Our kids are grown, but when they were young I loved sitting down in the evening and reading to them. We started when they were too young to talk, with books they could safely put in their mouths. As they became toddlers we starting reading board books, then picture books. The kids loved it, and so did I.
One of our friends has beautiful grandkids, the youngest just turned one and the oldest is four. We’ve been buying them some of our favorite books from 20+ years ago. Just thought I’d make a list in case anyone else is interested (in no order).
- Animalia; The Eleventh Hour; Jabberwocky by Graeme Base
- The Mitten; The Owl and the Pussycat by Jan Brett
- Make Way For Ducklings; Blueberries For Sal by Robert McClosky
- Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore by David McPhail
- Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear by Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth
- The Escape Of Marvin The Ape by Caralyn Buehner and Mark Beuhner
- Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
- The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me, Roald Dahl (only a few pictures, but a great book to read if you like doing funny voices)
- Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear by Nancy White Carlstrom
- The Rainbow Goblins by Ul De Rico (not actually that nice a story but I think kids can handle it, and the artwork is amazing)
- More Spaghetti, I Say! by Rita Golden Gelman and Mort Gerberg
- Morris Goes To School by B. Wiseman
- Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!; The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss (these are overlooked Seuss classics)