Thursday, May 01, 2014

Beloved by my boys

When my oldest son was around six months old, I remember worrying that I didn't have enough "boy books" around. A wise friend told me that in general her sons were interested in many of the same books that her daughters loved, but she had noticed that her sons really enjoyed "fact books" as well (more on that later).

Right now both of my older boys love fairy tales more than anything else--particularly Bearskin and The Tinderbox, which both feature some pretty adventurous sword-wielding heroes! They also love many of the books on previous lists, but the ones I'm listing on this post have appealed to my boys even more than they did to my girls.

Edward and the Pirates (David McPhail)
The Happy Lion (Louise Fatio, ill. Roger Duvoisin)
The Artist (John Bianchi)
Five Minutes Peace (Jill Murphy)
The Truck Book (Bill Gere, ill. Tom LaPadula)
The Truck Book (Harry McNaught)
Barn Storm (Charles Ghigna)
Just Like My Dad (Tricia Gardella, ill. Margot Apple)
There's No Such Thing As A Dragon (Jack Kent)
If You Want to See a Whale (Julie Fogliano)--my two-year-old asks for this every day
The Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson)
Ordinary Amos and the Amazing Fish (Eugenie Fernandes)
The Little Engine That Could (Watty Piper)
Jamberry (Bruce Degin)
Gregory the Terrible Eater (Mitchell Sharmat)
Kiss Good Night (Amy Hest)
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Judi Barrett, ill. Ron Barrett) **1978 version! Don't get the updated one which is obnoxiously politically correct--at least if you have the original one memorized
Corduroy (Don Freeman)
Hooway for Wodney Wat (Helen Lester)
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub (Audrey Wood)
All Aboard Trains (Mary Harding, ill. Richard Courtney)
The Paperboy (Dav Pilkey)
Grandpa Had a Windmill, Grandma Had a Churn (Louise A. Jackson)
My Grandmother's Clock (Geraldine McCaughrean)
Wynken, Blynken, & Nod (Ill. Johanna Westerman)
The Buffalo Storm (Katherine Applegate)
Up North at the Cabin (Marsha Wilson Chall)
My Teacher Sleeps in School (Leatie Weiss)
George Shrinks (William Joyce)
Winter Barn (Dorothy Ripley)
Patrick's Dinosaurs (Carol Carrick)
The Seven Silly Eaters (Mary Ann Hoberman)
Big Al (Andrew Clements)
Freight Train (Donald Crews)
Bear in Love (Daniel Pinkwater)
Bridget's Beret (Tom Lichtenheld)
Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean (Gail Langer Karwoski)
Sam the Minuteman (Nathaniel Benchley)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (adapted by Al Perkins) **this is hands-down an all-time favorite that we read every single day
The Story About Ping (Marjorie Flack) **another one that we read every day
B Is for Bulldozer (June Sobel)
Trucks Roll (George Ella Lyon) **another daily book when the boys were about two
Goodnight Digger (Michelle Robinson)
Katy and the Big Snow (Virginia Lee Burton)
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (Sherri Rinker)
Dig Dig Digging (Margaret Mayo)
The Monster at the End of This Book (Jon Stone)

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