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!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 21: Harold and the Purple Crayon

We got a hand-me-down  copy of this book when my son was one, but, as I didn't think he was quite ready for it yet, I put it away in his closet to be revisited later.  Last week, a new friend of the blog, Rose, mentioned this as one of her favorites and I remembered that we had it somewhere.  I wish I had remembered to look for it earlier.  What a wonderful book!  My son and I instantly fell in love with this fabulous story of imagination.  "One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight."  So off he goes, armed with only his purple crayon, to create a marvelous adventure for himself.  The illustrations are perfectly simple, and I love the way Harold meanders along and decides what he should do and draw next.  And following him the whole way, of course, is the moon that started everything.  My favorite part of the story might be the very end, when he remembers where he can find his bedroom window:  right around the moon, of course!  Most of all, I absolutely love the fact that this is a book about the beauty of creativity and the power of one's imagination.  If you are like me and love watching your child's imagination take flight, this is an absolute must-read.  Have your little ones guess what Harold might do next, or ask what they would draw.  Create your own Harold-like story together and see where their imagination takes you.  It can be easy to forget, but sometimes all we really need to have a great adventure is as simple as a purple crayon.


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