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meaniemouse
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Default  Posted: 3:12 PM, November 29th (Tuesday)

Since Father of Four mentioned reading The Cat in the Hat to his kids a zillion times--which children's books did you read to your children that were really YOUR favorites?

Mine--anything by Dr. Seuss and Goodnight Moon. Plus the whole Berenstain Bears series. I really miss reading to my kids!!

I even use Goodnight Moon to teach classical conditioning to my psych students. Well, Goodnight Moon and an air horn!


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FatherofFour
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Default  Posted: 3:33 PM, November 29th (Tuesday)

Good Night Moon - I love that book!

Green Eggs and Ham and Go Dog Go.

All of the If You Give a X a Y books (my personal favorite is If You Give a Moose a Muffin).

We have this goofy Sesame Street book called "Rumbly Tummy" that always cracked the kids up. It's in tough shape, but I'm saving it for the grandkids (in 20 years).

Very Hungry Caterpillar and all the Eric C. books.

What Daddies Do Best

I could go on and on and on.



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meaniemouse
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Default  Posted: 3:53 PM, November 29th (Tuesday)

FOF--we have a running joke at our house. I have three girls who are gorgeous (I know, I'm biased) which makes them the target of lots of boys attention and very independent which makes them very frustrating to those same boys.

Those books, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, etc. are the standard mantra at our house. Like--be careful about paying too much attention to someone because, well, if you give a moose a muffin . . . .


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Default  Posted: 4:18 PM, November 29th (Tuesday)

Junie B. Jones (early chapter books). She is so spunky and funny.


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NewAttitude
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Default  Posted: 4:38 PM, November 29th (Tuesday)

The Monster at the End of this Book.

Just because it was one of MY favs when I was little.


Blue Hat Green Hat by Sandra Boynton. OMG, I LOVED that book! Only because when my babies were babies (lol) they would just go into hysterics over it. They would laugh so hard it would start to be that painful laugh (you know what I mean?).

One book that was my daughter's absolute favorite that I HATED was "Are you my Mother?"

I wanted to kill that bird.


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authenticnow
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Default  Posted: 5:22 PM, November 29th (Tuesday)

NA, I think we grew up in the same house! Grover!!! That book used to crack me and my brother up! And then my own kids. Love, love, love that book!

And the Sandra Boynton books, too.

Except, Are You My Mother was my absolute favorite book! I love that baby bird! Please do not hurt him!!!

"You are not my mother, you are a snort!"

And I used to do such good impressions of him reading it to my kids.

I got that book as a kid the same day as The Diggingest Dog. Love them both.


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NoLongerWantHim
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Default  Posted: 6:15 PM, November 29th (Tuesday)

GWADW had a plastic bath book - Rainbow Fish - we loved that one

Sneetches - we still read that one

Sandra? Boynton did a series of board books - I remember one with hippos.

Stellaluna!!!

Edited to add what the kidlet remembers

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why2008
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Default  Posted: 9:14 PM, November 29th (Tuesday)

All of the above!

plus

Go Dog Go

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear

Silly Sally (great to sing out LOUD)


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alex mama
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Default  Posted: 9:47 PM, November 29th (Tuesday)

My favorite topic...

Is Go Dog Go the one where they all have the big dog party and sleep in the bed? We read that A LOT.

We read Llama Llama Red Pajama ("what's with all the llama drama?") a lot too.

Where is the Green Sheep was another favorite.

Are You My Mother?

Mike Mulligan and His Steamshovel

Santa Mouse, even in July.

Louella Mae

And my favorite - the Paperbag Princess.


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Default  Posted: 9:47 PM, November 29th (Tuesday)

The Bad Dog Marley books are my new favorites that were introduced to me by my almost 3 year old granddaughter. I am also partial to the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series I read to my daughter many many years ago.


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why2008
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Default  Posted: 10:14 PM, November 29th (Tuesday)

Is Go Dog Go the one where they all have the big dog party and sleep in the bed?

