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!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Day 156: The Quiet Book

Deborah Underwood's The Quiet Book is a fabulous bedtime (or anytime) read.  This lovely picture book creatively explores the many types of quiet that can be had in a day.  There's "first one awake quiet" (though I have to say, the first ones awake in my house are typically quite the opposite!), "Don't scare the robin quiet," and "Swimming underwater quiet."  My other personal favorites are, "First snowfall quiet," "Best friends don't need to talk quiet," and of course, "Story time quiet."  The examples are ones to which both children and parents can easily relate, which is what makes the book so sweet and fun to read.      Renata Liwska's pencil illustrations of adorable woodland animals are the perfect complement to the story, as well, with soft tones and subtle colors that make the book even more soothing.  We borrowed The Quiet Book and its sequel, The Loud Book, from the library at the same time, and my children just love both (though guess which one they request more often?  You got it -- The Loud Book.  No surprise there!)    Both stories are equally delightful, so please consider this a recommendation for both!

For even more fun, try making your own list after you've finished reading the story.  What types of quiet and loud do you experience, know, or love?   Here are some examples my son and I came up with.  Can you tell how much he loves animals and dinosaurs?  Feel free to share yours in the comments below!

Firefly quiet
Listening for Santa quiet
About to pounce like a tiger quiet
Prowling jaguar quiet
Don't go near a T Rex quiet
Sleeping sister quiet
Getting into trouble quiet
Lapping waves quiet

Fire truck siren loud
T Rex loud
Leopard roaring loud
Velociraptors loud
The Pigeon loud ("Let me drive the bus!!")
Dump truck loud
Train loud
Silly sister loud
Tickles loud


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