Friday, January 30, 2009

Evie's Library

My mom asked me if I would list out all of the books that Evie owns thus far, so that she can buy without worrying about duplicates. I decided to make the catalog a blog post that I'll keep updated (I hope) so Grandma can check it whenever she needs to. Hopefully by making comments about some of the books, I'll help out others who are creating libraries for the children in their lives. Please comment about books you think we should add to our library!

ETA: This list was reorganized on 6-20-09; books are no longer listed twice if they fall in more than one category. If an author or publisher has their own category it means we like that author or publisher a lot! :)

Jelly Kitten cloth books:

  • My Dog Book Evie's favorite book as a young infant
  • Peek a Baby Evie's second favorite book as a young infant
  • Dress Up Diggory Dog which made me realize Jelly Kitten is a British brand... Diggory plays football (soccer) and wears wellies

Other cloth books:

  • So Many Friends by Earlyears Evie's third favorite book as a young infant
  • Discovery Farm by Lamaze fun 3D animals to touch
  • Peter Rabbit's ABCs

Classic Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard:

  • Pooh's Bedtime Book by Grandma handmade cloth
  • A Two-ish Sort of Day by Grandma handmade cloth
  • 4 Classic Pooh interlocking board books by Seafarer Books
  • Pooh's Bedtime Book hardback
  • The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh hardback

Sandra Boynton

  • A to Z
  • Barnyard Dance! This might be the best written board book I've ever seen, so much fun to read!
  • Belly Button Book love it
  • Blue Hat, Green Hat
  • But Not the Hippopotamus
  • Doggies hilarious and fun to do sound effects
  • Dog Train this comes with a CD of music by artists like Alison Krauss and Blues Traveler, and it's not a board book
  • Fifteen Animals!
  • Going to Bed Book, The we almost always read this at bedtime, it's great
  • Hippos Go Berserk! J and I love this one
  • Horns to Toes and in Between
  • Let's Dance, Little Pookie
  • Moo, Baa, La La La! this is probably Boynton's most popular, but not our favorite
  • Moo Cow Book a cloth book, very cute and interactive :)
  • My Piggy Book
  • Oh My, Oh My, Oh Dinosaurs!
  • One, Two, Three!
  • Opposites
  • Pajama Time! very cute
  • Rhinoceros Tap
  • Snuggle Puppy! Evie, Mommy and Daddy all LOVE this one

Margaret Wise Brown Books:

MWB board books:

  • The Big Red Barn I LOVE this one; Evie likes it OK
  • Bumble Bee
  • Bunny's Noisy Book This book is too cute for words. The illustrations are so sweet and Evie loves how noisy it is! ;-D
  • A Child's Good Night Book
  • The Diggers
  • Goodnight Moon Evie's favorite book currently
  • The Runaway Bunny SO sweet. My favorite illustrations are of the bird/tree and wind/boat
  • MWB hardback and paperback books:

    • A Child is Born
    • The Country Noisy Book
    • Friendly Tales
    • The Golden Bunny
    • The Little Island
    • Love Songs of the Little Bear
    • Mouse of my Heart
    • My World of Color
    • Nibble Nibble
    • Wait Till the Moon is Full
    • Sneakers, the Seaside Cat
    • Where Have You Been?
    • The Wonderful House
    • Wonderful Storybook
    • Young Kangaroo

    MWB Little Golden Books:

    • The Color Kittens
    • The Golden Egg Book
    • Home for a Bunny
    • Mister Dog
    • Pussy Willow
    • The Sailor Dog
    • Things I Like
    • The Whispering Rabbit

    Other Little Golden Books:

    • Little Golden Picture Dictionary by Marie DeJohn
    • The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey and Gustaf Tenggren
    • The Happy Man and His Dump Truck by Miryam and Tibor Gergely

    Child's Play Board Books (all of these have cut outs and are fun to sing with):

  • Clap Your Hands illustrated by Kay Widdowson
  • Old Macdonald Had a Farm
  • Over in the Meadow
  • This Old Man (this one is paperback)
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
  • The Wheels on the Bus
  • Eric Carle books:

    EC board books:

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
  • From Head to Toe
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
  • Today is Monday
  • EC hardback books:

    • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
    • Eric Carle's ABC
    • The Mixed-Up Chameleon
    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Dr. Seuss books:

    Dr. Seuss board books:

    • Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? I love this one because it's fun to read as the parent
    • There's a Wocket in my Pocket

    Dr. Seuss hardback books:

    • The Cat in the Hat
    • Oh, the Places You'll Go!

