James + Reece + Lola + Jessica

James + Reece + Lola + Jessica

Friday, February 19, 2010


I love stories.

Stories that I can't put down.
Stories that make me scared to turn off the light.
Stories that make me cry.
Stories that make me laugh.
Stories that make me want to be a superhero.
Stories that make me want to pull my hair out.
Stories that make me wish I lived in another time.
Stories that help me learn where I'm from.
Stories that help me decide who I want to be.

Maybe that's why I chose to build a career in journalism. I get to tell all kinds of stories on a daily basis. Sometimes it backfires though, as I am forced to tell stories I wish no one had to hear.

Though I'll take a good story in any form, my preferred method is reading. I've always thought it would be awesome to spend the night in a Barnes and Noble. Yeah, a museum would be fun too, but who wouldn't love to have an entire library of all kinds of books at their disposal? Plus, you could curl up on one of those comfy couches and make yourself a nice cup of Starbucks hot chocolate.


Though I held off buying many clothes for Lola before she was born, I could not control my desire to build her library. I spent countless hours (and dollars) wandering through bookstore after bookstore. Reece and spent an entire night discussing our favorite books from our childhood, only adding to the obsession.

As much as I love reading my books, I love reading Lola's books even more.

Lola, however, is more interested in chewing on the books than actually reading them.

So my question is, what are your favorite children's books? What are your favorite big people books? We are in need of some new reading material around here, and I would love to hear your suggestions.


Drae said...

I have two childrens books that I love and have yet to add to our collection. They are: The Paperbag Princess- The Prince ends up being a pretty boy, jerk and the girl is the hero. The other one is: There's a Monster at the End of this Book. This book is read best by my 10 year old niece. I'm sure there are many, many more, but those are 2 of my favs.

Kimba said...

I'm collecting the sweet board books by Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich. (In My Nest, In mY Tree, etc.) Absolutely beautiful illustrations, and Wyatt's loved them.

I'm also gathering a few of the old Golden Classics, like Little Red Hen (his fav), the Three Bears, and Good Night Little Bear. Loved those as a kid, and I love that he loves them!

Shallee said...

The Pout-Pout Fish! It's one of my favorites!

Amy said...

You've probably read the Hunger Games but that has been one of my favorites this past year. (Not a kids' book). :)

marissa said...

Favorite little kid book: Harold and the Purple Crayon

Favorite bigger kid books: the Moomintroll series

Favorite big people book: Great Expectations (never want it to end.)

mathistown said...

Oh my goodness, you should see our children's library in our so-far childless house! I LOVE children's books so much.

Here are some favorites: a series including Bear Wants More and Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson {illustrations are FANTASTIC}; anything by Eric Carle, Tomi DePaola, Jan Brett, Dr. Seuss or Leo Leonni were favs for me as a kid; You're All My Favorites by Sam Bratney {I tear up EVERY time I look at it}; and the books in the Give a Mouse a Cookie series.

Just to name a few. :)

Mal Mecham said...

Jess, I love love Kevin Henkes. Chester's Way, Julius, Baby of the Universe etc. They're incredible! As far as grown-up books? I just read The Boy Next Door by Meggin Cabot and it's hi-larious. :)

Kim said...

Already been said, but I like Hunger Games. As for kid books... anything Eric Carle (also previously noted). I'm very impressed with her library. What a lucky little girl!

Barbara said...

Anything by Audra Woods and I Love You for Always. Makes me cry.

Jenna said...

My favorite childhood book was The Giving Tree. Now that I am older, I can't really read it without getting emotional.

Also, Oh The Places You'll Go! Amazing book. It also warms my heart to tears, unfortunately. I suppose that comes with motherhood.

Amy said...

Anything Richard Scarry, Seuss, and Carle. My mom just gave me "Someday" and it is fantastic. I love anything that's made of cardboard (you know...because of the eating...).

I'm gonna have to come back to this, because it's the kind of question that will haunt me in the middle of the night. I'll wake up at 2am with a really great book for you and I hope I'll remember to tell you about it. :D

Kate said...

I might have to just do my own blog post about this because I could never pick just one! (Or five ... or ten.)

Lisa and Mark said...

No way - Great expectations sucks.

Anyways, by baby-friendly do you mean stuff she'll enjoy? Or stuff that won't drive her nuts? Because you can do anything here with a baby, you just need to pack a Bjorn.

The things that would be most fun for her: Sutro Baths (because they're outside), Golden Gate Park (same reason), and Farmers Market (same reason.)

For you guys, I would suggest the usual: Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39, Twin Peaks (best view of the city). But I'm sure you've seen all these? There's also a hike near Baker's Beach, supposedly, which I've never been on. I just love Golden Gate Park on a nice day. Union Square is amazing.

I don't think that any of the museums are worth paying for here, to be honest. But if you're here on a weekend, you'll miss the free days (first Tues/Wed of month).

email me if you have more questions!

Courtney said...

We love stories, too. Our favorite at the moment is Llama Llama Red Pajama.

I talked to Shara on Friday. We're thinking about lunch on Tuesday. Does that work for you? I ask you every time, but I can't remember what days you work.

And, shopping always sounds fun!

Sandra said...

Both kids loved Miss Rumphius, and Chloe enjoyed The Seven Chinese Sisters the most as a little girl. To this day, she has a huge library and absolutely loves to read. A great one for working moms is When Momma Comes Home Tonight. I think I can still recite it from memory! If you are interested in any of these, let me know. I'd be happy to track them down and send them to add to Lola's library!

siovhan said...

I LOVE Olivia but I see you already have that one. I loved Ferdinand the Bull, Alander and the No Good Very Bad Day, The Kissing Hand, Click Clack Moo (and the rest of that series/by that author: Doreen Cronin), Corduroy the Bear, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom... and so many more. I apparently really love kids books.

Jonny and Carissa said...

kennedy loves chica chica boom boom by bill martin jr. and my favorite book as a kid was where the wild things are. we also like the book you are special by max lucado.

I like the book "a modern girl's guide to life"... it's not really a book you read through but because I'm not domestic at all, it was very informational. I'm reading Valley of the Dolls right now by Jacqueline Susann. so far I like it.

Jessica and Reecey said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the suggestions! My debit card is already screaming in pain from the mere anticipation of my book-buying spree.

steph, brent, and joaquin said...

I haven't scrutinized your treasure trove, but I love "no, David!" and "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch. The first makes you laugh (especially the illustrations). Mom read me the second, always made her cry. Now I get why.

Eric and Lindsay said...

For children's books, we used to read The Napping House, The Kissing Hand, and I Love You Forever. Cutest books.