Thursday, November 29, 2012

Countdown to Christmas- Preschool Fellas

Here is a list of what to give that special preschool guy in your life for Christmas this year. I happen to have a couple of boys this age roaming around the house, so these are our tried and true, read so many times I don't need to look at the words favorites. Enjoy!

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Dusky

Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle

Skippyjon Jones by Judy Shachner 
If you can find these as books on CD, all the better. The author does such an amazing job reading them!
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney 

Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer 
An oldie, but goodie. 

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
All of the books in this series are fun, fun, fun! 

No, David! by David Shannon

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff
Any book by Laura Numeroff seems to make it into our top favorites-also try the Christmas book, If You Take a Mouse to the Movies.

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
I really love anything by Karma Wilson, and the Bear books are no exception. The pictures are wonderful and they are truly heartwarming and fun stories to read with little ones. Also try The Cow Loves Cookies.

Happy reading!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Countdown to Christmas....2nd Grade List

Christmas is just around the corner! I thought that it would be nice to have some lists of recommended books by grade for those special readers on your lists. I've indicated whether or not they're a series (most are) so that you can help young readers find lots of books that they love!

2nd grade list:

The Adventures of Nanny PigginsAlvin Ho by Lenore Look (series)

Zoobreak by Gordon Korman

Framed by Gordon Korman

Bunnicula by Deborah Howe (series)

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

American Girl by American Girl Editors (series)

Ivy & Bean by Annie Barrows (series)

Theodore Boone series by John Grisham (series)

Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (series)

Ramona Quimby by Beverly Cleary (series)

Nanny Piggins by R. A. Spratt (there are four written by this author-so fun!!)

Little House on the Prarie by Laura Ingles Wilder (series)

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (series)
** A Harry Potter note: please read these before your child. They get scary as you proceed through the series. Books one and two aren't terribly frightening, but that's not the case with the later books. 

Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol (series)

Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton (series)

Thea Stilton by Geronimo Stilton (series)