I love to read. In my opinion, one of the best things about being a mother is getting to share that love of reading with my son. His bookshelves groan under the weight of all the books we’ve accumulated. I try to infect other children, too, by giving books as gifts as much as possible.
But it can be difficult to decipher what’s a good, appropriate book for a child. Everyone has different interests, reading styles, and likes and dislikes when it comes to books. While my son loves anything related to roller coasters, science, and adventure, he has not yet developed an interest in biographies, for example. So where do you turn for book suggestions?
I am fortunate to have a good friend who is also a librarian in Fairfax County, VA and these are her favorites for this year.
Shannon’s Top 10 – 2009: for Little Ones
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
Birds by Kevin Henkes
Otis by Lauren Long
Bye-Bye Baby! by Richard T. Morris
The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
A Penguin Story by Antoinette Portis
The Snow Day by Komako Sakai
How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz
Shannon’s Top 10 – 2009: Tweens & Teens
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park by Steven Kluger
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
In my house, our favorites were the Piggie and Elephant series of books by Mo Willems, Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss, and Grace for President by Kelly Dipucchio. Happy reading!