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!
With Mother's Day coming up this Sunday, I thought it only appropriate to feature some of our favorite books about beautiful, amazing moms and the joy of motherhood. (Don't worry, dads. You'll get your own featured stories come June.) If I had been thinking ahead, I would have saved On the Night You Were Born for this week, but fortunately there are plenty of other wonderful books to share! I Love My Mommy Because... is a beautiful little story about the many ways in which mothers of all species care for their babies. It starts off with a mother and her child snuggling in a chair doing our favorite thing, reading. "I love my mommy because... she reads me stories." Next come the animal mothers and their young, complete with the appropriate names for each above each picture. I love my mommy because... "she listens when I talk (cat and kitten)... She swims with me (gray whale and calf)... She gives me great big hugs (panda and cub.)" My son's favorite page features the mother hen taking her chicks for a walk and the pig letting her piglets play in the mud. The text is sweet and simple, and the illustrations of the various animals and their young are wonderful. My son, daughter and I all love reading this one, and I especially love how it shows the way animal mommies love and care for their babies, too. We have the board book version, which is great for sharing with even the youngest readers. This is one of many stories that would make a perfect Mother's Day gift!
As anyone living in New England will tell you, this winter's weather has been particularly brutal. Consequently, my family and I have spent a lot of time cozied up on the couch reading stories and sipping hot cocoa, and have made many trips to our local library. I just love the feeling of discovering a wonderful new story, but often find it is not as easy as it might seem (though perhaps this is because I am usually chasing my 3 year old around the library or trying to keep my 6 month old from chewing on all of the books.) So begins my quest to find a great new book to read to my little ones every day for a year. And I don't mean just any good book. I mean one that I won't mind reading 10 times in a row. One that we'll read so often and love so much that we'll need to go out and get our own copy. My friends have shared their personal favorites with me and I am happy to do the same with you. Thanks for joining our journey!
Busy Mom Disclaimer:
Ideally, my great-book-a-day-for-a-year blog would have one amazing post for each calendar day and be all neat and tidy like that. But I know myself too well. And besides, I'm looking for the best of the best here. I don't want to settle on posting about a book that I don't love, simply to be able to add something new every day. So, my posts will simply be numbered 1 to 365. In the end, we'll still have a year's worth of good books (or so I hope!) Hopefully you'll find my list to be worth the wait. And please, by all means, if there is a book you love that you think should make the list, let me know. Just leave a comment telling me the title and author and I would love to check it out. I'll be sure to give credit where credit is due. Thank you!
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