Family Library Collecting

It can be quite easy to collect books for ourselves. There isn’t much thought that goes into, “what books do i like, and would i like to own it”. Sometimes we need help narrowing down our choices, but in the end we tend to know our own preferences. Collecting for the benefit of others can be more difficult– collecting for children even more so. Your own children tend to take similar interests to yourself, or your spouse. In some cases, though, they can vary wildly. More-so, the books we loved as children are no longer the “popular” books. They are reading different titles and gushing over different characters.

Today I’ll share with you my choices for each age group. I’ll give you my current picks, of course, but current favorites stay current about as long as the weather. That means you’ll have to stay updated on your own.

  • Board Books:

    1. BabyLit: Wizard of Oz (Colors Primer)
    2. BabyLit: Don Quixote (Spanish Primer)
    3. BabyLit: Les Miserables (French Primer)
    4. BabyLit: Dracula (Counting Primer)
    5. BabyLit: Emma (Emotions Primer)
    6. BabyLit: Frankenstein (Anatomy Primer)
    7. BabyLit: Jabberwocky (Nonsense Primer)
    8. BabyLit: Jungle Book (Animals Primer)
    9. BabyLit: Moby-Dick (Ocean Primer)
    10. BabyLit: Sense & Sensibility (Opposites Primer)
    11. BabyLit: Sherlock Holmes (Sounds Primer)
    12. BabyLit: Treasure Island (Shapes Primer)
    13. BabyLit: Wuthering Heights (Weather Primer)
    14. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?
    15. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
    16. Goodnight Moon
    17. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    18. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! By Dr. Seuss
    19. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
    20. Inside, Outside, Upside Down by Stan Berenstain
    21. My First Book of Girl Power by Julie Merberg
    22. Seuss’s ABC
    23. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    24. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
    25. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Picture Books:

    1. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
    2. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
    3. Big Book of Girl Power
    4. Book with No Pictures, The by B.J. Novak
    5. Boy Who Loved Words, The by Roni Schotter
    6. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
    7. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judy Barrett
    8. Curious George by H.A. Rey
    9. Don’t Let Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
    10. Horton Hears a Who! By Dr. Seuss
    11. Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
    12. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
    13. Kissing Hand, The by Audrey Penn
    14. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
    15. Lorax, The by Dr. Seuss
    16. Mars Needs Moms by Berkeley Breathed
    17. Napping House, The
    18. Oh the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss
    19. Oh, The Thinks You Can Think by Dr. Seuss
    20. Pete the Cat by James Dean
    21. Polar Express, The by Chris Van Allsburg
    22. Princess and the Fog, The by Lloyd Jones
    23. Princess Knight, The by Cornelia Funke
    24. Rainbow Fish, The by Marcus Pfister
    25. Real Mother Goose, The by Blanche Fisher Wright
    26. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
    27. Strega Nona: An Old Tale by Tomie dePaola
    28. Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada
    29. Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
    30. True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, The By Jon Scieszka
    31. Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear
    32. Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss
    33. Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Beginner Reader Books

    1. Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman
    2. Cat in the Hat, The by Dr. Seuss
    3. Foot Book: Dr. Seuss’s Wacky Book of Opposites, The by Dr. Seuss
    4. Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
    5. Frog and Toad Treasury by Arnold Lobel
    6. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    7. Henry and Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant
    8. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
    9. If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss
    10. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? By Dr. Seuss
    11. There’s a Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Seuss
    12. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
  • Children’s Chapter Books:

    1. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
    2. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
    3. Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery
    4. BFG, The by Roald Dahl
    5. Call of the Wild, The by Jack London
    6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
    7. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
    8. Complete Fairy Tales, The by Hans Christian Anderson
    9. Door in the Dragon’s Throat, The by Frank E. Peretti
    10. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
    11. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
    12. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
    13. Jungle Book, The by Rudyard Kipling
    14. Light in the Attic, A by Shel Silverstien
    15. Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The by C.S. Lewis
    16. Little Women by Loisa May Alcott
    17. Loser by Jerry Spinelli
    18. Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne
    19. Matilda by Roald Dahl
    20. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    21. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
    22. Phantom Tollbooth, The by Norton Juster
    23. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
    24. Random House Book of Poetry for Children, The by Jack Prelutsky
    25. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
    26. Stuart Little by E.B. White
    27. Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
    28. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
    29. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  • Young Adult:

    1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    2. Book Thief, The by Markus Zusak
    3. Brother’s Grimm Complete Fairy Tales, The
    4. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
    5. Divergent series by Veronica Roth
    6. Ender series by Orson Scott Card
    7. Graveyard Book, The by Neil Gaiman—Audio book narrated by Neil Gaiman
    8. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
    9. His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
    10. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams
    11. Hobbit, The by J.R.R. Tolkien
    12. Hunger Games, The series by Suzanne Collins
    13. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    14. Maze Runner, The by James Dashner
    15. Outsiders, The by S.E. Hinton
    16. Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo
    17. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    18. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
    19. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Read To and With them:

Finally, I’d like to share with you the books I keep in my library with the purpose of reading to my kiddos as they grow. We don’t have to stop reading to them when they get old enough to read on their own. And should they become “too cool” to be read to, they can always be read with. You can choose to know –and share– their interests. You can share your favorites with them, too. These are on my “must share” list for my kiddos.

Books, like most things in your house, should be like the China in your China Cabinet: put them away nicely, teach your young how to care for them, teach your young they are not “toys” to be thrown… but for goodness sakes USE them. If you own a book, you should read it with your children. Okay, maybe not the steamy romances… lets say everything but those, though. Books teach us about other people. They teach us about ourselves. Even the worst of books can be fondly remembered –when shared over coffee and laughter with someone we love. Be that someone.




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