Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Books and more books

Wendy here. Yesterday I was browsing in a bookstore and found a lovely little book. It's titled "Great with Child" by Beth Ann Fennelly. I've only read the first 25 pages and already I'm in love with it.

The author, Beth Ann, is a teacher of poetry writing. She became friends with one of her students, Kathleen. She kept in touch with Kathleen and was with her the day that Kathleen learned she was pregnant. Kathleen was moving to Alaska with her new husband and terrified at being so far away from her friends during this crucial time. Beth Ann promised to write her many letters. She did write them and Kathleen treasured them and then passed them on to another pregnant friend. Once the letters got passed around a few times, Beth Ann decided to publish them.

It's wonderful writing. Just two friends corresponding over the joys and hardships of pregnancy and child-rearing. Check it out!

We also added a few books to the baby's growing library. Karen and I love to read and are excited to read to our Little One. We're so tickled, that many nights, right before we turn off the lights, one of us will read a board book or children's story to the other.

Here are the books we have so far. If you have a favorite or recommendation, please let us know!

Board Books
Time for Bed by Fox
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Hoberman & Westcott
Skip to My Lou by Westcott
On the Night You Were Born by Tillman
I Love You As Much by Melmed
Baby Faces by Miller

Children's Books
And Here's to You by Elliott
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Oxenbury

Dr. Seuss Books
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
Big Dog...Little Dog
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff
The Eye Book
Ten Apples Up on Top
Put Me in the Zoo
One Fish, Two Fish
Green Eggs & Ham



wenders said...

Oh, you might be sad you asked. My mom was a children's librarian... you totally need Good Night Moon, Cordory, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, St. George and the Dragon (the illustrations are amazing), Harold and the Purple Crayon, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Make way for Ducklings, and the Strega Nona books. I'm sure there are more... :) I adore children's literature, and the illustrations. Ask me again when the wee one is reading chapter books, because I could go on and on...and on. :)

nursevest said...

Hi guys,
I don't know if you two know that I am a children's book fanatic. I am even writing a couple myself. I will e-mail them to you to see what you think. My favorites are board books for young kid's that have rhyming, counting, colors and ones that teach things. My favorites are: Goodnight Moon, (as mentioned above), Big Red Barn, Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you see, Polar Bear Polar what do you hear, Time for Bed, Bill Grogan's Goat, Miss Mary Mack, All the Dinosaur books -How does a dinosaur say goodnight, How does a dinosaur clean his room, How does a dinosaur count to ten etc..., I could go on and on. Have fun with your reading.

Stacey said...

My favourites include..

"The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss since it's a great book about the environment. Love the rhyming of Dr. Seuss. :)

I also love Jamie Lee Curtis' "I'm Gonna Like Me" which talks about loving yourself even when you get picked last for a team, etc.

Then we have some great gay & lesbian books like "ABC A Family Alphabet Book." This book is great because it shows 2 mom & 2 dad families through out and the pictures are wonderful.

And then there are books I loved as a child like "Paperbag Princess" and others that we have in our collection. Plus we have a ton of French books since my wife's first language is French and we want our kids to be bilingual. :)