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January 10th, 2010, 10:11 AM
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What are books that you thought you definitely had to read to your kids?

I love you forever by Robert Munsch and Charlotte's Web by EB White are two books that I always knew I would read to my children. Mary Poppins was another favorite of mine that I've shared with them. And I know eventually I will be reading Harry Potter with them. They have heard bits and pieces when I've borrowed the books on CD.

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January 10th, 2010, 10:52 PM
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Definitely Charlotte's Webb!

Love You Forever has left a bad taste in my mouth ever since SO's mom (we don't get along at all for so many things she's said about me) gave him that book for his 28th bday with the whole front page written up about how he'll always be her baby blah blah blah. It seriously sounds like she wrote it to a 5 year old.
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January 11th, 2010, 05:40 AM
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I love both of those- and have already read pieces of Charlottes Web to DD. It's one of her favorite movies so when my bro bought her that book she wanted to read it- problem is she is still not able to "read" a book in multiple sittings. So we can't very far into it.

One that is out of print that I loved as a kid was Jillian Jiggs. "Jillian Jillian Jillian Jiggs, it looks like your room has been lived in by pigs." "
Later I promise, as soon as I'm through, I'll clean up my room I promise I do!" I remember most of the book that well.

I have been buying a lot of books I remember reading as a child for Megan's library. The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Captive, The Giver, Dancing Shoes, Little Women, The Black Stallion, Chronicles of Narnia... and more. All books I loved. Part of me can't wait until she is older and ready to sit down and read and talk about books with me (I realize that may be unrealistic- she may hate books and sometimes will hate me and not want to talk to me )
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January 11th, 2010, 08:03 AM
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I love Charlotte's Web but am not as crazy about EB White's other books. Dunno why....

Whoa, I can totally see why Love You Forever would not be one of your favorites. I could see MIL doing something like that.

That reminds me, I need to buy more chapter books for my 6 yr old. I have tons and tons of picture books, but am lacking in the books for older kids. You are already laying a great foundation by surrounding her with books, reading with her and letting her see you read. The chances of her being a reader are great.

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January 11th, 2010, 08:24 AM
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Captive, The Giver, Dancing Shoes, Little Women, The Black Stallion, Chronicles of Narnia...
Those are some books I'll be putting into the library for my kids (when I have them) I'll probably be spending a forutne on books, here's hoping that my kids actually like to read.
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January 12th, 2010, 07:50 AM
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Here are some books that are on my must read list, not necessarily to own, though:

* Cricket in Times Square
* Homer Price
* Mathilda
* Misty of Chincoteague
* Mr. Popper's Penguins
* Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
* Black Beauty
* Peter Pan
* The Borrowers
* The Boxcar Children
* The House at Pooh Corner
* The Magic Treehouse
* The Secret Garden
* Winnie the Pooh
* Wizard of Oz
* The Littles
* Chocolate Fever
* Charlie and the Glass Elevato
* My Father's Dragon
* Mary Poppins
* Clementine
* James and the Giant Peach
* Flat Stanley

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January 12th, 2010, 02:47 PM
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For little little kid books, I plan to read all of the classics to my kids: Clifford the Big Red Dog, Pokey Little Puppy, Saggy Baggy Elephant, Curious George, Velveteen Rabbit, I'll Love You Forever, Guess How Much I Love You, Berenstein Bears, Little Critter Books, etc. etc.

For when they are older, I plan to read to/ with them or have them read to themselves: the Harry Potter series, the Bunnicula series, the Animorphs series, Roald Dahl books, books by Avi, classics like Old Yeller, Black Beauty, Where the Red Fern Grows, the Little Prince, The Wind in the Willows, and just so many that I can't think of right now. I will likely play it by ear based on the child's interests.

We own many of these books already, including all of the Bunnicula and Animorphs series (the complete Animorphs is one of the jewels of my collection).


Edit: Ooh! Mr. Popper's Penguins and The Boxcar Children! And the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary and The Phantom Tollbooth. I'm sure there are literally hundreds of great children's books out there. Not only the ones that I loved as a kid, but stuff that's been written since then. I hope my kids are bookworms just like their Mama...
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And the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary and The Phantom Tollbooth. I'm sure there are literally hundreds of great children's books out there. Not only the ones that I loved as a kid, but stuff that's been written since then. I hope my kids are bookworms just like their Mama...
I've been eying the Ramona series b/c I remember reading them when I was younger. I remember Ramona having some less than wholesome qualities so I have been putting off reading them to DS for now. What age do you think is appropriate for Ramona and her antics?

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January 16th, 2010, 05:57 PM
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I've been eying the Ramona series b/c I remember reading them when I was younger. I remember Ramona having some less than wholesome qualities so I have been putting off reading them to DS for now. What age do you think is appropriate for Ramona and her antics?

Jenn

AH! My reply was in the "eaten posts" from the fourteenth!

I said something to the effect of:
I don't recall Ramona having any less than wholesome qualities, but then, it's been somewhere close to twenty years since I read the books. I think I was in the range of seven years old when I read the series. I think that the best time to read them to your child would be when the child is the same age as Ramona in the book (ie. start Ramona the Pest when your kid is five). I remember enjoying the series and finding it very funny...
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January 17th, 2010, 07:55 PM
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AH! My reply was in the "eaten posts" from the fourteenth!

I said something to the effect of:
I don't recall Ramona having any less than wholesome qualities, but then, it's been somewhere close to twenty years since I read the books. I think I was in the range of seven years old when I read the series. I think that the best time to read them to your child would be when the child is the same age as Ramona in the book (ie. start Ramona the Pest when your kid is five). I remember enjoying the series and finding it very funny...
Okay, that was weird. I did see your post on Thursday and had responded as well.

Anyway, I had said that maybe unwholesome may not be the right word, but the title of the first one, Ramona the Pest, is a negative connotation that I was concerned about. But I do remember that the books were funny. I think I'll just have to preview the books before I read them to him.

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