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!
We are having some CRAZY weather in Boston tonight. We’ve been under a tornado watch all evening and have gotten at least three inches of rain, with fantastically scary thunder and lightning. Two tornadoes have touched down in western parts of the state, but fortunately we're all safe and cozy in our house. What better book to feature on a night like this than The Bears in the Bed and the Great Big Storm? We received this as a gift from my brother in law two years ago and have loved it since the very first time we read it. At first glance, it looks like part of the Bear Snores On series, for it is also illustrated by the fabulous Jane Chapman. We just love her! But don't worry, Paul Bright, we love your story, too. "How the wind blew! It howled in the treetops, so that the branches bent and creaked and the leaves shivered and shook... Bear and Mrs. Bear slept warm and snug and untroubled in their bed." Untroubled, that is, until Baby Bear wakes them up and asks to join them, convinced that there is a monster outside. "'There's no such thing as monsters,' said Bear. 'What a scaredy-bear you are.'" But he pulls back the covers and invites Baby Bear in to snuggle up, warm and safe. As the night goes on, Bear's other little cubs join them in the bed, as well, afraid of the noises they hear and the shadows they see. Bear tries to convince them there all is no such thing as monsters, but soon enough finds himself being a scaredy-bear, too! This adorably delightful story is perfect for any little one who has ever been afraid of storms or the dark, and the ending is bound to bring a smile to your face. It isn't as well known as some of our other favorites, but is definitely a classic in our family that is well worth a read!
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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