Do you have a list of books that you plan to read to your children? Or a list of books somewhere on the blog that you were fond of as a child? I ask because my little monkey just turned 3 and is a big “reader” and i find that I am unable to keep up with his insatiable desire for new books. He doesn’t like to pick them out from the library [I don’t know why] and I find ones that I’ve picked out aren’t that great [I chose at random to try new things]. I find that your book reviews are very helpful and so I am now hoping that you can help me and my little reader!
The short answer is I’m sorry I don’t have any such list, though I’ll put it on my list of things to do.
I do feel your pain though. We don’t go to the library partly because I also feel like its such a hit or miss proposition. The few times we’ve gone I’ve been overwhelmed by the rows and rows of picture books and never felt like I could find the few golden nuggets among all the dross. And also because we simply have enough books here—and are constantly getting new ones via Book Mooch—that we haven’t yet felt the need to supplement our home library.
The longer answer (since I know that’s not very helpful.):
While you’re waiting for me to write more book reviews or to compose a master list of recommended books, you can check out my Amazon wish list for Isabella. Any book that I see recommended or reviewed that looks like I might be interested in getting it sometime I throw up there. (You can also look at my Book Mooch wish list, which does have some children’s books I didn’t bother to put on the Amazon list; but it also includes both children’s books for Bella and adult books for myself and is a lot less choosy.) Of course those lists don’t include books we already own.
I’ve been trying to work on cataloging the children’s books we already own; but that got stalled out when we moved last summer and i haven’t added any books since. Probably won’t pick it up again any time soon. But maybe one day…. In the meantime, you’ll just have to wait until I’m inspired to write reviews of the books we’re reading.
For additional inspiration, however, I highly recommend Cay Gibson’s book A Picture Perfect Childhood, which has many great book lists. I’ve been meaning to write a review of this book for a while but I keep getting sidetracked. In the meantime, you can check out her blog here.
Another good source of inspiration for me has been Elizabeth Foss’ Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home, which also has a great many book lists. Even if you aren’t planning to home school, it’s a wonderfully inspirational book about how to enrich your child’s educational experience. Also check out Elizabeth’s beautiful blog, In the Heart of My Home which I’ve frequently raided for book ideas. Check out the great lists in her sidebar.
And if you missed this discussion about books back in June, there were some good titles thrown out.
Readers, feel free to chime in with your suggestions for good picture books. And good places to find out about books too. I know I’m missing some blogs and some books with good lists.