Great Books for Children

Great Reads

Reading books to children is a pastime any parent, grandparent, older sibling, or nanny knows all too well. When the book ends, the cry for “more” or “again, again!” is sure to follow. There are millions of  excellent books out there, but I haven’t read them all! So here are my favorites.

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Oh my goodness, how I loved this book as a child. The first time having it read to me, I was riveted with suspense, a feeling I am sure at that time I had no idea even existed! If you have not read it, well I will not spoil it, but this book is a fun and entertaining tale that has been around since I can remember! It is sure to draw children in, and make them giggle when they realize who the monster happens to be.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
I am starting to see a theme with monsters here! A wonderful storybook and loved by many, this story is about the wild imagination of a boy named Max. After being a bit naughty, Max is sent to his room where he creates a world inside his own little head. It is entertaining as it is delightful. Published in 1962, it has transcended a few generations now. For added fun, dress up while reading this classic, that is sure to impress.

The Book with No Pictures by B.J Novak
Adults may know Mr. Novak as the ‘Ryan the Temp’ on NBC’s The Office. Now, he can add ‘Children’s Book Writer’ to that resume. This book is pure FUN. There are, as the title suggests, no pictures. At first I thought, oh dear, this will not do. After reading it to myself, and then my niece, I was proved wrong. The book is hilariously entertaining, for adults and children. Read out loud, it demands the reader say silly things and speak in funny voices. A truly fun book that will have those being read to in stitches.

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
I saved my favorite for last. This tale is epic in the sense it starts with a young Alice Rumphius, and takes us on a journey through her life. She longs to travel and see the world, and make it a more beautiful place. Using some flower seeds and a commitment to her desire, she makes the coast of her seaside Maine town all the more lovely, which in turn gains her the nickname ‘The Lupine Lady.’ A delightful story, that still makes me smile all these years after reading it.

What are your favorite books?

Written by Alex Draper:
Originally from Denver, Colorado Alexandra has lived in Vancouver since 2006. She joined Nannies on Call in the fall of 2014, bringing with her a wealth of customer service and administrative experience.  Alexandra has also worked as an Au Pair in Italy, Switzerland, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.  When she is not recruiting awesome nannies for Vancouver, she can be found reading, writing, and practicing yoga (emphasis on the practicing.)