By: Kate DiCamillo
Raymie Nightingale’s world was destroyed when her father ran off with his dental hygienist. Now to correct everything, Raymie must win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire Competition, so her picture will be in the paper and bring her daddy home. There is only a minor problem with this plan and that is the fact that Raymie doesn’t know how to twirl a baton. When she signs up for classes, she meets Louisiana and Beverly. Louisiana lives with her grandmother and is determined to win the prize money so she can get her cat back and provide food for her family. Beverly is so sick of competitions that she wants to sabotage this one, so no one will win. This unlikely trio forms a friendship that will see them through difficult times.
Bear Stays Up for Christmas
By: Karma Wilson
Illustrated by: Jane Chapman
Bear tends to hibernate all through the winter season, which means he is sound asleep during Christmas! His forest friends are determined to make sure Bear stays awake this year, so they find several holiday themed tasks for Bear to do. Will he be able to stay awake with his friends, or will he fall into a deep slumber?
Cat as a Hat
By: Richard Lake
Illustrated by: Petrina Ong
A young girl experiences everyday life, while her precious cat, Audacious, stays curled on top of her head. The people in her town express their concern and disapproval of this girl and her cat. However, the girl explains to readers all the wonderful things that happen, when you wear a cat as a hat.
By: Lynn Floyd Wright
Flick is a puppy who was hit by a train, when a young boy finds him trapped in the tracks. It is up to the boy to convince the adults that Flick’s life is worth saving.
Flash and Fancy An Otter Adventure on the Waccamaw River
By: Tom Doran and Christine Thomas Doran
Illustrated by: Nancy Van Buren
Flash and Fancy are two lovely otters living on Sandy Island. Even though they knew of each other, their friendship is solidified when Fancy’s life is in danger. Flash comes to her rescue and the two of them explore the mighty Waccamaw River together.
How to Be a Baby by Me The Big Sister
By: Sally Lloyd-Jones and Sue Heap
The big sister is old enough to do many things and in this book, she points out all the things a baby just cannot do. Even as the baby ages, he or she will still be “little” so the entire family will still be by their side. And the big sister is looking forward to being friends and sharing memories with the baby.
Dear Baby Letters From your Big Brother
By: Sarah Sullivan
Illustrated by: Paul Meisel
Mike’s Mom is expecting a baby, soon. As a way to prepare for his new role as a big brother, his parents ask him to write a letter to the baby. Over the course of a year, Mike writes letters to his new little sister.
Santa’s Favorite Story
By: Hisako Aoki
Illustrated by: Ivan Gantschev
Recommneded for ages: Pre-K
Santa grew tired during a walk in the woods and stopped to take a nap. The woodland creatures saw him and thought Christmas was arriving early. As word spread through the forest, they excitedly gathered around sleeping Santa, waiting for him to wake up. When he did, he told them the story of the birth of Christ on the very first Christmas. After the story, the animals accompany Santa to the North Pole to help him get ready for Christmas. Santa teaches everyone about the best present of all.
By: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrated by: Bagram Ibatoulline
Recommended for ages: K-2nd
Frances is an angel in the church’s Christmas play with a very important line to say. The days leading up to the play, she sees an older man with a monkey on the street corner. When Frances soon discovers that they are homeless, she tries to get her Mom to invite them to dinner. However, her Mom declines to allow strangers to enter her home, which leads Frances to invite him to her church play.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Moms out there! In honor of this lovely day and the lovely women who raised us, today’s topic is about children’s books.
What is your favorite childhood book that your Mom used to read to you?
Mine is, Love You Forever by Robert Munsch! Mom and I used to read this book daily and I still have it memorized!
I got to say, I was beyond blessed that I had an incredible Mom, who encouraged my love of reading.
Tell me in the comments below, what book brings back the best memories of you and your Mom.