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Books for Kids: Part II

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I mostly review adult and YA books, but because there are a lot of kids in my life, there are also a lot of kids books in my life, so here are some books for the kids in your life.

Books for Kids Part I

These are some good books for pre-schoolers and middle grade readers:

Dont-Let-Pigeon-Drive-BusDon’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

This is another fun book to read with kids–especially if you can get them to talk back to the pigeon, who begs and pleads to drive the bus.

He also writes the Elephant and Piggie series for kids, such as We Are in a Book! (I really love We Are in a Book!)


strega_nonaStrega Nona by Tomie dePaola

I’m a huge fan of old world tales, and this tale of Strega Nona–Grandmother Witch–is a lovely one that has parts of folk tales you may already be familiar with (at least I was familiar with).


story-of-ferdinandThe Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Ferdinand the Bull doesn’t want to fight, he just wants to smell the flowers and appreciate the beauty of the world.


mike-mulligan-steam-shovelMike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

This is another favorite from my childhood. I adore the steam shovel, Mary Anne, and how hard they work together.


caps-for-saleCaps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina

This is another story from my childhood. A hat peddler stops to take a nap, and while he sleeps, a bunch of monkeys steal his caps. The story is funny, but I love the pictures. I mean, of course a cap peddler would walk from town to town wearing all his caps piled one atop another on his head!

I also love the fact that the illustrations take place in no known country that I can think of–and that mustache!


Tikki_Tikki_TemboTikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel and illustrated by Blair Lent

This is a recreation of a Chinese folktale, and it’s another fun one to read aloud, reciting the boys name.


frederickFrederick by Leo Lionni

Ah, Frederick the mouse!

I love Leo Lionni’s art, and he has other books from which to choose, like Swimmy, which is also delightful.


Again, if you click through to Amazon and buy one of these books, I get a penny or two, which may eventually add up to a free book for me!

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