Thursday, June 7, 2012

Book List: Moms Weigh In - Books We Adore

I polled oodles of moms across the country to come up with this list.  If you have favorite titles that aren't here but absolutely must be, please comment on this post or email me at susie@seriousmomsense.com 
and I'll get them added.  Remember, only ABSOLUTE FAVORITES!  My goal here is quality, not quantity!



Author Title Comments
BABIES / TODDLERS
Cambell, Rod Dear Zoo:  A lift the flap book  
Boynton, Sandra Moo, Baa, La La La  
Boynton, Sandra But Not the Hippoptamus  
Wood, Audrey The Napping House *  
Wood, Audrey Silly Sally  
Carl, Eric The Very Hungry Caterpillar * anything by Eric Carle
Donaldson, Julia Night Monkey Day Monkey  
Love, Marianne Cusimano You Are My I Love You humor with heart
Brown, Margaret Wise Goodnight Moon  
     
YOUNGER KIDS
Konnecke, Ole Anton Can Do Magic  
Gag, Wanda Millions of Cats  
McGee, David Elmer  
Thomas, Jan The Doghouse New favorite
Willems, Mo Pig and Elephant Books * awesome for acting out while laughing out loud
Henkes, Kevin Kitten's First Full Moon All Kevin Henkes books are great
Wilson, Karma Bear Snores On several books in this series
Wood, Don Little Mouse  
Wood, Don The Big Red Ripe Strawberry *  
Wood, Don The Big Hungry Bear *  
Ahlberg, Janet The Jolly Pocket Postman interactive book
Feiffer, Jules Bark, Geroge!  
Cronin, Doreen Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type  
Cronin, Doreen Diary of a Worm (or Fly)  
Wilcox, Leah Falling for Rapunzel  
Barnett, Max Guess Again will have your kids laughing
Fox, Mem The Magic Hat anything by Mem Fox!
Gannett, Ruth Stiles My Father's Dragon  
van Allsburg, Chris Mysteries of Harriss Burdick wordless picture book, the pictures are amazing and the kids have to create their own stories to go with the pictures
Osborne, Mary Pope Magic Treehouse Series *  
Polacca, Patricia Pink and Say her other books for older kids are also great
Park, Barbara Junie B. Jones series * hilarious, can start girls reading chapter books, mixed mommy reviews on Junie's bratty attitude & sometimes poor grammar
Rey, H.A. and Margaret A Treasury of Curious George  
Long, Melinda  How I Became a Pirate delightful illustrations by David Shannon
Dahl, Roald Charlie and the Chocolate Factory favorite read-aloud; anything by Roald Dahl
O'Brian, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh  
Burnett, Francis Hodgson A Little Princess  
Cleary, Beverly Ramona Books other Beverly Cleary books
Burton, Virginia Lee Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel anything by Virginia Lee Burton
Scarry, Richard Cars and Trucks and Things that Go any orinigal Richard Scarry is fantastic; his son took over for him and the newer books aren't quite the same
Lobel, Arnold Frog and Toad Books  
Macdonald, Betty Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Series classic read aloud
Juster, Norton The Phantom Tolbooth classic read aloud
Banks, Lynn Reid Indian in the Cupboard  
Warner, Gertrude Chandler Boxcar Children Series*  
White, E.B. Charlotte's Web anything by E.B. White
McKissack, Annie Never Forgotten Caldecott committee missed this one
Shea, Susan Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? delightful
     
OLDER KIDS
Spinelli, Gary Maniac McGee  
Sachar, Louis Holes  
Gaiman, Neil The Graveyard Book  
Mull, Brandon Fablehaven Series  
Lewis. C. S. The Chronicles of Narnia  
Fitzgerald, John D. The Great Brain  
Peck, Richard A Long Way from Chicago  
McKinley, Robin Beauty *  
Levine, Gail Carson Ella Enchanted  
Hale, Shannon The Princess Academy  
Hale, Shannon The Goose Girl *  
Clements, Andrew Frindle* any other Clements book
Riordan, Rick Percy Jackson Series * can be the catalyst for kids to graduate to longer chapter books
Haddix, Margaret Peterson Shadow Children Series similar to hunger games but less violent, thought-provoking and exciting
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter Series * last two books in the series are more violent and disturbing as the characters get older
Carter, Ally Gallagher Girls Series delight for early teens (girls)
Whitesides, Tyler The Janitors looking forward to second book coming out this fall
Lin, Grace Where the Mountain Meets the Moon * one of the best examples of storytelling anywhere, fantastic read-aloud
Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Green Gables Series  
     
Rawls, Wilson Where the Red Fern Grows  
Rawls, Wilson Summer of the Monkeys  
Sweet, Melissa Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Pupeteer of Macy's Parade Outstanding NF ook of 2011
     
TEENS
Lane, Andrew Death Cloud Sherlock Holmes as a teenager; sequel is 'Rebel Fire'
Selznick, Brian Wonderstruck  
Gantos, Jack Dead End in Norvelt one of best new books of 2011, Newbery Author, great for boys
Carter, Ally Gallagher Girls Series delight for early teens (girls)
Clements, Andrew Frindle  
Fitzgerald, John D. The Great Brain  
Gaiman, Neil The Graveyard Book  
Haddix, Margaret Peterson Shadow Children Series similar to hunger games but less not violent, thought-provoking and exciting
Hale, Shannon The Princess Academy  
Hale, Shannon The Goose Girl *  
Levine, Gail Carson Ella Enchanted  
Lewis. C. S. The Chronicles of Narnia  
Lin, Grace Where the Mountain Meets the Moon * one of the best examples of storytelling anywhere, fantastic read-aloud
McKinley, Robin Beauty *  
Mull, Brandon Fablehaven Series*  
Peck, Richard A Long Way from Chicago  
Riordan, Rick Percy Jackson Series * can be the catalyst for kids to graduate to longer chapter books
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter Series * last two books in the series are more violent and disturbing as the characters get older
Sachar, Louis Holes all other Louis Sachar Books
Spinelli, Gary Maniac McGee  
Taylor, Theodore The Cay  
Whitesides, Tyler The Janitors looking forward to second book coming out this fall
Stiefvater, Maggie Scorpio Races fav teen book of 2011
Bragg, Georgia How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awful Famous Awfully Interesting







1 comment:

  1. Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles ABSOLUTELY MUST be on this list! (5th book won the Newberry Award and 2nd book was a Newberry finalist). Among the most wonderful childhood books ever!

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