These are favorites for 2 reasons:
1) I actually enjoy reading them. There are plenty of books I DO NOT enjoy reading: Fox in Socks, most Curious George stories, Clifford or anything like it, and plenty of others. When I actually laugh and or cry during a children's book, I count it as a win for all parties. Also,
2) I like these books/authors as a nice middle ground between long chapter books without many pictures, like Little House on the Prairie or the Narnia books. I have read a few longer chapter books with Naomi and it was always kind of sad how it excluded Bernadette because she just couldn't sit for that long with no pictures. These are great for both girls, even Lucy will sit through some of them.
Here you go:
1) Beatrix Potter's The World of Peter Rabbit My wonderful Mother-in-law got this set for Lucy and Bernadette for their birthdays recently and we have been loving it- ALL of us! I actually laugh during them and love her little plots and how they unfold. The character names and the language make the reading so much more interesting, and it is even more delightful if you read them in an English accent- try it, you will love it.
2) Anatole books I had never heard of these, but Mike must have read them as a kid because he got us the first one and the girls loved it so much that we've been stocking up on others in the set too. The main character in all the books is a mouse who feels bad for stealing food from peoples' homes so he gets a legit job at a cheese factory to make a living for his family- marriage and family, upright living, plus you can read these in a French accent since he is a little French mouse living in Paris- very fun.
3) The Clown of God I LOVE this book, but I can't read it too much because I literally cannot not cry. Such a beautiful story, if you have never read it to your kids I highly recommend it. That's all.
4) Virginia Lee Burton books I love how old-timey these are, I realize how stupid I sound saying that, but it is true. They are classic, the illustrations are great, all the stories are super sweet and for some reason the The Little House makes me cry almost every time. But then I'm a crier.
5) Robert McCloskey books I love Blueberries for Sal and One Morning in Maine the best, but Make Way for Ducklings is great too. We have the set I linked too and some of the longer ones are really fun too.
So there you have it, my children will benefit from this post because now I feel especially motivated to read, read, read tomorrow. Have a lovely Wednesday night!