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!
Pete the Cat is one fun feline. We first heard this story at a library story time a few months back, and it was an instant hit with all of the kids in the room. There are several books in the Pete the Cat series, but I've only had the privilege of reading two of them so far. They always seem to be checked out of the library, which is always a good sign that a book is awesome. In Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, the ever-fabulous Pete is just rolling along, loving life, when one of the buttons pops off his favorite shirt. But does he cry? "Goodness, no! Buttons come and buttons go!" He just keeps on singing his song. One by one, Pete's buttons pop off, until there are none left. Even so, happy ol' Pete still finds something to sing about. I just love Pete's attitude, and the funky, colorful illustrations and catchy little tune make the book fantastically fun to read. Be sure to let yourself really get into the groove while you're reading it, too. It's much more fun that way! Pete gives us all a good reminder about not sweating the small stuff, and your children might even find that they learn some subtraction facts along the way, as well. My kids love everything about this book, and given how many times they have been asking to read it lately, it's a good thing I do, too.
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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