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14 July 2007 @ 08:05 pm
Loooong list!  
“Kitten’s First Full Moon” by Kevin Henke - ***** (5)
We LOVE this book and have from the very beginning! The artwork is GREAT, and it's an easy read that little ones will soon remember. It's about a kitten that sees the moon in the sky and thinks it's a big bowl of milk. Very cute!

“Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram - **** (4)
Such a sweet story about two rabbits going back and forth about who loves one another more...

“Gator” by Randy Cecil - ***** (5)
This is the latest one we purchased BECAUSE of finding it at the library. It's about an alligator who is part of a carousel that is saddened because all the children who once rode him have grown up. He decides to leave the carousel (which leaves a "hole" in his heart). One of the daddies at the zoo sees him, which happens to be one of the children who used to love riding gator as a small child. When he decides to take his own little boy to the carousel, Gator's "hole" is filled as he gets back onto the carousel to once again allow the children to ride. SUCH a sweet book!

“If I Were A Lion” by Sarah Weeks (Illustrated by Heather Solomon) - ***** (5)
I'm a sucker for great artwork, and I really love how this story is GREAT for interaction. It's about a little girl whose mom put her in time out for being too "wild." She makes a run through all the wild animals she can think of and compares herself to them. Very cute!

“Bad Kitty” by Nick Bruel - **** (4)
This is actually an "ABC book" that runs through the alphabet rather humorously. It's about a black cat that acts bad. CUTE!

“The Day The Babies Crawled Away” by Peggy Rathmann - **** (4)
Another library fave! LOVE the artwork!

“Time For Bed” by Mem Fox (Illustrated by Jane Dyer) - **** (4)
I LOVE Jane Dyer's artwork! We have quite a few of her books, and this one is PERFECT for little ones who are too wiggly to read longer books, but are big enough to enjoy the beautiful pages.

“Oh My Baby Little One” by Kathi Appelt (Illustrated by Jane Dyer) - **** (4)
This is a tearjerker for the working moms. I bought this when I was pregnant with Sophie. It's about how no matter where her baby bird is, the mommy bird is always with her in some way. (While baby bird is in school and momma bird is at work, she assures the baby bird that she's always thinking of him and keeping him close.)

“Child of Faerie, Child of Earth” by Jane Yolen (Illustrated by Jane Dyer) - **** (4)
Another lovely book with Jane Dyer's watercolors in it. I actually purchased this for Tori back when she married Mark and gave it to her at a meet-n-greet. It's a really sweet story about a faerie child and an earth child's interaction. This is good for an older youngster.

“How Do Dinosaurs…” (there are quite a few of these) by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague - **** (4)
These are really fun and spark lots of questions. I love the artwork in these, as well!

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And for the younger babies (board books):

ANY Sandra Boynton book! - ***** (5)
BY FAR, my favorite baby books!!!!! They're suuuch an easy read, and they're really easy for little ones to memorize.

Priddy books ROCK as picture books (Happy Baby series, Bright Baby series) - **** (4)
These are wonderful teaching books. Sophie learned a lot of her animals from these books, and her baby brother is now doing the same.

Where is Baby’s Belly Button? & Counting Kisses by Karen Katz - *** (3)
Not the best art, but the kids have always loved them.
 
 
 
Mandy - aka Mommy: little miss bossyfaerieface on July 15th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
hehe...we have 'Gator' (borrowed from the library) right now! ;)

of course, we love 'Kittens First Full Moon', which we own, thanks to you guys...

and 'If I Were a Lion...' is probably one of my favourite of all of Ethne's books. she grew tired of it after a few months, but I still love to read it!