Oh, the books we will read!

Ever since discovering the super-and-completely-amazing new used bookshop that is literally a 20-second walk from my office, I have been hooked.
I bought some books for me, and then decided I should start stocking up on books for le bebe. I’m a voracious reader, and I plan on reading to our kids every single day.
Some of my favourite memories are of Mom reading to me and my sister — and then, later, me reading to Little Sis. We got to pick a couple of stories every night, without fail, and that is one traditional I’m determined to continue.
I know we’ll probably get some books as gifts, but you can’t even imagine the sheer quantity of books I already own. I need many. Many, many, many books.
And I don’t just want to limit my reading to baby books. I want there to be a good mix, with some books for older children, too. Maybe it will even made my baby smarter, to be listening to books above their age level? Can’t hurt, anyway.
So here is my list of books I want to start picking up — crossed-off titles indicate the ones I have already nabbed:
  • A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
  • Angeline Ballerina by Katharine Holabird
  • Berenstain Bear series by Stan & Jan Berenstain
  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
  • Curious George by H. A. Rey
  • Eloise by Kay Thompson
  • Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
  • Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
  • Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  • Guess How Much I Love You? by Sam McBratney
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  • Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
  • Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  • Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
  • Oh, The Things You Can Think! by Dr. Seuss
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
  • Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  • Mr. Men and Little Miss books by Roger Hargreaves
  • The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  • The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear
  • The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  • The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Please send me your favourite childrens’ books, and I’ll add them to my trusty list. There are thousands of options in this shop, so I want to know I’m picking some tried-and-true ones.

One Comment on “Oh, the books we will read!

  1. What a great list. You need to add “Little Critter” book series. I loved them as a kid, can't wait to read them to our kids. My nephew loves them too. So check those out. Also Stanley and Rhoda. I think that's what they were called. Good luck!

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