We go the library and the kids pile the books on the couch next to me. I want this one, and this one. And this one.
When we arrive home, we are always amazed when we open up an especially sweet one. A story that sweeps us away, shows us the way, shares something a little special.
Here are a few of those books — those ones that we love to read together. And when we finish, we feel fuller, more relaxed, and glad.
My kids love this book because of the the personification of anger (as that raggedy red little guy) and watching how that anger changes and eventually subsides. I like this book because it is not hard-hitting with its message and is truly more of show-don’t tell book. Also, I think the friendliness shown toward anger cannot be underrated; what an amazing model for my children (and me).
That said, I don’t completely agree with the set-up of this book (I think Anh might not have gotten so angry if his grandfather were more flexible and creative about his requests at the outset) and I wouldn’t expect a child as young as Anh to be alone with his anger (as it is in the book), but sharing ideas of how to care for one’s anger, no matter how it arises, is very important to me. So, I recast the interaction between Anh and his grandfather (feel free to do the same!).
I bought this book as something new to have on one of our airplane trips because we’d had a few books from series from the library that the kids really enjoyed. This one is incredibly sweet — following Henry and Mudge through their spring days. The book has an incantatory feeling.
A friend gave us this book and all of us love it. Little Beaver is looking for a friend, calling out across the pond to see if anyone’s there. Can you guess who answers him? He sets out on a journey, and while he never finds the voice on the other side of the pond, he does find some friends. The drawings are realistic but incredibly cute, the author uses subtle word repetitions that my kids love, and there’s just enough of a twist in the story to be satisfying.
I know Mo Willems has about a million books and I can’t say I love them all. But he has quite a few gems, and we think this is one of them. Find out how Elephant and Piggie find a way to include a friend in their game. This book is wonderfully absurd and creative!
This book is practically perfect. Meet the Brutes and find out how they turn around a bad mood (always a good skill to have, don’t you think)?
Long, long ago, truth fell to earth and humankind found only one half of that truth, which led to our belief in “otherness.” This book recounts a journey toward wholeness, and is a parable for our times. The paintings are shockingly gorgeous (by Jon J Muth). While the book seems just a bit too long to me, the story itself has magic, hope, and resolution.
This one was a surprise — a story of uniqueness, believing in oneself, and having fun. Super cool. By the author of Hug.
The cycle of life, done in wonderfully rich oil paintings. What more can I say?