Fiona loves libraries so much I have to carry her out every time. She just does not want to leave. Ever. While I’m thrilled that she is so happy in the library, I am not thrilled that she picks out her weight in books and I get to carry a double load to the car.
But at least the books don’t squirm and holler. (Isn’t that why we all love them?)
So, since she is a library book expert, I asked her to identify the best children’s books we’ve read so far, this year. Here’s what I learned.
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Looks like I’ll be reading her The Chronicles of Narnia earlier than I expected.
While this giant list may look like we love every library book we ever bring home, that is not the case. We are fairly discerning about books! We have a dear friend named Ethan Long, so when I found out there is a prolific children’s author by the same name, we promptly checked out a stack of his books. Gorgeous illustrations, totally pointless books.
And those BabyLit Primer books that use classic literature (Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Les Miserables, etc.) to illustrate counting and colors and emotions? You’d expect those to be THE BUgh. Basically, if you have read Pride and Prejudice but you don’t know how to count to ten, those books are for you. Talk about a narrow target audience!
I couldn’t wait to read Jimmy Fallon’s book, but it turned out to be a waste of time. And this beautiful new book called Bloom, which has the coolest plot, but it feels like it just drops off right when it was starting to get good.
What a bummer.
I’m always on the lookout for recommendations of the best children’s books. We’re not into peer pressure, but if you like it, we want to like it too! So keep sharing your kids’ favorite books. We love hearing from you and checking those out!
Mom to two little ones who are way cuter than they have any right to be. Locavore, bibliophile, ambivert. Lover of architecture, the desert, and raisins. Caffeine free. Probably hangry right now.
I wrote about desert landscaping and urban water conservation in my former life.