    Other Board Books:

    • ABC by Playmore Inc.
    • animals by priddy books
    • At the Zoo by Sesame Beginnings
    • Baby Faces by Margaret Miller
    • The Bear Went Over the Mountain by Rosemary Wells
    • Busy Bear Celebrates Christmas by Hartmut Bieber
    • Cats and Kittens by Paradise Press
    • colors by priddy books
    • Colors by Little Scholastic
    • Curious George and the Bunny by Margaret E. and H. A. Rey
    • Cute as can Bee (made in Snap*fish) this features Evie as the star of the book but she doesn't seem to like it yet
    • Dinnertime by Claire Henley
    • Eyes & Nose, Fingers & Toes by Sesame Beginnings
    • Fall by Chris L. Demarest
    • first words by priddy books
    • God Made You Special! VeggieTales book (a gift from Uncle D and Aunt A and Cousin C)
    • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram this is one of J's favorites to read at bedtime
    • Hop! Peter Rabbit by Frederick Warne (based on Beatrix Potter)
    • How Do I Love You? by Marion Dane Bauer, Illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church
    • How Many Kisses do You Want Tonight?
    • Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus and Jose Aruego
    • A Lighthouse Saves the Day by Robert Lieber and Aleks Petrovitch
    • My chunky friend 4 book set illustrated by Sheryl Bone
    • Nursery Rhymes, illustrated by Susie Lacome
    • Olivia by Ian Falconer
    • Olivia's Opposites by Ian Falconer
    • Ollie by Olivier Dunrea
    • On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier I love this book! It makes me weepy.
    • Pat-A-Cake by Tony Kenyon
    • Peter Rabbit based on Beatrix Potter's story
    • Picture Me as Mom's Little Helper illustrated by Wendy Rasmussen
    • Playtime Peekaboo! by DK Publishing
    • Pretty Little Piggy by Playmore Inc
    • Splash! by Roberta Grobel Intrater
    • The Real Mother Goose illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright
    • Tiger in the Jungle by David Crossley
    • Where is Baby's Valentine? by Karen Katz
    • Zoophabet ABC by Cathy Heck
    Plastic (bath) books:

    • Elmo's Wash and Dry This is a hand-me-down from a friend and a fun book because it has magic colors that appear when touched by warm water during a bath. The plot is about Elmo having to give up his blankie so that it can get a bath in the washing machine.
    • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

    Christian Books:

    • The Animals' First Christmas by Gaby Goldsack and Linda Clearwater
    • Baby's First Bible by Reader's Digest Children's Books
    • The Beginner's Bible for Toddlers by Word Kids!
    • Bible Stories of Boys and Girls by Jane Werner
    • A Book of God's Gifts by Ruth Hannon and Rick Schreter
    • A Christmas ABC by Alice Gold and Linda Clearwater
    • David by Playmore pop-up book
    • Dear God... by Sophie Allsopp
    • Give Me Grace by Cynthia Rylant
    • God Bless by Brimax this one is SO NOT PC "God Bless Mother, who looks after us / All day and night time too."
    • God Made by Brimax
    • Great Bible Stories for Children by R. Lane Easterly, illustrated by Carlo Tora and Alvaro Mairani
    • Hermie: A Common Caterpillar by Max Lucado
    • Just in Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado
    • The Little Golden Book of Hymns by Elsa Jane Werner and E.D. Ebsun, and Frances Score Mitchell
    • My First Book of Prayers illustrated by Stephanie McFetridge Britt
    • My Little Golden Book About God by Jane Werner Watson and Eloise Wilkin
    • Noah's Ark by Barbara Shook Hazen and Diane Muldrow, illutrated by Mircea Catusanu
    • Small Hands Bible (NKJV) a gift from birth-great-grandmother V
    • A Stable in Bethlehem: A Christmas Counting Story by Joy N. Hulme, Illustrated by J. Ellen Dolce
    • Thank You God by Brimax

    Bedtime Books:

    • Good Morning, Good Night! Illustrated by Melanie Mitchell
    • Good Night, Sleep Tight by Simon Ludvigsen Gaines, illustrated by Maggi List
    • I Love You, Sleepyhead by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Simon Mendez

    Activity Books:

    • Bathtime Peekaboo! by DK
    • First Words by Publications International this is a write-on, wipe-off book for when she's older
    • My First Book of Songs & Rhymes by Trace Moroney (a gift from her birth family)
    • My Pets by Igloo Books, illustrated by Kait Eaton
    • Noah's Ark and block set by Golden Books
    • On the Farm by Igloo Books, illustrated by Kait Eaton
    • The Original Pop-up Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
    • Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
    • Silly Book of Shapes, The by Todd Parr
    • Spring Surprise! Illustrated by Rory Tyger this is a lift the flap book about Easter bunnies and eggs

