This post may seem a bit different than most but I was inspired by a book I just finished. The book is “The Reading Promise” by Alice Ozma. It is the story of Alice herself, and how her father read to her every night from the time she was nine, until the day she left for college at 18. The book focuses on the importance of reading; specifically reading to your children.
We love to read in our home. Every room has a selection of books. My husband and I are consistantly reading several books at a time and we read to our children several times a day. Reading is important for so many reasons, but I won’t get into that. Rather, I thought I’d just post a list of my favorite books for kids and adults.
I don’t profess to have even come close to reading every children’s book out there, but we have read quite a bit. To be a great children’s book, the story and the pictures have to be good. Here are our favorite picture books in no specific order:
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – by Judith Viorst
- The Very Hungry Caterpilla – by Eric Carle
- Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-A-Zoo – by Mercer Mayer (really anything by Mercer Mayer is wonderful).
- Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem – by Mac Barnett
- Where the Wild Things Are – by Maurice Sendak
Now for the adult books. Being a mom, there is very little time to do anything non-kid-related. Reading is one of my favorite pass times so when I take time to read, it has to be something really good. Here are my top favorites. This list is pretty hard to make because I could give a list of a hundered books. I’ll spare you though, and keep it short.
- The Harry Potter Series – by JK Rowling (I don’t care what anyone says and I don’t care if these books were written for children. They are WONDERFUL and the encompass some of the best writing I’ve ever seen).
- The Help – by Kathryn Stockett
- Wuthering Heights – by Emily Bronte
- The Book Thief – by Markus Zusak
- Jane Eyre – by Charlotte Bronte
- The Secret Life of Bees – by Sue Monk Kidd
- Little Women – by Louisa May Alcott
This is a small portion of the list, but I wanted to post the best, most uplifting books. Since we are a family of book worms, tell me what your favorite children’s and adult books are.