In a big tree they have that raucous party!

So funny, I thought we were the only ones that read "are you my mother".

Getting ready to return "fox in socks" too much work reading that thing!


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neverendinghurt
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Default  Posted: 2:35 AM, November 30th (Wednesday)

Some of my kids favourites

One Snowy Night - Nick Butterworth

Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell

Letters from Felix - constanza Droop

The Jolly Postman - Alan Ahlberg (the kids loved just about anything by him)

Mary Poppins - PL Travers

Roald Dahl books


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FatherofFour
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Default  Posted: 9:40 AM, November 30th (Wednesday)

Getting ready to return "fox in socks" too much work reading that thing!

Let's have a talk about tweedle beetles. . .


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StillGoing
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Default  Posted: 9:57 AM, November 30th (Wednesday)

Nobody read to me as a kid so I didn't really have any favorites. I never read Roald Dahl either, so g_r got them all out of the basement and we had this Roald Dahl phase.

I will say that if you read The Witches to your kids and like to do voices, do not do a screechy voice for the head witch, because it will start to hurt. I did not expect that much dialogue.

I really wanted to read the How To Train Your Dragon books and the kids got into them. The whiny, wheedling voice g_r gave Toothless is epic so I make her read them for us.


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JanaGreen
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Default  Posted: 10:55 AM, November 30th (Wednesday)

StillGoing, that kills me that nobody read to you as a kid. Seriously, if I had a time machine I'd go back and read to you. Every child should have someone to read to him/her. It should be the law.

My daughter is just two, so our favorite books right now are Where The Wild Things Are, Llama Llama Red Pajama, If You Give a ____ a _____ (she likes all of them), Goodnight Moon ("Nite nite moon, mommy!"), Lyle Lyle Crocodile, All of Baby Nose to Toes, and this little random book called Bubble Trouble that my SIL gave us. We have a bunch of other books as well but those are the ones that stay in heavy rotation. She went through a big Curious George phase for a while but that seems to be over for now.

Edited to add - I just saw that the question was what were OUR favorites? I hate reading Lyle Lyle because it's too damn long and she loses interest, but I love "Max" (Where the Wild Things Are) and Llama Llama because I get to use lots of fun voices and Baby Green absolutely laughs her butt off at Llama Llama and it's fabulous.

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why2008
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Default  Posted: 11:01 AM, November 30th (Wednesday)

Let's have a talk about tweedle beetles. . .

HELL NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

I'd rather eat a tweedle beetle before talking about them...

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wildbananas
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Default  Posted: 11:56 AM, November 30th (Wednesday)

We read every single night - I've done that since the first banana was born.

We love anything Seuss, all the Berenstain Bears books, the Junie B. Jones series, the Amelia Bedelia books, anything Beverly Cleary, Eric Carle, Sandra Boynton, the Magic Tree House series, the Bailey School Kids series, the Froggy books...

I could go on and on.

And StillGoing, it's so sad no one ever read to you - I'd do it if I could. And hey, it's never too late to be read to. Have your boys read to you and you to them! Heck, even my teen bananas still wander in and listen from time to time.

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FatherofFour
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Default  Posted: 12:27 PM, November 30th (Wednesday)

wb, we read nightly too. It's sometimes hit or miss as I am trying to bridge a 5 year age difference. But, the kids love it. Even my 10 year old.

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Default  Posted: 12:37 PM, November 30th (Wednesday)

I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder books (Little House on the Prairie). My daughter (now 18yrs old) also loved these books and still has her set in her bedroom!


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Default  Posted: 4:41 PM, November 30th (Wednesday)

The Giant Jam Sandwhich

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scaredyKat
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Default  Posted: 5:06 PM, November 30th (Wednesday)

As a children's librarian, please, p lease, read books that have become movies to your kids...While The Polar Express is visually gorgeous and wonderfully exciting cinema, it just isn't the same story as the book. And damn! OZ was NOT just a figment of Dorothy's imagination!!


