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Book It!

on April 22, 2014

A friend posted about her favorite Easter picture book this weekend (The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes), which took me down the rabbit-hole (tee hee) looking for it online. Amazon is so “helpful” to suggest other similar items to the one you’re seeking, so I wound up ordering The Country Bunny and two other classics before putting a stop to the spending. Some adoptive-parents-to-be stock up on baby clothes and toys. We’re more book people.

Cory’s fondest children’s book memories involve Bunnicula, the rabbit who sucks the juice out of vegetables, vampire-style. Bunnicula has a whole series. The books are told from the point of view of a family’s dog and have excellent titles like The Celery Stalks at Midnight and Howliday Inn.

Alexander

Bunnicula, Chester, and Harold

Growing up, I loved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. It’s the story of a day in the life of Alexander in which everything goes awry. He wakes up with gum in his hair, there’s nothing but breakfast cereal in his cereal box (no toy), his dentist finds a cavity in Alexander’s mouth, and the shoe store doesn’t have the shoes he wants in his size. Alexander manages despite these atrocities and resists the urge to move to Australia. The line drawing illustrations in the book tell the story as well as the words do, keeping young readers and listeners doubly engaged.

It wasn’t until later that I discovered what may be my favorite children’s book these days: Corduroy. Young Lisa saves up her money to buy a little bear in green overalls. Her mother doesn’t understand Lisa’s interest since the bear’s overalls are missing a button and he doesn’t look new. But Lisa sees something special in him and knows that Corduroy will be a good friend. My favorite part of the book is when Lisa sews a new button onto Corduroy’s overalls, telling him, “I like you the way you are, but you’ll be more comfortable with your shoulder strap fastened.”

We don’t know much about our future child, but we do know that she or he will be well-read!

How about you? What’s your favorite children’s book?


One Response to “Book It!”

  1. Dave says:

    Alexander… and Corduroy are both two of my favorites as both a kid and a parent – good choices! Ezra Jack Keats books are classic (especially The Snowy Day and Whistle For Willie), and we’ve also enjoyed reading the Anatole books by Eve Titus with our boys.

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