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Sunday, April 01, 2007

This post is for Cousin Savannah

Aunt Sharon is asking for children's book suggestions to help her daughter:
I'm hoping to start little Savannah her own book collection and I'm asking for suggestions from family and friends.
Pat laughs and says our daughter hasn't even made it into the world and I'm already trying to force her into having a love for reading. I just think the love of books will come naturally to a child of two newspaper people... but I could just be fooling myself.
So, I'm asking for people to send me the name of their favorite children's book so I can put it on my list to buy in the future.
I'm planning to keep the list and write the name of the person who recommended the book so Savannah can one day read it herself.
First, let's applaud the parents in wanting to read to their children -- it's particularly important early because the brain gets mostly wired up by age 3. You can even read to a child in the womb.

Second, let's hope the parents are less concerned about whether she'll love reading and be more concerned about trying to talk her out of entering the newspaper industry. Ever.

Third, anyone in Arkansas who can read ... =)

No, seriously, let's post some suggestions here. We've got a bunch of babies on the way, as well as the already-here Lil' Genghis, so book suggestions in either English or Portuguese could benefit the offspring of Sharon and Pat, Rebecca and Josh, Sussen and Gary and of course Cristina and Robinho. (That covers some six English speakers and three Portuguese speakers right there, plus mom and dad.)


  • Some of my favorites:
    Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax," a book that teaches children about environmental sustainability, caring for neighbors, and the inherent value of exporting low-paying jobs and environmental catastrophes to other areas.

    Dr. Seuss' "Horton Hatches an Egg", a touching, wonderful story about a determined elephant who keeps his promise to hatch an egg no matter the cost. It has wonderful rhyming and is simply a delight for parents to read and children to listen to. This story also teaches that it's alright to steal babies as long as you've worked hard, but if you're a complete slacker you can still enjoy yourself in Florida.

    Mary Roach's "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" is a book pretty much just for Sharon and Savannah. Let's face it: The mom is going to need the distraction, and the baby is not going to have a clue what's actually being read to her -- just the fact of reading, with the rhythm and enunciation of language, is enough to help. So mom there might as well entertain herself ...

    By Anonymous dad, at 1/4/07 14:59  

  • By Anonymous mom, at 1/4/07 22:51  

  • By Blogger Melissa, at 2/4/07 07:57  

  • Ah, tambem o Menino Maluquinho e as Anedotas do Bichinho da Maçã...

    By Blogger Melissa, at 2/4/07 07:58  

  • Can I suggest what NOT to buy?
    - Cinderella
    - Rapunzel
    - The sleeping beauty
    or any other story involving fragile little women that need to be saved by charming princes. Down with the sexism!!!

    By Blogger Melissa, at 2/4/07 08:03  

  • First us gringos, English version of Melissa's first suggestion, a Brazilian children's writer.

    mom had suggested a Brazilian book (with or without translation) called "The Man Who Counted." I'll heartily recommend this book, too, but I'm not quite sure what the best age for it would be. 4+, maybe? It's not a simple infant's book with pictures, but it's a superb work for somewhat older kids.

    By Anonymous dad, at 2/4/07 08:14  

  • Yeeeeah, I forgot to mention that "The Man Who Counted" is not zactly a book for small tots, but it's a must-have in any kid's collection.

    I am also a big Lewis Carroll fan, BTW.

    Now on to small kids' books, there's one I find very sweet, it's called "Guess How Much I Love You" =)

    By Anonymous mom, at 2/4/07 14:17  

  • Su, que tal "O barquinho amarelo" e "Joao bolinha virou gente"? =)

    By Anonymous UncleRod, at 3/4/07 02:34  

  • Thanks for all the suggestions... and my husband agrees with the no "princess" books... he's already said our child doesn't need to have high expectations about castles, princes and such!
    Aunt Sharon:)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/4/07 12:27  

  • I can't remeber any books for tiny tots but when the child starts reading, here were my favorites:

    MrsPiggle Wiggle
    Amelia Bedelia
    Encyclopedia Brown
    The Secret Garden
    Where the Red Fern Grows
    A Light in the Attic

    By Blogger Rebecca, at 27/4/07 15:23  

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