, hopefully you can head over to the library and come home with a whole bunch of great ones now! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
What are your favorites?