Monday, February 17, 2014

Our Book Basket

A large basket sits on the end table in our living room. In it we keep a box of kleenexes, the remotes, and books. Lots and lots of books. I change them out for seasons and holidays but there's some that are good basics, ones that we put in over and over again and that my kids really love. Any ole you could probably find at least one of the following tucked into our book basket:


I picked this book up at an Usborne party because my kids were always asking me questions about how their bodies work and I wanted something to help me explain it all to them. It's really well illustrated and it presents the information in a way that my 4 and 5 year olds easily understood.


This book is told a bit like a fairy tale, with beautiful illustrations and an interesting plot. It ends with a lovely, humble twist and me choking back tears. This little tale of a miracle shows how special the Mass is and is actually based on a true story (!). It's one of my favorites.


This is a sweet book about a happy, hardworking family whose two kids are learning to tell time. My almost 2 year old loooooves this book. My kindergartner loves this book. Everyone in between loves this book. I like it because it can be read as a story, it can be used as a teaching tool, and it can just be a simple picture book.


This book is a little thicker but has a collection of shorter stories about the Boot family, who lives on Apple Tree Farm. The pictures are really cute - there's farm animals, trains, tractors, and all kinds of other things little kids love. The stories are all really sweet without being simple and cheesy. I also like this book because it's one of the Usborne books that has two levels of reading. The top of the page has a shorter telling of the story and the bottom has a longer telling. Have a new, young reader? Have them read to themselves from the top. Want a story that's a bit longer to fill the time? Read the story at the bottom.


This is a collection of prayers written as poems relating to every day life. Scary dreams, making new friends, getting in trouble, waking up in the morning, have quiet time with God - all of these things and more are dealt with in prayers that are written as poems. I really like that it models how we can (and should!) talk to God about anything and everything, telling Him how we really feel. I also like how the prayers/poems always end with confidence in God and His love. The illustrations are cute, bright, and colorful and well done.


This, of course, is a classic and one that my boys especially love. There's nothing else to say about this book. It's a classic for a reason.


My boys love this book so much it has been taped back together multiple times and the cover is missing. It very simply teaches colors and some train basics in a quick read of a book. With very few words the author created a wonderful book.


Honestly, I feel like the wording in some parts of this book is awkward. (When I read this to my children I tend to do some editing and change the words in places.) However, the overall story is wonderful and the illustrations are gorgeous. I've found this book to be a great one to read when I'm pregnant and my kids become very interested in the growing baby in my womb. It also addresses Guardian Angels in a beautiful way.  Ben Hatke is hands down my favorite illustrator ever and I have a dream of writing a children's book about Fulton Sheen that he will illustrate.


This book is fun to read aloud. The meter this book is written in is perfect - not too sing-songy but a definite rhythm. I love it, though, because of the lesson which is a good one for kids and grown ups to remember.


This book is silly, cute, and fun. My kids and I like how she solves the problem of her great big squash and we all think it's a fun one to read aloud. Plus, it always makes us want to go outside and dig in the dirt!


Another classic. I think this book is beautifully written. It's a perfect bedtime book - it ends so quietly, so peacefully. All my kids have loved this book, it's sweet rhymes, silly animal noises, and pretty illustrations. A must-have in my eyes.


What about you? What children's books are staples in your book basket?
And do you want to add a few great books to your collection? Molly at Molly Makes Do is hosting an Usborne book giveaway. She's giving away three great titles so head over and get registered. Her contest ends Friday.


12 comments:

  1. I'm always in need of more book recommendations since my son is four and would read all day if I had enough time and resources to do so! We'll be checking these out from the library. Thanks!

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  2. Great suggestions! I haven't seen a lot of these; we'll have to check them out! My boys loved the "Telling the Time" book too...but it (eventually, with overdue fines...) had to go back to the library... :)

    ...and you should *totally* write a children's book about Fulton Sheen!

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  3. Thank you Bonnie! Always happy to share great books with others! I can't wait to add "The Weight of a Mass" to our collection!

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  4. Those look fantastic, Bonnie! I'm inspired to write one for ours. "The Weight of the Mass" looks fantastic (*adds to Amazon wish list.*) The Usborne body book is also on my list. =)

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  5. Bonnie, I love your book list. Thanks for sharing. We have the body book as well and my 3.5 year old loves it. She explained to me the last time I had a cold that her white blood cells were working better than mine because she didn't get sick! I'm going to check out your other recommendations too... I love books!

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  6. A must have in our house is "The little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear" It's amazing. We also love cows the type and other Farmer brown books... so funny. My oldest just stared reading and I am excited for her to get into Amelia Bedelia, because as a kid she was my all time favorite! She better like them!

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    1. Also, ANYTHING by Robert Munsch!!!!!!! http://robertmunsch.com/

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  7. I love The Big Red Barn! Makes me feel so peaceful. And thanks for the Body Book rec, I just ordered it from Molly's Usbourne site. I had a similar book as a small child and I loved it. Just ordered this for my kids.

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    1. A big thank you from my family to yours for your order! God Bless!

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  8. Thanks for sharing, Bonnie! I added several to my Amazon wish list. :)

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  9. Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman is a fun kids story. Gaiman is the author of adult books, YA, and kids books. I bought Fortunately the Milk for my nephew for Christmas and read it first. It was fun and I think most kids will love the adventures in it along with the great illustrations.

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  10. Bonnie, I think for the first time ever I am in complete disagreement with you. Big Red Barn??? I actually hated it so much I gave it away. Which is saying a lot because I keep some crappy books just because Hannah likes them. I just couldn't get the rhythm of the book figured out. I found it awkward. But Weight of the Mass, I'm with ya there!

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