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In Which I Give You a List of Books

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We love books in this house. Love them. One of the selling features for me when we were deciding what house to rent was the built in bookcases, on either side of a brick mantel. I fell in love. We finally have all of our books out and shelved for the first time. Ever. It’s such a good feeling to be surrounded by so many good friends.

The girls have a basket of books in their room of mostly board books that have been read many times, chewed on, sat on, and just generally well-loved. There’s a couple shelves in their bookcase of ‘older books’, these ones are starting to become Kilmeny’s favorite companions for afternoon quiet time. I thought I’d share with you a few titles that we have really enjoyed lately and make regular appearances in the bedtime story routine.

Trains Go by Steve Light

This was a new book to us, Jared bought it for Kilmeny’s birthday when he was in Oregon at Powell’s Books way back in July. We have a habit of buying books for the girls’ birthdays way in advance, we’ve gotten some great used books this way.It’s a playful book with bright illustrations. It introduces several different types of trains and the sounds they make. I love unique books that appeal to several senses and this book definitely does from the bold colours to the sounds of the trains and the shape of the book. Kilmeny has it memorized and says the words along with me, Khaira loves to sit and flip the pages by herself. A winner for both girls.

 Pride and Prejudice: A Baby Lit Counting Book by Jennifer Adams

Also a purchase from Powells’ Books, this is a delightful counting book with characters and themes from Pride and Prejudice. The illustrations are fun and this is a great way to introduce the classics at a very young age. I’m not sure who was more delighted when Jared brought it home, me or the girls! There’s a whole series of Baby Lit books and they all look adorable. Especially if you’re a fan of classic literature.

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins 

This is probably the only non-board book that has a permanent home in our book basket. I picked it up second-hand on the recommendation of a friend and its become a family favourite. It’s lyrical, imaginative, and colourful. We’ll often recite portions of it when we’re out on a walk, holding hands, because we’re just like it. Khaira will often bring it to me and then sit down, her very obvious non-verbal way of asking for a story.

Are You My Mother? by PD Eastman

This was a gift from a dear friend who re-papered the cover and wrote the sweetest note for Kilmeny’s first birthday. It’s a classic story with soft illustrations. Kilmeny loves it. It’s the story of a baby bird’s search for his mother, and he finally finds her after asking a hen, kitten, cow and truck. Delightful.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (and every other book by Eric Carle)

There is something classic about these books. This was one of Kilmeny’s first books that she picked out from the library shelves all by herself and loves to sit and ‘read’ it. Both girls love the lyrical words and the funky art.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

I got a copy of Peter Pan from the library, intending to read it myself and reacquaint myself with a childhood favorite. Kilmeny laid claim to it and ever since then, has loved Peter Pan. She has a vintage copy on her bookshelf and loves to sit and look at the pictures. By the time, she learns to read she’ll know all the characters. Very well. And then when she’s even older, we can watch Finding Neverland together. Oh yes please.

Olivia by Ian Falconer

We love the Olivia books in this house. Simple three colour illustrations, concise story, and very funny. The girls are slowly collecting all of them. I think they would be on our must-read list for every year.

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That’s what we’re reading around here, right now. What about you? Any new favourites or old re-discoveries?

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  • Rebecca January 23, 2013, 7:49 pm

    I love the Beatrice Potter books and hope to acquire a set for Sofia in the next little while. I had concentrated so hard on having good reading material for her when she could read herself, that I’ve only started to build the “picture book” collection. Grandpa added one to her list that I’ve fallen in love with “The Three Weavers”. I can’t wait to read this to her! Until such time, I content myself with curling up on the couch and reading it (again) to myself.

    I love that Kilmeny love Peter Pan! That’s to cute :) Olivia is on our shelf as well, and Eric Carle books, courtesy of some favorite aunties ;)

    Are you My Mother was my absolute favorite book when I was small! Thanks so much for the reminder, that is most definitely going on my “to get” list :)

    • Breanne :: This Vintage Moment January 23, 2013, 7:54 pm

      Oh, I wish I knew about Beatrix Potter! I gave several books away before we moved since we got Khaira the whole set for her birthday….man! Most of those books I found in thrift stores in Edmonton, lucky you the competition moved away. ;-) I just, ahem, may have a reason to hit up a great used book store here. =)

  • Rachel January 24, 2013, 9:54 am

    Last year, my aunt gave my kids a collection of early Bearnstein Bears books, and they’ve only just discovered them. None are titles I’ve read before, but it’s been a delight to be reacquainted with the Bears’ world all the same. Beyond that, it’s been lots of Munsch – old favourites of my own childhood – and Fancy Nancy, a series new to this generation, but it fits my vocabulary-stretching particular princess to a tea!

    • Breanne :: This Vintage Moment January 24, 2013, 10:29 am

      I love introducing old favorites to our girls as well, it is delightful! And I should look into the Fancy Nancy books, I’m sure our little princess would enjoy them as well. =)

  • Laura January 24, 2013, 10:27 am

    We also love Are You My Mother? (changing it throughout the book to “you muh mummuh?” for babies :-P) and Eric Carle’s books are fun. The Pride and Prejudice book sounds cute. :-)

  • Breanna Spruyt January 24, 2013, 1:07 pm

    I’ve been collecting the Narnia books, Yes, they are a little old for my babies, but Promise already enjoys listening to them. I hope to run into the audio book set someday. We love Beatrix Potter books also, collecting them from the second hand store whenever they appear. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, is a favorite board book for both the girls and myself; it is soothing and simple. When I was a kid we had a few Arch Books. They are rhyming Bible Stories and parables; I think there are over a hundred, but we only have about 25. I really appreciate the fact that the theology is correct and the story told with attention to detail. The newest discovery isn’t a baby book, but a childs book, and that is from Creation Ministries International, and it is ‘The True Story of Noah’s Ark’ by Tom Dooley. Absolutely amazing illustrations! Written after intense research into the life and times of Noah. I’m not kidding. Ask Caleigh what she thought, as I think she also has the book.

    • Breanne :: This Vintage Moment January 24, 2013, 4:18 pm

      Kilmeny got ‘ The True Story of Noah’s Ark” for Christmas from my parents. =) She loves looking at the pictures during quiet time.
      Good night Moon is a favourite over here as well. I don’t think it’s any too early to collect books for our babies. ;-)
      Such marvelous titles!

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