Friday, November 2, 2007

Big Girl Books

Just the other day I was thinking that Sabrina might be ready to listen to some chapter books... yes, the kind with no or few pictures, the kind you read a little at a time, a chapter a day, over a week or two. Can this be true? Seems like we just put down Goodnight Gorilla (which has all of, what, five words maybe?). In fact, we DID just put it down because Sabrina does not outgrow books the way she outgrows toys or clothes. She just adds on to her favorites and a simple board book is as interesting to her as a complicated text laden narrative.

My suspicions were confirmed when Patrick said a few days later, without me saying anything, that he thought she might be ready for some real books. So we agree. But now comes the tricky part: finding something wonderful that will hook her and be memorable for us all. This is a big deal and big decision. Some options we're thinking about, most of which we have vintage copies of from our own childhood bookshelves:

Peter Pan
Charlotte's Web
The Wind in the Willows
The Little Prince
James and the Giant Peach
The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

What was your child's first "big kid" book? I really need some ideas!


Ali said...

Fantastic Mr Fox, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Paddington Bear were ours.

Chris said...

What about the Little House books? That was one of my favourites growing up.

Good + Happy Day... said...

Great suggestions, thank you! WE actually started on Charlotte's Web but it's been slow... I think we may have gotten ahead of ourselves on this one... Patricia