    Interactive Books:

    • Barnyard Mystery by Pat Relf and Louise Hanavan touch 'n' listen Little Golden Book
    • Songs that Go by Fisher Price

    Adoption Books:

    • Adoption is for Always by Linda Walvoord Girard and Judith Friedman
    • A Blessing from Above by Patti Henderson the message about adoption is sketchy (the mama bird doesn't have room in her nest) but the emotions of the kangaroo are sweet
    • The Day We Met You by Phoebe Koehler the text is geared toward the board book ages but it is paperback...I'm afraid Evie will rip it up
    • How I Was Adopted by Joanna Cole and Maxie Chambliss
    • Rosie's Family: An adoption story by Lori Rosove, pictures by Heather Burrill more for a transracial adoption, we bought it for Lucy, but will still be good for Evie
    • Tell Me a Real Adoption Story by Betty Jean Lifton, illustrated by Claire A. Nivola

    Shel Silverstein

    • Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
    • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Other Hardback and Paperback

    • Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
    • Babar Learns to Cook by Laurent de Brunhoff
    • Babar Loses His Crown by Laurent de Brunhoff
    • Baby Beluga (Raffi Songs to Read) Illustrated by Ashley Wolff
    • The Berenstains' B Book by Stanley and Janice Berenstain
    • Book of Poems by Syndy Szekeres (A Golden Book)
    • Cat, You Better Come Home by Garrison Keillor (a gift from Deanna)
    • A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith
    • Curious George Goes to the Hospital
    • The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter
    • Down By the Bay (Raffi Songs to Read) Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
    • An Edward Lear Alphabet illustrated by Carol Newsom
    • Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People and War by Yukio Tsuchiya
    • Hey, Al by Arthur Yorinks and Richard Egielski
    • How Many Feet in The Bed? by Diane Johnston Hamm and Kate Salley Palmer
    • King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood and Illustrated by Don Wood
    • Little Polar Bear, Take Me Home! by Hans de Beer
    • The Magic School Bus: At the Waterworks by Joanna Cole, Illustrated by Bruce Degen
    • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
    • Meet Babar and his Family by Laurent de Brunhoff
    • The Month-Brothers: A Slavic Tale by Samuel Marshak, illustrated by Diane Stanley
    • Mother Goose illustrated by Aurelius Battaglia
    • Old Turtle by Douglas Wood, illustrated by Cheng-Khee Chee
    • The Pink Party by Maryann Macdonald and Abby Carter
    • Paddington Bear by Michael Bond
    • Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton, illustrated by Eric Puybaret
    • Richard Scarry's Best Friend Ever
    • The Real Mother Goose, illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright
    • Shake My Sillies Out (Raffi Songs to Read) Illustrated by David Allender
    • A Treasury of Best-Loved Children's Poetry illustrated by Robin Lawrie
    • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (this is a paperback that belonged to my brother originally)
    • Winter Days in the Big Woods (My First Little House Books) adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder, illustrated by Renee Graef


    1. That's a great collection! I love children's books, always have.

      Love sandra boynton too. you must get Personal Penguin! It's a song book and if you youtube it you can find the tune to the song!

      And one of my favorite bedtime books is Mama, Mama and Papa, Papa.

    2. My husband HATES when I buy children's books. I taught I have been collecting them since I was in college. NOT GOOD. My kids have a better selection the library, I swear it. Jennifer C.

    3. Elizabeth and I love Sandra Boynton's books too!

    4. Love books! You have some great ones. I plan on having a huge library of books for my kids.

    5. Here are some books that I adore that you should add:

      Little Pea by Rosenthal (it's about a Pea who doesn't want to eat his candy)

      And the pigeon books by Willems. I use them in my 6th grade class, to demonstrated strong and weak arguments, and they love them, but I've also read them to little kids, and they love them, too.

      What a great start on a library for Evie!

    6. When my daughter was younger she loved the Boynton books, still does. She also really likes Gallop! by Rufus Butler Seder, it's a cool "scanimation picture book" the pictures move and is really neat. She also started really liking the Biscuit books around 18 months. When she turned 2-2.5 she feel in love with the Berenstain Bear books (my favorite) and that's where we are now. I love children's books and I hope I'm instilling my love of reading in my little munchkin!

    7. Evie's already so blessed to have such a great family. I'm sure - you guys feel like to blessed ones. I love visiting your site and reading about and seeing pictures of Evie. We are hoping to adopt soon and you guys are such an inspiration.

    8. I agree on the Pigeon books by Willems - we just got "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" and it's hysterical. Also, for when she's older, the SkippyJon Jones books are really fun.


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