I am a self-proclaimed book fiend. Children's literature holds a special place in my heart - I think it is because my mother is an avid book lover herself and taught me from very early on to love classic, well-written children's literature.
Beautiful, enriching illustrations are just a part of the draw of a wonderful children's story, and so most of the books we review here will have gorgeous drawings.
You will not find any lackluster books on this blog. No vulgar Dora, Spongebob or Disney.
We believe in books that beautify the experience of growing up and learning.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Little Critter Books by Mercer Mayer

I don't know how many Little Critter books there are - but there are plenty. I always seem to find one I've never seen when I visit the children's section in the book store. It's a good thing because my kids adore Little Critter...so do I.

These stories just center around a little...well...critter and his family. He's always getting into some sort of unintended (or intended) mischief and learning new lessons by the minute.

I really like the in tact family that the stories portray. Mom, Dad, Little Critter and his little sister and little brother. These are sweet, innocent, and usually funny stories that Evie and Beck really seem to identify with.

I remember these being my little brother's favorite books when he was a little guy too...how can that have been over 18 years ago?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mama's Milk by Michael Elsohn Ross/Illustrated by Ashley Wolff

With the birth of baby #3 on the horizon, I've been looking for books to prepare the kids for the arrival of their new sibling. I found Mama's Milk at the library and figured it was a good contender to teach them a little about breastfeeding. I want to come across as many questions and feelings as I can before baby gets here to minimize the shock.

This book features tasteful but educational illustrations of human mothers nursing their children along with many animal depictions of nursing. It shows breastfeeding as natural and normal. I think it is making them comfortable with the idea of mommy and baby being so close and connected in this way.

This is one I surely recommend for toddlers and older kids trying to begin the adjustment to a new baby in the house.

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Llama, Llama Red Pajama is a perfect book for the 3, 4 and 5 year old set. So adorable. So funny.
Baby Llama is sweet but he's also very impatient. Sounds like a couple of little someones I know...
Mama Llama puts baby Llama to bed, goes downstairs to finish her dishes and Baby Llama throws a major fit to get Mama back in his bedroom.
He gets scolded for his "llama drama," kissed and then tucked in.
It teaches a little lesson about patience in an entertaining, fun way.