I love books. I love how they feel and smell. I love how a cover can evoke memories that are soothing to the soul. I have always loved reading and I guess it is because my parents (especially my dad) made a real effort to read to us. In books, I found adventures and lessons and conversation topics. As I grew older I was the child who could sit in her room and read for hours. I read the way most people watch movies... interactively. I would laugh out loud, tremble with fear, or cry as if the words in the books were affecting me personally and I guess they were.
Now I'm a parent and I'm hoping to pass on to my daughter my love of reading. I know she has inherited her father's musical sensibilities displaying a pretty sophisticated taste in music but I am really hoping she has also inherited my love of words and books in general. So how can I help her on this path? I have been searching for books that are beautifully illustrated and engaging. I want her to remember the images now and stories later so I want to fill her shelf with a handful of classics that we can go to over and over again but I also want to be mindful of culture, language and lessons so my search is far from over.
For now she has the basics probably found on most shelves of parents with toddlers:
rThe Very Hungry Caterpillar
rGuess How Much I Love You
rBrown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?
rLots of Sesame Street Picture books
rSeveral colors and ABC's books
She also has some not so basics that are in Spanish and English as well as a few poetry books. I'd like to add other books that are age appropriate but more divers with lots of "lessons" that we can apply to her life so here is a brief (I could list hundreds but that's why we have libraries) list of other books I'd like to add to her shelf. They are in no particular order and in very loose categories.
What I'd like to add to her bookshelf:
Classics (in English or Spanish)
THE CARROT SEED by Krauss, Ruth; illustrated by Crockett Johnson
¿Eres tú mi mamá? (Are You My Mother?) by P. D. Eastman
La Mariquita Malhumorada (The Grouchy Ladybug) by Eric Carle, Eric Carle (Illustrator), Simon S. L'Hoaste (Translator)
CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM by Martin, Bill, Jr. and John Archambault; illustrated by Lois Ehlert
La mujer que brillaba aún más que el sol/ The Woman Who Outshone the Sun by Alejandro Cruz Martinez, ilustrated by Fernando Olivera
Los hermanos enfadados by Pedro Pablo Sacristan
IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE by Numeroff, Laura J.
OLIVIA by Falconer, Ian
THE RANDOM HOUSE BOOK OF MOTHER GOOSE: A TREASURY OF 386 TIMELESS NURSERY RHYMES by Lobel, Arnold
THE STORY OF FERDINAND by Leaf, Munro
THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY by Taback, Simms
Getting ready for Travel
YOKO by Wells, Rosemary
Cuadros de Familia / Family Pictures by por Carmen Lomas Garza
Las abuelas de Liliana / Liliana's Grandmothers by Leyla Torres
Going Home by Eve Bunting, illustrated by David Díaz
Sopa de piedras / Stone Soup (En inglés o en español.) by Marcia Brown, translated by Teresa Mlawer
P is for Passport: A World Alphabet Edition 1. byDevin Scillian
Where is Coco Going? by Sloane Tanen
Charlotte in Paris by Joan MacPhail Knight (Author), Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
One White Wishing Stone: A Beach Day Counting Book by Doris Gayzagian
The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth
The Big Trip by Valeri Gorbachev
Which ones did I miss? What other great books do you recommend? My child is about to be 2 yrs old but I'd love to get other recommendations that might be appropriate for kids up to 5 yrs old. We're not ready for chapter books but I'm a book lover so I want to hear your suggestions. By the way if you have suggestions on getting them to sit still and actually listen to the story or view the book let me know because as of recently I find myself chasing her with a book more than reading. Toddlers are so full of energy.