Story time is the best time of the day. Whether we're snuggled up on the couch or cozy in our pjs before bed, reading stories with my little ones is one of my favorite things to do. Everyone has a favorite book they remember from their childhood, and every day, parents and kids are discovering new classics of their own. There are many fabulous children's books out there, some of which everyone knows about and others we would have never discovered had my son not simply pulled a random book off a library shelf. I created this blog to share some of these wonderful stories with you. Think of it as a year's worth of the best children's books around, since no day should be without a great story. In the end, I hope we'll all have discovered at least a few new titles that will have made their way onto our list of family favorites. Enjoy!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 17: The Napping House

Of all the titles in our current collection at the moment, this is the one that most appeals to me today.  After being up with my youngest at 12, 2, 4, and 6am, I would love for our house to be a napping house today!  Alas, I can count on one hand the number of times I have ever managed to get both of my children to nap at the same time, so we'll have to settle for reading this wonderful story a few times today, instead.  We checked this out of the library recently at the suggestion of our good friend (and children's librarian) Melinda, and are so happy we did!   Thanks, Melinda!  Don and Audrey Wood tell the story of the napping house beautifully, from the delightfully repetitive and cumulative text to the detailed, expressive illustrations.  My son loves watching everyone pile up on the Granny's bed, only to have a wakeful flea set off a hilarious chain reaction, and I just love watching his smile grow bigger and bigger until the Granny finally breaks the bed at the end.   After reading this for the first time, he immediately wanted to read it again, and now he loves looking for the slight changes in imagery and reciting what is going to happen next. I also love the way the book starts out with everyone napping the rainy day away (who doesn't love to do that?) and the subtle way in which the light in the illustrations gently changes from gray and dreary to warm and sunny with each turn of the page.  The rhythm and silliness of this story make it wonderfully engaging for little ones, and it is sure to be one that we read over and over again.  If I'm really lucky, maybe we'll even get to read it before a nice long family nap sometime.


Lauren said...

In case you're interested in buying this one, Barnes and Noble ( seems to have more format options and better prices than Amazon: board book, hardcover, and lap edition board book. If (and hopefully when) we get this story someday, think a lap edition board book would be just perfect!

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