As I wrote in my introductory post, the lists on Beloved Bookshelf are far from finished and I am continually adding new titles. Here is a list of the recent additions:
Going to Sleep on the Farm by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
“How does a cow go to sleep–tell me how?” A spectacular book for toddlers. Great for fostering curiosity. My two-year-old is still asking me questions in the cadence I read the book in.
The Lord Is My Shepherd: The Twenty-Third Psalm illustrated by Tasha Tudor
An illustrated page is given to each line of Psalm 23 in this book by the incomparable Tasha Tudor. A wonderful book for a child to reflect on the meaning of the Psalm’s words. Also recommended: Give Us This Day: The Lord’s Prayer illustrated by Tasha Tudor
Big Blue Whale by Nicola Davies
Engaging science book about the patterns and habits of one of the greatest creatures of the sea, the blue whale.
Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Poetry and Color by Mary O’Neill
My excitement about this book of poems was what prompted me to finally sit down and write this post. Many memorable lines from even our first read, such as:
“Think of what starlight and lamplight would lack, / diamonds and fireflies, if they couldn’t lean against Black”
“Yellow’s sweet corn, ripe oats, / hummingbirds’ little throats / Summer squash and Chinese silk / the cream on top of Jersey milk”
Favorite Poems Old and New by Helen Ferris, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
A timeless collection of poems for children. It’s the one I reach for the most to read aloud from.
“If your children think they don’t like poetry, expose them to this collection . . . and I defy them to resist its magic.” – from Kirkus Reviews
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti
Be aware: one image is not suitable for young children.
The famous story of the puppet who becomes a real boy. I cannot recommend Innocenti’s illustrations enough. They are magnificent and so Italian.
Happy Little Family by Rebecca Caudill
Charming story about a family of children who grow up in the hills of Kentucky.
“But I do the same things every day,” said Chris. I feed the horse, and plow, and cut stovewood. Some days I go fishing. Some days I go to play with Andy Watterson. The same things happen every day. I use my head the same way every day. I don’t see any chance to prove that I am either brave or wise.” Chris couldn’t understand Father at all. “Some days are different,” said Father. “Some day when you don’t expect it, a chance to prove you are brave and wise will be standing right in front of you.”
Miss Suzy by Miriam Young
Endearing story about a box of toy soldiers coming to a friendly squirrel’s aid when some not-so-friendly squirrels push her out of her home. Illustrated by the talented Arnold Lobel.
Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illustrated by Susan Jeffers
A section of Longfellow’s epic poem about the Onondaga chief Hiawatha, illustrated by Susan Jeffers. Jeffers had a great love for this poem since childhood and her incredible illustrations show it.
More beloved fairy tales to read: “Toads and Diamonds” by Charles Perrault and “The Wild Swans” by Hans Christian Andersen
You can find these tales in the collected works of their authors. I am also currently reviewing and comparing several picture book versions of “The Wild Swans” for my fairy tales booklist.
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