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!
When I saw this book on the shelf at the library the other week, I just knew we had to read it. How could I resist a silly sounding title like Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!? One read through and I knew we had made a good choice. Mr. McGreely has long dreamed of having a garden, so he is naturally quite excited about the prospect of eating his own yummy lettuce, carrots, peas, and tomatoes. He gets to work planting, thrilled to watch his garden grow. But as the sun goes down and the moon comes up, three crafty little bunnies are eager to taste Mr. McGreely's vegetables, too. "Tippy - tippy - tippy, pat! Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!" Furious that his veggies have been nibbled in the night, Mr. McGreely plants a wire fence around his garden. Surely that will keep the bunnies away. Or will it? Each night, the bunnies manage to sneak their way into the garden, and each day, Mr. McGreely devises a more elaborate plan to try to keep them out. My son was consumed by fits of giggles the first time we read about the silly bunnies' antics, and now he and my daughter can't wait to shout out, "Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!" each time they succeed in breaking into Mr. McGreely's garden. The ending is quite cute and clever, and the build up of the story and repetition of certain phrases throughout makes it a fun read aloud for all ages. I was even able to use this book as a way to convince my kids to munch some fresh vegetables, too! We've been having fun reading this story this summer, especially after making a trip to our local farmers market. We hope you love it as much as we do. Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
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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