Children’s Literature

Children's Literature

Maybe it’s hormones. Maybe it’s nesting. Maybe it was boredom since my Chinese program wasn’t working (I’m taking an online class during my queasy first trimester). Whatever the reason, I spent almost all of yesterday preparing something I’m not in any present need of. And I loved it.

The title gives it away… I’ve been pouring over children’s literature! I read curriculum lists for homeschoolers, recommendations and book reviews, and looked up my own childhood favorites. I made lists (as Paul would tell you, I’m ALWAYS researching & making lists). Lists of story collections to last from baby to kindergarten. Lists of books for toddlers. Stories for 2-year-olds. Best books for 3’s. All the best of the best, of course!

After chuckling at my organization, Paul pointed out the good in preparing this far in advance: shipping books here isn’t cheap, and good-quality English literature is one of the hardest things to find. When we’re in the U.S., we can stock up on whatever we want for our child’s first few years!

What are YOUR all-time favorite books for the little ones, baby through age 5?

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8 responses to “Children’s Literature

  1. whitney

    hey lori ann! I notice that most of those books are in chinese, but I assume you plan to teach your baby english as well. have you come across any good articles/advice about raising bilingual children? when flavio & I have kids, we plan to raise them bilingual (english & italian)…hopefully this won’t be too many years down the road, so I’m trying to start planning for it now. I’ve already got a small collection of children’s books in english; should I start collecting italian ones too?

    and congratulations! I’m so happy for you guys!!

    -whitney

    • Hi Whitney! We have some English kids’ books in the U.S. that we’ll bring over after we have the baby. The Chinese kids books are actually what I use to practice… kindergarten Chinese is right about my reading level!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I think nightly reading aloud to baby and then child goes a long way towards language skills, so maybe Flavio can round up copies of his childhood favorites!

      The best resource I know for raising bilingual children is Gidget Loves Language. The blogger is raising her daughter bilingual English-Spanish and writes all about it. The posts are kind of infrequent but the archives have some good articles. Let me know if you find any other resources!

  2. ourslowlife

    thanks lori ann! I googled “raising a bilingual child” and found a few articles. most people seemed to recommend one parent always speaking to the child in one language, with the other parent always speaking to the child in the other language. I’m just hoping that’s not the “best” method because I hate the idea of my child having “special” languages for each parent. it doesn’t feel like a family, and I would think it would be very confusing for the child. I’ll check out gidget’s site…thanks for recommending it! we’re also going to talk to a couple of our friends who grew up in bilingual households…try to find out what their parents did, how it affected them growing up, etc.

    • We’ve also heard, but plan not to use, the advice of one parent/one language. For us it’s kind of unreasonable since we both natively speak English, not Chinese ๐Ÿ™‚ Living in China makes it a little easier: we’ll speak English at home and Chinese when out… usually. (We’ll still probably have storytime in Chinese at home, and private conversations in English in public). I think that’ll work best for us.

  3. No one’s actually been listing their favorite children’s books in this thread, but that’s what you asked for and I love books, so here are my faves: “Tell Me the Secrets” and “Tell me the Stories,” both by Max Lucado and Ron Dicianni. And there’s always the classics: “The Giving Tree” and “The Very Hungry Catarpillar.” Love!

    • Thanks for sharing, Julianna! I’ve never read the Max Lucado/Ron Dicianni books, I’ll have to look into them. I do love “The Giving Tree” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”! They’re both on the book lists I’ve been putting together as shopping/wish lists for the future ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Janet L

    Sandra Boynton has some really cute books. One of Rachel’s favorites was “But Not the Hippopotamus”. And while my reading specialist mother said these went the best in childrens’ literature, we also like the Mercer Mayer “Little Critter” series . Don’t forget Dr. Suess… Greg had “The Lorax” pretty well memorized after reading it virtually every night.

    • Little Critter and The Lorax are Paul’s favorites! We have several Dr. Seuss in Chinese (those are yellow and orange trees from the Lorax in the picture!) and Paul’s already made sure we’ll get a Little Critter collection for the baby ๐Ÿ™‚

      I hadn’t heard of Sandra Boynton but looked up her books on Amazon. Great artwork!! We’ll have to look into those. Kids books are great!

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