A Grandmother's Choices of Favorite Books for Children

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A grandmother has the time to read to her grandchildren, thus furthering the bond between them. Children love to hear a story at bedtime and will enjoy the ritual which they will remember for a lifetime.

A Grandmother's Choices of Favorite Books for Children

Being a grandmother is a wonderful state in life. Opportunities abound which do not occur when a young mother is busy with all that goes into raising a family and perhaps having an outside job. Reading to my five grandchildren when they were pre-schoolers is a memory I cherish and still have occasion to exercise when I spend time with my youngest grandson.

Over the years I have developed a sixth sense of which children's books a toddler will enjoy. I list my top five picks here.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown - 1947 - This board book holds up well and is geared to ages 2-4. It is a soothing and reassuring story helping parents and babies alike to calm down before bedtime. The ritual of saying goodnight to familiar objects in the arms of a loved one is a double windfall after a hectic day. The children never tire of locating the busy mouse whose position changes on every page. The blank "Goodnight Nobody" page is always fun to laugh at. This classic continues to be a favorite more than 60 years after it was published.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein - 1964 - This favorite tells the story of the odd relationship between a tree and a boy. The tree gives the boy everything he desires - an apple, shade, a swing, and eventually its wood for a boat for the boy, and asks nothing in return. It is an allegory of the relationship between a boy and his mother who gives everything for her child and seeks nothing from him. At the end, the tree even provides its stump as a seat for the boy when he grows old. It is a sad story with some lessons about gratitude and selflessness.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle - 1969 - In this charming book, as the caterpillar eats, he supposedly makes holes that are present in the pages of the book. The story teaches lessons in numbers, in the days of the week and the names of fruits as the caterpillar makes his way through his food and becomes fat and spins himself a cocoon. A three or four-year old is enthralled when he learns that the caterpillar eventually becomes a butterfly. The Very Hungry Caterpillar has sold over 20 million copies and has been translated into over 30 languages.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems - 2003 - This is the tale of a pigeon who would love to drive the school bus when the bus driver has to leave for a few minutes, but the bus driver asks the reader not to let the pigeon drive the bus while he is gone. The pigeon thinks of many ways to persuade the reader to let him drive the bus. The fun begins when the four-year-old gets the chance to say "no" to the pigeon every time. For probably the first time in his life, the child is empowered to say "no" over and over again to another's request. The pigeon eventually gives up, spies a truck and decides he wants to drive the truck. A fun story for both the child and the grandparent.

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson - 1955 - Harold is a four-year-old boy who has the power to create his own world by simply drawing it with his purple crayon. It opens up the world of the imagination to the toddler who hears the story. Harold uses his crayon to draw a moon, then a path to walk on, then a tree, an ocean and a balloon, until he tires himself out and has to find his way home again. Cleverly, he draws a box around the moon which represents his bedroom window and he is safely at home in his bed again after his night of adventure created by his purple crayon. The children love this story which had its 50th Anniversary a few years ago.
These five choices of children's books will never fail to engage and engross the pre-schooler. They make great Christmas gifts and are sure to be available online or in your neighborhood book store.



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I am a retired teacher/ administrator for the Buffalo School System. I hold a Ph.D. in Educational Administration.
I write book reviews, film reviews plus a large variety of topics.

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