Monday, March 5, 2012

What's Hot in Children's Books?

My husband and I are having our first, and likely, only child. In setting up the nursery, I'm of course, stocking up on children's books, including many of the classics I remember from my childhood, like:

The Dr. Seuss Classics (That my sister tells me were apparently banned from our house because our Southern mother couldn't get through the rhymes. I had to read them at school.)

Mr. Men
The Richard Scarry Books (Mom failed at Dr. Seuss, but she made up for it by sewing us a Lowly Worm plush out of felt.)
The Poky Little Puppy
Goodnight Moon
and...Pat the Bunny

And what fun it is to read through these again and relive my childhood memories! (Although, as an adult I found some of the character development to be lacking and the motivation for their actions shallow at best.) But how much depth can you really create in 20 pages of a few words each?

Since I'll be a first time parent, I've been out of the children book scene for a while. And by a while I mean about twenty-six years. I always like to read the latest in YA, so my question is, what's hot in children's books these days? Are any of you parents? What do your kids have? What do I absolutely need to add to my collection? And are there any classics I'm missing?

Since I'll probably screw up most other aspects of his life, I'd like to at least make sure his reading material is top grade.


Brigid Kemmerer said...

You're having a boy? You MUST get the Mama Llama books. They are SO CHARMING. I think my favorite one is "Llama Llama Red Pajama." The books just make me giggle. And when Nick started preschool at age 3, he asked me to read him "Llama Llama Misses Mama" every single day.

They just released some baby-style Llama Llama board books that I was going to pick up for Baby Sam, but the picture books are really the best.

Another great board book is "The Monster at the End of this Book." It would make Nick giggle every night that we read it together.

Bobbie said...

My favorite children's books (I have four kids and grew up in a bookstore--literally: we lived in the basement of my family's store) are the Frog and Toad series. My youngest just turned 7, so I've been getting rid of a lot of the younger-audience books recently, but I cling to the Frog and Toad because they just feel like childhood to me. They're funny and clever and even poignant. All of my kids love them, and I still laugh every time I read "Cookies." I consider them classics.

Good luck, and congratulations!

Rachel Menard said...

Brigid, good suggestion! I'm adding it to my wish list now and Bobbie, I completely forgot about Frog and Toad but I used to love those too. It will be fun ro re-read them!