Friday, May 30

Here's a distraction: Share your kids' favorite books

Earlier this week, Helen posted about "Chancellor Klein's no good, very bad morning." One commenter immediately noted the allusion to the classic children's book "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," by Judith Viorst, saying that she reads the book to her own son Alexander when he's feeling grumpy. Recently, the Times' City Room blog ran a long post about the best kids' books that use New York City as a backdrop, such as "Eloise," "Harriet the Spy," and "The Cricket in Times Square." Readers weighed in with their own suggestions and sent me, at least, running to the library.

As we all work on our summer reading lists, help fellow Insideschools Blog readers out: What books do your kids most enjoy?


TrudiRose said...

Both of my kids (an 11-year-old and an 8-year-old) currently love "Diary of A Wimpy Kid" and its sequel, "Rodrick Rules." My daughter also recently read the classic "The Phantom Tollbooth," one of my own favorite books from childhood.

Bronx_shrink said...

My 3y.o. loves "Llama Llama Red Pajama" by Anna Dewdney and "Don't let the pigeon drive the buse" by Mo Willem.

My 9y.o. has no favorites now but as a preschooler loved anything by Seymour Simon about the solar system and a couple of years ago was really into Captain Underpants.

audra said...

both my children LOVE the charlie and lola series read aloud. my 9 year old has read the diary of a wimpy kid and rodrick rules several times, and adored the extraordinary adventures of ordinary basil, charlie and the chocolate factory and charlie and the glass elevator, the twits and other roald dahl classics...BFG, fantastic mr fox. we just read phantom tollbooth together! 4 year old loves lil monster series, and so do i!

Anonymous said...

My 4.5 year old daughter's current favorites are Pinkalicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann and A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon. Earlier in the year we read Library Lion over and over and over...

bermbaby said...

Some of our NYC set, family favorites include:
ALL of the Lyle books by Bernard Waber
Abuela by Arthur Dorros
Tar Beach by Faith Ringold
My Taxi Ride &
My Subway Ride both by Paul Dubois Jacobs
Poodlena by E.B. McHenry
From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E.L. Konigsberg
Some we like to believe are set in NYC are:
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Norman the Doorman by Don Freeman
Art Dog by Thatcher Hurd
Outside NYC books that get lots of play include
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lundgren
Alice for the Very Young by Lewis Carroll
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
My Father's Dragon
Lionel and the Book of Beasts
The Giraffe, The Pelly & Me by Roald Dahl
Louis Slobodkin
Eleanor Estes
William Pene duBois
Edward Gorey
Shel Siverstein and
My 5 yr. old has been planning to open a bookstore(for 3 yrs. now!) in her future and has worked out a tremendous concept for booksharing/swapping/recycling/reviewing. When we made this list earlier, she asked that I not separate or categorize titles according to age, picture, chapter or anything-outside the 'nyc or not' distinction. She said "every book is great for somebody and that some books are great for almost everybody". We'll keep checking this blog for more titles. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

love the books listed here! great mix of old and new, classics and quirky titles.

but what are you doing posting at 2:29a? sheesh -

bermbaby said...

Hi Anonymous,
I was up watching a boiling pot; My kid had a high fever in the middle of the night(re:why posting at 2:29am?....yeesh).
Also, I'm one of those folks whom left this site up on their desktop over the weekend, waiting to hear if any 1st or K g&t applicants out of my district(6) had received citywide notifications.
I've already committed to a great private, with a generous financial aid offer but would surely pay them and take the seat at our only chosen citywide.
In simple terms: I'm just another currently cuckoo
parent, hoping there is an end in sight.
I look forward to any book turn-ons from this blog
and will check back soon.