One of our favorite things to do is a family (and probably yours too) , is to go to the library. It may not be the best parenting, but I can get my kids to do almost anything if they know that we will be going to the library. It’s just one of those simple things in life that I want to record and soak in, because to my kids, the library is the place of thousands of amazing stories that just might help inspire their own life story that they are creating.

Right when we get to the children’s area, Gabe runs over to the children’s comic books. He loves comic books right now. Like father like son.I go over to the section that has books with cds, where¬† you turn the pages on the cue. Oh my gosh, these have been a lifesaver for helping me have time to get stuff done at home. The kids spend tons of time listening to these. They love the “Henry and Mudge” and “Minnie and Moo” series (along with many other books that we get).Miriam in one of her happy moments at the library. Her passion for the library is strong as well. Not as much for the books as the self check out station. She spends most of her time trying to sneak away to pretend to check out books, and I spend half of my time trying to redirect her.I was warned that Junie B. Jones is kind of a bratty little girl, and she is. But….. Sofia loves reading the books, and they are getting her pumped about reading on her own. Sofia is a pretty typical first child rule follower, so maybe it is fun for her to read about the naughty girl and dream of the naughty things she could do (but probably wouldn’t).

I have so many authors that I love. Have any of you read the Susan Middleton Elya books? They are so funny and adorable. They are books with English and Spanish all mixed together with really cute stories. My kids also always love the “Lllama Llama Red Pajama” and the other books like it. We always have to get an Amelia Bedelia book, an Arthur book, and usually a “Piggie and Elephant” book by Mo Willems. I really reccommend those as an early reader or just as books to read to your younger kids. They are hilarious.

One of my very favorite children’s books of all time that was introduced to me by my sister Heather is “Zen Shorts.” I don’t know why I haven’t bought it, because we have checked it out a million times. I think that I will get on Amazon and do that right now.

This book is about the panda Stillwater, and his adventures with 3 young siblings. I tear up almost every time I read this book, because it teaches me about letting go, being generous, how to keep perspective, forgiveness, and how to be a patient parent (through how the bear so patiently interacts with the children). If you haven’t checked this one out, put it on the list!

What are the books your kids are obsessed with right now? Which books do you love? Any books that have great life messages? Oh, and I would love to hear which books your kids think are hilarious, because those are gold.

Katie Carleski - March 8, 2013 - 9:07 pm

Oh this post is lovely! Reminds me of my boys. Some of our favourites right now are the, ‘Mysterious Benedict Society,’ and, ‘Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place,’ books. My second oldest loves the, ‘Nate the Great,’ books and remarked that, “even though they are WAY too easy for me now Mom, I still just love them.”

Story book wise, we have always been a fan of the, ‘Click, Clack, Moo,’ series and things by Sandra Boyton. All of my kids find the, ‘Bad Kitty,’ books hilarious too, which is great because the older ones will take them, and climb up into the tree house with the younger ones and read them out loud. Then I can hear all this little laughter pouring out of the tree house and my heart is happy because I know my boys are bonding over something that is super important in my life–books.

Katrina - March 9, 2013 - 8:20 am

Mo Willems is a complete genius. Everything he writes makes my kids laugh. I also love the books by Cynthia Rylant. I think the kids prefer “Henry and Mudge”, but her “Mr Putter and Tabby” books are my favorite. Lizzy thinks Peter Brown is funny, but I have only read one or two. (She read one in preschool, and demanded that we go get it at the library.)I also like Pat Hutchins, and Berkley Breathed. And if you haven’t read “Ballet Kitty” you should.Oh, and the kids love the Magic School Bus books, which take FOREVER to read out loud.

Kara - March 10, 2013 - 11:49 am

Thanks for the recs. I will for sure try the Nate the Great books with Gabe. Books for sure create so much bonding between parent/child and siblings.
Yes, when I heard that Mo Willems was a writer for Sesame Street, it all made sense of why his books are so funny. We haven’t read “Mr Putter and Tabby”, but we will check some out next time. We will also check out Ballet Kitty. Thanks!

adrienne w - March 11, 2013 - 2:09 pm

We love the library! It is one of the few places I will actually venture out to by myself with all five kids. It’s just worth it! Macartney got the Mercy Watson books for Christmas and they were a perfect beginner chapter book series. They really built her confidence and when she finished she just wanted to keep going. She really enjoys the Ivy and Bean series. I prefer them to Junie B. Jones. Still mischievous, but not as bratty.
My kids are very into non-fiction books, which is good and bad. It’s good because it makes me happy that they want to learn all about the world around them. But I really don’t enjoy reading books about deadly insects or mummification as bedtime stories! I’ve had to limit the number of non-fiction books they get because they can be hard to get through.
I will definitely have to check out the Zen Shorts book. I’ve seen it on the shelves, but we’ve never got it, for some reason. I think you’ve inspired me to take the kids to the library today after school! Wish me luck! ;)