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Subject: Where do you even start?
Date Posted: 5/7/2008 3:38 PM ET
Member Since: 4/19/2008
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Hello everyone!

My daughter is one and I have just started building up her library. At times it can be overwhelming weeding out the bad books for the good books. Where do you start? Do you stick with authors, classics? I am just interested in what other say.

I have found I am getting books that I remember as a child. I also purchased Honey for A Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt as a guide. (it includes a good bibliograpy)

Can't wait to here your responses!

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 5:54 PM ET
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I remember starting my own kids' libraries.  They are now 9 and 11, and they each have overloaded bookshelves in their bedrooms!

When they were kids, I did start with the classics (Pat the Bunny, Curious George, Charlotte's Web, etc.), as well as books I remembered liking as a kid (Little Bear, Saggy Baggy Elephant, Winnie the Pooh, etc.).  I also stuck with great children's authors like Beatrix Potter, A. A. Milne, E. B. White, Dr. Seuss, Richard Scarry, and so many others.

In my humble opinion, a child can not have too many books!  When more books are available, there is a greater possibility for your daughter to find something she likes.  (You will, of course, be asked to read her favorites over and over and over again until you can recite them... verbatim... in your sleep!)

You could try going to a cozy little book store, or the children's section of your local library, and read different kinds of books to your daughter, to find out which ones hold her attention.  One sure-fire way to know if a kid likes a book: you get to the end and the kid turns back to the first page and says, "AGAIN!"  (Yeah... ask me how I know!)

Here are some books from my bookshelf that you may be interested in:

Busiest Firefighters Ever! (Little Golden Book)

Busy Feet (Happy Day Book)

Clifford Goes to Hollywood

Clifford's First Halloween

Clifford's Happy Mother's Day

Disney's: Winnie the Pooh's - Christmas Stories : Big Book

Disney's Winnie the Pooh's Valentine

Muffin Mouse's New House (Look-Look)

Rainbow Fish: A Fishy Story

If you see anything you like, I'll do a 2-for-1 deal.  Just send me a PM, or reply to this thread.  I'll keep an eye on it!


Date Posted: 5/7/2008 5:57 PM ET
Member Since: 2/21/2006
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I just noticed that someone has 4 Winnie the Pooh board books for 1 credit here: http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=116004

Those were favorites of my daughter when she was your daughter's age.


Date Posted: 5/8/2008 1:05 AM ET
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 At age one the sturdier the better!  Board books are great, so are tub books. My kids enjoyed plastic tub books as part of story time.  My children didn't have many favorites but that is partly my fault because I kept buying books at garage sales. For the most part I did not want to keep reading the same ones so I bought new ones.  My kids really enjoyed

Hands Hands Finger thumb(it  has the cat and the hat on it but not written by Dr Seuss)

Clap your hands (THis is fun to have them actually do what it says)

Quick as a cricket

They enjoyed sound books and still do at 9 and 11

There are so many good books out there at this point find books you enjoy reading. They don't care yet what is read to them.  I read my kids so many varities at this age just to expose them to books.  I even read poems to my kids at this age. They loved to be  read too. My children now write poems for fun.  Find a goodwill or that type of store near you often they have books really cheap. We have a valueland that does 10cent books on wednessday.

My opinion but the golden books are often really long for young readers

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 10:46 AM ET
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I also try the site carolhurst.com. I have found that my three girls (13,11 and 7) have liked each and every book that she recommends. My older ones like the picture books so well that they get them later the same night and read them to their dad!!  I also try to chose ones that are award winners...Newberry, Caldecott...etc.  I high recommend Patricia Pollaco...I don't know if it's spelled correctly. 

Subject: where do you even start??
Date Posted: 5/11/2008 8:26 PM ET
Member Since: 9/30/2007
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I just wanted to recommend Karen Katz books my daughter loved them at 1 years old she is now 3 and she absolutely loves books. If you want more recomendations I can pm you more. We read alot at home and we have come across some really good books                                      Bernice

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 2:59 PM ET
Member Since: 5/15/2007
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I'm not sure what you mean by this: At times it can be overwhelming weeding out the bad books for the good books.

I usually take a trip to the library and just start browsing.  Typically every time we go, we end up with a few books we love and a few books that we don't read more than once.   Once we find some we like, I add them to my wish list here. 

The bulk of our purchased books come from yard sales.  When you're paying a dime or a quarter per book, it doesn't really hurt that much if you end up with some duds.  I usually flip through them quickly at a sale, decide if the illustrations look interesting or are pleasing, and buy a bunch of books.  After awhile, it's easy to remember which books you have, which authors you like, etc. 





Date Posted: 5/13/2008 3:34 PM ET
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I agree with the others - board books are best at that age. We had some that were sort of Dr. Seuss Board books that the kids loved. Also, DK Publishing also had some great board books - touch and feel and things like that. As she gets older, I'd look for books that relate to whatever particular interests she has.

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 2:01 AM ET
Member Since: 2/21/2006
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I just posted a few cute little board books, if you're interested...  Grandma cleared her bookshelves of all the "little kid" books this weekend.  = )