Monday, July 11, 2005

Reading is fundamental

Phantom Scribbler and her pixies are writing about kids' books. Rather than gobbling up all of her comment space, I decided to list some of Angry Boy's favorites here (these are the ones I have memorized):

Moo, Baa, La La La, Sandra Boynton
Blue Hat, Green Hat, Sandra Boynton
Where Is Elmo's Blanket, Nancy Stevenson
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle
Tails, Matthew Van Fleet
Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell
Perky Parrot Learns to Count, ???
Panga Panther Learns Shapes, ???
Minky Monkey's Busy Day, ???
Kipper's A to Z, Mick Inkpen
The King, the Mice and the Cheese, Nancy & Eric Gurney

I've also got my wishlist stocked with books for when he's older, so I won't forget to buy them for him when the time comes (think Lloyd Alexander, John Christopher, Alfred Slote). My wishlist is less of a list of things that I want and more of a APL-is-already-senile-and-will-forget-anything-that's-not-written-down list. Hooray for technology.


Blogger WomanoftheLaw said...

I discovered "Moo Baa La la la" while shopping for my little cousins, and it is now one of my favorite books. It's unfortunate that they've outgrown it. A 25 yr old single woman has no business reading this on her own time.

9:14 AM, July 12, 2005  
Blogger halloweenlover said...

I like the little prince! I just bought it in spanish from costa rica- el principito- because I figure I'll keep it until I have kids! And I love moo baa la la la also!

10:50 AM, July 12, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(sorry about the anon); I'm fairly new to blogging and haven't settled on a name yet. Names are so important, arent they? I debated my children's name endlessly too. ANYWAY . . . )

first, I love you. I've read your entire blog and check in all the time to see what's new :)

second, as the parent of a slightly older-than-yours child (3.75) and as someone who both loves and studies children's culture, you are in for a treat with books. At 2, you'll start to move into proper picture books, many of which are so very very wonderful. (a proper picture book is one that tells a story in words and a story in pictures; The words don't merely narrate the pictures and the pictures don't merely illustrate the words. They each tell a story that goes together. It's like a movie; you can't have the full experience of a picture book without either "dialog" or "image.").

Your list plus your "who" (at least as represented here) makes me want to share these books with you:

For rhyme, The Bear Snores On.

A wonderful "angry" book :), Mem Fox's Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild. David Shannon's No, David is also quite a big hit with the 2-year-old boys (hate to gender but this book does seem to appeal to boys more).

Dogs: Dav Pilkey's The paperboy and/or Dog Breath (which Walter the Farting Dog blatently plagarizes! How can people do such things?!); also Maurice Sendik's new bear book, which is "about" a dog who is jealous of Max-from-Where-the-Wild-Things-Are's teddy (look at the pictures, really it's awesome).

kindness: Ravishankar's (no, not the musician( Tiger, Tiger.

And, so many more, but I'll stop.

12:25 PM, July 12, 2005  
Blogger Running2Ks said...

Sandra Boynton--she's like the new Dr. Seuss :)

12:31 PM, July 12, 2005  
Blogger Phantom Scribbler said...

Oooo, another great "angry" book is Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.

Baby Blue is in love with the Brown Bear companion book, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Also Big Red Barn and Chicka Chicka ABC.

LG was and is not a big reader, and tends to trash like Thomas the Tank Engine Sells You More Merchandise, but he liked the Little Bear books by Martin Waddell, In the Night Kitchen -- I know you have that already, APL -- and Sammy the Seal.

12:58 PM, July 12, 2005  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Wow, welcome Anonymous and thanks for the great suggestions. I hope you'll let us all know when you decide on a name. Your mention of Pilkey reminded me of another favorite I have memorized (can't believe I forgot it the first time): the Complete Adventures of Big Dog and Little Dog. AB likes it so much precisely because we have one big dog and one little dog.

PS, thanks for your recs, too. The only reason I didn't get Polar Bear for AB is that the meter isn't as good as in Brown Bear. Seriously, I get thrown off by that.

1:06 PM, July 12, 2005  
Anonymous KathyR said...

The Piggy in the Puddle is silly & irresistible.

4:37 PM, July 12, 2005  
Anonymous Kristen said...

Some of our current favorites include:
-Sheep in Jeep
-Diary of a Worm
-Anything by Richard Scary (Day at the Firestation/Day at the Airport/Cars and Trucks and Things that Go)
-Anything by Helen Oxenbury (We're going on a Bear Hunt/the 'Tom and Pippo' series)

And I love "Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus." I fear I love it more than the children do.

We just got a subscription to "LadyBug" magazine for the kids and they adore it. It comes every month and has great stories. I think they have a "BabyBug" for younger kids. They love getting it in the mail and the day it arrives, we drop everything to read it.

I could go on forever on children's books. But I won't.

10:50 PM, July 12, 2005  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

We get Babybug, and AB LOVES it! I've had "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" recommended to me many times. Going to have to get that one, too.

8:38 AM, July 13, 2005  
Anonymous Genevieve said...

>My wishlist is less of a list of things that I want and more of a APL-is-already-senile-and-will-forget-anything-that's-not-written-down list. Hooray for technology.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who does this!

3:04 PM, July 13, 2005  

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