Day 14: Good Books

I love books. I love the feel of a brand new book. The possibilites which lay just beyond the cover. Reading is so, so excellent. One of the things I most looked forward to as a mother was reading to my Maggie. It’s such a joy for me to see her enjoying books as she gets older. She brings them to me, three or four at once, then climbs into my lap and settles in for a story. We do this several times a day. She loves to pull “mama’s books” off the shelf and carry them around. I think she’s playing library.

There are so many excellent books out there for girls, and I can’t wait to re-explore that world with her as she grows more into her personality and preferences.

Today I wanted to share a list of good books that I am grateful for, to be able to share them with Maggie.

1. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

3. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmens

4. Eloise by Kay Thompson

5. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

6. Ballet Shoesby Noel Streatfield

7. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

8. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

9. Olivia by Ian Falconer

10. American Girl: Meet Molly

11. The Harry Potter Series (come on, you knew that was coming!)

12. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis

13. Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

14. The Borrowers by Mary Norton

15. The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Those are some of my favorites, though I could make a much, much longer list.

What are you grateful for today?


6 thoughts on “Day 14: Good Books

  1. Most of these books were the same one’s I enjoyed as a young girl. It will be so exciting for you to share this with your daughter as she grows! Would you consider adding The Hobbit to the list? My dad read it to me when I was 7 and I don’t think I have ever been more enchanted with a book than I was with that one. 🙂

  2. This is my FAVORITE part of teaching…the wonderful children’s books. Your selections are wonderful. Harold and the Purple Crayon…such a fun one. Patricia Reilly Giff and Avi are two of my favorite authors to read to my kiddos.

  3. What a great list of books for girls! Of course I love some (most!) of these for my boys as well, but I still secretly dream about curling up with a daughter someday and a stack of my favorites from girlhood. I’m grateful for beautiful children’s books as well!

  4. I LOVED the American Girls books! Samantha and Kirsten were my favorites. I have never read Little Women… maybe I should get with the program and pick up a copy!

    Oh, and of course, Harry Potter RULES!

  5. This post reminds me of when I was a little girl and I’d set up a “classroom” in my bedroom just so I could read stories to my stuffed animals. Berenstein Bears were always the best and I seem to remember being quite found of “The Popples’ Pajama Party” 🙂 I’m extremely grateful for the internet because it has allowed me to purchase some of my childhood favorites as an adult to save and share with our future children. 🙂

  6. I am thankful for audio books. They add pleasure when I drive to visit family. I don’t have much time to read, and so audio books solve that problem. they are good to listen to when you have a lot of house cleaning to do.
    And I’m thankful for libraries, where I get the books for free. It is like getting gifts.

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