Monday, November 3, 2014

The Boys and their Favorite Books

I'm rarely in front of the camera, so as I was reading a night-time story to the boys, Jeremy snapped this shot.  And, what I've noticed in these photos is that 90% of the time I'm in my maybe 10-year-old Patagonia fleece.  It has teeny tiny holes in the sleeves, and it's super thin.  But, there's just something about it.  It keeps me warm/cozy.  It's part of my daily life at home usually.  Maybe that's a sign that I need to change things up a bit!

These guys are just getting to where they love a good book.  Really, it's still just Carter that sits and listens.  But, Peter loves to ask questions.  And, John Paul enjoys turning the pages.  So, it's a team effort.

We've gotten a lot of new books lately for birthdays.  Some of our latest favorites are Harry the Dirty Dog, Frog and Toad, Madeline, Corduroy, Stuck, and Little Blue Truck.

Ana had a list last week that we're checking out soon!  What are some of your favorites?


  1. Little Blue Truck is one of our favorites!!

  2. Anything Dr. Seuss :) Lately it's been all about Fox and Socks.

  3. Lately it's been a lot of Franklin books... I like them, but I'm ready to be asked to read something different!

  4. We read a TON of books around here. Our tots' favorites… Tip, Tip, Dig, Dig. Digger Man. Bear Snores On. Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Anything Karen Katz. Dr. Seuss. We also have Where the Wild Things Are. So many fantastic reads… You are setting a great example by reading to your children - they'll be lifelong readers!

  5. Our girls are loving Madeline, Frog and Toad, and Corduroy too! I'll have to look at that Little Blue Truck. They also love Strega Nona, Minnie and Moo, and Amelia Bedelia these days. P.S. I LOVE pictures of parents reading to the kiddos. So precious!

  6. A favorite right now is "Mighty Dads." Our son is two, so the words are limited in each page, but I love how dads are revered! He is obsessed with anything construction or tractor related, so this is perfect.

  7. Britt, this might be WAY more information than you need, but your question really threw down the gauntlet down to a children's librarian. Hope these prove useful. Enjoy!

    American Library Association: Children’s Notable Lists:

    School Library Journal Best Books:

    Bank Street College of Education:

    Choices Reading List:
    (Lists from the International Reading Association)

    100 Best Books:

    Authors to look for: Kevin Henkes, Mo’ Willems, Jon Scieszka, Eric Carle, Leo Lionni, Ezra Jack Keats,

    For Catholic Readers: Tomie DePaola has wonderfully illustrated Bible Stories and books about Christmas and the Saints, as well as Catholic legends. Also, there is an author/illustrator by the name of Demi who has beautifully illustrated books on Jesus, Mother Theresa, St. Francis and St. Nicholas---they might still be a little old for your boys and Anne. Also, watch Eerdmann’s Publishing: They have a very nice selection of religious books for younger children and I have the St. Nicholas Book ready for Anne on December 6th

    If you haven’t discovered them already, here are two other sites that the Carter/Fisk/Lee Women might find interesting:

    Tiny Saints: I think I’ll have to pick up a Joseph, now. Christopher looks very good on my keychain!

    In the Company of Saints: