What should I read to my grandchild? I love a good story and one of my favorite times as a parent were reading to the Warriors. Story time was a huge part of our lives right from the very beginning and I am super excited to start again with my grandchild!
And now… I can’t believe it, but I’m going to be a Nana within the next couple of months and I cannot wait to read to my grandchild. Favorite Navy Wife is about 34 weeks pregnant with our first little Pixie and her dear friends hosted a fabulous baby shower for them this past weekend.
Of course, I was overjoyed to send off a few little things. A little bath toy here, a little dress there, a few helpful tools for Mama and, of course, a few of my very favorite things – books. One of the most exciting things for me about becoming a Nana is the opportunity to read and share books with Favorite Pixie.
As I packaged up my very first shipment of board books for the little one, I began to think about all the really awesome stories that I used to read to the warriors.
Which ones will I want to, which ones will I get to, which ones do I need to read to Favorite Pixie?
There are so many, many great stories you can share with your grandchildren. Which one’s will I read to mine? Hmmmm. let’s just start with a few picture books.
Harold and the Purple Crayon: by Crockett Johnson (1955) – an imaginative story about a boy armed with a purple crayon and a load of imagination.
Caps for Sale: by Esphyr Slobodkina (1938) – A fabulous story about a salesman, some monkeys and a whole lot of silly monkey business.
Goodnight Moon: by Margaret Wise Brown (1947) – I love this picture book so much, I could probably still recite the words today. This book is the original Where’s Waldo?
The Story About Ping: by Marjorie Flack & Kurt Wiese (1933) – Ping, the duckling, is lost from his family on the Yangtze river. Great story, great illustrations. Who doesn’t love ducks!
The Clown of God: by Tomie dePaola (1978) – Tomie dePaola is a master illustrator and this is a beautiful story of a traveling juggler who has the opportunity to perform for faith.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit: by Beatrix Potter (1902) – What I love about Beatrix Potter is her incredible prose and use of big words in a simple story. She is the Charles Dickens of children’s literature in my opinion.
Tomie dePaola’s Book of Bible Stories: by Tomie dePaola (1990) – Every child, in my opinion, needs to be read the Bible and the illustrations in this version are absolutely beautiful.
Goodnight Opus: by Berkeley Breathed (1993) – Silly rhymes with fun illustrations. This was a favorite of Big Jon’s.
Corduroy: by Don Freeman (1968) – Dear, sweet Corduroy is missing a button, but Lisa doesn’t mind and she takes him off the shelf of the department store and brings him home.
The Very Hungry Caterpiller: by Eric Carle (1969) – The pictures in all of Eric Carle’s books are uh-maaze-ing! Plus the awesome story about self-discovery and transformation. Love it!
Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list, but it is a good start. What special books do you enjoy reading to your babies and grandbabies? I would love to hear your suggestions!