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scaredyKat
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Default  Posted: 11:57 PM, November 30th (Wednesday)

And please read THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET before seeing HUGO...

edited because posting from my phone is ridiculously stupid!!!!

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Default  Posted: 10:07 PM, December 5th (Monday)

I love Good Night Moon... My kids love Good Night Moon... I still read it to my 7 and 6 year olds... My 3 year old still can;t get enough of it...

Okay so here is a partial list:

For my 3 year old:
Good Night Moon
Good Night Gorilla
Guess How Much I Love You
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See?
Harold and The Purple Crayon
Where the Sidewalk ends (Poems)
wild About Books
Where The Wild Things Are

For my 6 & 7 Year olds:
Ramona books
Junie B Jones
Magic Treehouse series
Tintin books
Where'a Waldo Books
The Littles
Russell and Elisa series


And I read from the 20th Century Childrens Book Treasury...

A must have that includes many of the classics we all love and kids adore!!!



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Default  Posted: 10:46 AM, December 6th (Tuesday)

Mr. Pines Mixed up Signs was my favorite as a kid and I actually still have the book.


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StillGoing
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Default  Posted: 11:57 AM, December 6th (Tuesday)

It worked out, I ended up reading a lot on my own as a kid. We read together as a family every night here.

scardeyKat, I think g_r has been wandering around with that book, I didn't realize it was a movie.

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Default  Posted: 1:05 PM, December 6th (Tuesday)

Broken, my daughter has just discovered Good Night Gorilla! I read it to her a few nights ago, then last night she was looking everywhere for "the monkey book." I finally figured out WHICH monkey book she was talking about and we had a great time talking about the silly gorilla and all the silly animals.


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Default  Posted: 1:40 PM, December 6th (Tuesday)

Def Good Night Moon, If You Give A Cat A Cupcake, Anything Dr Seuss or Eric Carle, the kids - my 2 yr old twins LOVE to read those to me, they have them memorized! Some others are the 10 Little Lady Bugs, or Goodnight Sweet Butterflies, where the plastic bugs are popping out of the cover, I forget the author.

My 7 yr old loves Junie B Jones so cute and funny! I encourage Judy Blume too since I LOVED her as a kid!


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Default  Posted: 2:43 PM, December 6th (Tuesday)

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Default  Posted: 7:21 PM, December 6th (Tuesday)

Broken, my daughter has just discovered Good Night Gorilla! I read it to her a few nights ago, then last night she was looking everywhere for "the monkey book." I finally figured out WHICH monkey book she was talking about and we had a great time talking about the silly gorilla and all the silly animals.

My son Opens his eyes so wide when the lights are off and you see the wife's eyeballs...

He always says:

"huh??...ugh, oh... the silly animals followed the zoo keeper again..."

I just love that about that book... they make up their own story...


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Default  Posted: 10:12 AM, December 12th (Monday)

Our boys are 4 and 6. We do a really cool thing at bedtime - each of us picks a book.

My younger boy LOVES the book "Big Fuzzy" (about a polar bear), and picks it every night. Sometimes his brother chooses it first, just to annoy him, and Big Drama ensues.

DS6 sometimes picks the Hot Wheels phonics books we got him, sometimes "Five Little Dinosaurs" (who jump on the bed... the boys think it's hilarious because they're dinos instead of monkeys). They cried when we had to return it to the library, and I think it's out of print, so we had to go on Amazon.com and get a truly beat-up copy. They don't care.

My parents (who currently live 1500 miles away) sent them a book about the birth of Jesus last week, and it's a "recorded book," in which Nana and Papa took turns reading and recording each page. The boys LOVE LOVE LOVE this because Nana and Papa are "reading" are reading a bedtime story to them.

W & I like "Llamas in Pajamas." I usually choose "Daddy Kisses," "Daddy Hugs," or "The Day We Met You" (which is about adoption; my boys are adopted). If they've been fighting and bickering all day, they get "Words Are Not for Hurting."

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