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Reading time. For my little ones, it's one of their very favorite times of the day. Snuggled right up against me, reading their favorite stories.
The only trouble is, as much as I love this special time, some days I feel like I just can't bear to read through "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", "Brown Bear Brown Bear", or "The Snowy Day" one more time. Those three are quality books with richly drawn/painted illustrations and fun storylines. But there must be more out there!
Last week, we set out to the library with one goal: to find Non Fluff children's books (i.e.: ones that look like they took about 2 seconds to write and illustrate; ones that include licenced cartoon characters; ones that seem to be devoid of all character). With help from the very patient children's librarian, we went home with a nice fat stack of books, and now storytime has been refreshed!
So. I figure that if I've been looking for this sort of children's books, you might be too. I'll be doing occasional, brief reviews on some quality books we've found especially enjoyable. If you have children's books that you love as well, please share in the comments, or link to your own blog post about it!
Bedtime for Frances:
Frances is a little badger who just can't seem to fall asleep. Through a funny and clever dialogue and pencil/watercolor illustrations, our children learn how to have self control along with Frances and stay in bed, even if they are not sleepy.
A Baby Sister for Frances:
When I was little, I used to check the vinyl audiobook version to listen to on my mom's old turntable, and it was my absolute favorite. Maybe it had to do with the fact that I was the oldest of a growing number of little brothers and sisters, but this book was always a gentle, comforting reminder that I would never be replaced.
All that Fanny wants in life is to have a Barbie-esque doll, but her mother refuses, feeling that it is "a bit too much for a little girl". Throughout the storyline, Fanny decides to handmake her own doll, and learns how much more special it is to have something that is made by hand.
Fanny & Annabelle:
Fanny finds some money outside and learns the importance of honesty and having a clear conscience as she works through the moral trouble of what to do by writing an adventure book starring her doll.
This book was a little hard to follow for my younger two, but Andrew and Elijah really enjoyed it. The story takes the reader through the journey of food, farm-to-table, and creates an appreciation for what we have in our pantry, and how it got there in the first place.