Will You Read Me a Story?

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Where the Wild Things Are. Thomas the Train. Harold and the Purple Crayon. When You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

These are the books that have filled my life for the last few years. The names of the titles alone bring up memories of bedtime, snuggles, and “special nights.” Many of these books have been committed to memory through repetition. I love introducing my kids to the books I read when I was little and discovering new ones together.

A change is on the horizon.

The other night, instead of the usual selection, Elijah came out with Winnie the Pooh; a chapter book with minimal illustration.Β This fall he begins Kindergarten and he’s suddenly taken an interest in “big kid books” (i.e., chapter books). Although I’m excited for this opportunity to pull out books that I read as a child, but I’m realizing that I’m a girl…and Eli’s a boy. There are a lot of books that I read as a child that Eli will have no interest in.

That’s where you come in. I need your help. Could you suggest books for little boys? I want to make sure that I’m providing Elijah, Ezra & Baby #4 with as bountiful a reading list as I am Cora.

Just leave a comment below with your suggestion…I’d really appreciate it!

Danielle at Dancing by the Light put up a list of children’s books that she loved growing up and is what inspired me to start thinking of my own. Definitely check out her list because the majority of them are books that I too read over and over.

So, here’s my list — by the way, I’m not going to repeat the one’s that Danielle had because her list is so good. Just check out her list, and then add these additional ones to it:

{The Emily series by Lucy Maude Montgomery}

Everyone has heard of Anne of Green Gables, but I actually liked Emily of New Moon better. There are three books in this series (Emily of New Moon, Emily Climbs, and Emily’s Quest) and I still read them today; the covers are ripped off of a couple and the corners are all bent from when I was a child and didn’t use bookmarks.

{Heidi by Johanna Spyri}

This story of a little orphan girl who is unexpectedly left with her reclusive grandfather in the Swiss Alps always captivated me. The description of the Alps and the faith of the small girl in God and the people around her intrigued and inspired me. This is another one I still enjoy reading today.

{Black Beauty by Anna Sewell}

This one might do for Elijah and the other boys. I loved reading about the beautiful horse that began life in comfort and luxury and then had to learn how to live in a world where men can be cruel and work is hard.

{Books by Roald Dahl}

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a great book by, but I also loved The BFG, Danny the Champion of the World and James and the Giant Peach. I can’t wait for the kids to dive into these!

{Books by Beverly Cleary}

Anything by her made me happy. I loved the Ramona books, but I also read the Henry Huggins books. A number of the Henry books seem to be out-of-print now, but you could definitely find them at your local library. Cleary also wrote the Ralph S. Mouse books, which freak me out now, but I loved as a child!

{Books by E.B. White}

Speaking of mice…Danielle had Charlotte’s Web on her list, but another E.B. White book I loved was Stuart Little. I found a boxed set that has those two books and The Trumpet of the Swan (another favorite)! I definitely need to pick this up for the kids!

This list is getting longer than I thought it would be…just one more…then I’ll stop. I promise.

{The Borrowers by Mary Norton}

This book tells the story of a family of little people, the Clocks, who live under the floor boards of a house and borrow things from the humans above them. It’s so interesting to watch what happens when Arrietty Clock allows a human boy to see her and find their home within a home.

These are just a few of my favorite children’s books. What books did you read as a child, or have read to you? Can you suggest some good, boyish books for me to introduce to my little men?

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5 thoughts on “Will You Read Me a Story?

  1. I loved the Emily series too! Even just a little better than Anne as well. Did you see Holy Experience’s booklist for boys? She had some good titles to recommend as well.

    • I need to check that out. Thanks for the recommendation. BTW, you had so many of my favorites on your list already that I kept feeling like I was leaving books out. Haha!

  2. I’m not sure who the author is of all “The Littles” books, but they were some of my favorites.

    Also, when they get older, read them interesting classics like, “Where the Red Fern Grows” and “Summer of the Monkeys” I think my mom started reading those books to me by the time I was 6. Take care! :)

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