Tuesday, February 9, 2010

favorite books

I think there are certain books every family should have on their book shelves.

Books open up to magic worlds where so much can be learned and delighted in. And I love when books leave you with some great material for deep discussions with kids.

Grace and I just finished Because of Winn-Dixie ..I had forgotten how much I LOVED it. It makes me cry and has so many good messages.I think Gloria Dump, with her tree full of bottles and wise words, came out on top as my favorite character this time around.

And then, of course, there's The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread :Oh my word it's a good one....so much symbolism.

I've mentioned Ida B a few times too. It is packed with things that are so real...and so great to talk through.

And let's go ahead and add Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to this list, because, hey, it is the classic of classics.
There are other books that I adore not for any deep messages, but just because they are just so darn creative. I love these Keven Henkes ones:

Julius, the Baby of the World


And these two:

Officer Buckle & Gloria


And let's not forget Hazel's Amazing Mother ...
But this is my all-time favorite picture book.

You Are Special
Nothing can compare to the messages in that one.

I'd love more book recommendations. There are SO many great ones out there.
Love, Shawni

p.s. I made bread yesterday and didn't even take ONE picture. I even almost didn't blog about it. Now that's progress. I served it with this soup for dinner. Mmmmm.
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