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!
To me, the beach and summer go hand in hand. I can't imagine a better way to spend a summer day than strolling along the shore, feeling the sand between my toes, and taking a swim in the cool ocean waves. I also realized recently that few things make me happier than watching my children play together along the water's edge. When I asked some friends of the blog about their favorite summer reads, Sharon Cerasoli recommended Stella, Star of the Sea. I love suggestions from fellow book lovers so couldn't wait to check it out. We borrowed it from our local library the other day and my son and I both love it! Thank you so much for sharing, Sharon! Stella and her brother Sam are spending a day at the seashore. It is Sam's very first time, and he's a bit nervous. The sea is big and noisy. The water is cold. He's quite hesitant to go in, but not Stella! She loves the sea! "She had seen the sea once, before Sam was born," so of course, "She knew all its secrets." Worrywart Sam asks his sister question after question, and each time, Stella has a delightful reply that is sure to bring a smile to your face. "Where do starfish come from?" asked Sam. "From the sky," answered Stella. "Starfish are shooting stars that fell in love with the sea." They find shells of all kinds, dig a hole to China, and fish from the pier, little brother asking questions all the while. "Do you think there are sharks in the sea?... Does a seahorse neigh?... Does a parrotfish swim? Or does it fly and squawk?" Stella continues to reply with her matter-of-fact simplicity, until finally, her carefree nature and zest rub off on Sam and he takes the plunge! I love the relationship between these two siblings and the illustrations are as fabulous as the story itself. I especially love the kids' cute, round bellies and Stella's flaming red hair. If you're looking for another great summertime read, I highly recommend this book. There are others in the Stella series, too. I can't wait to look them up!
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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