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Posted: March 21 2006 at 8:04am | IP Logged Quote alicegunther

Our only boy is four years old, and, with four older sisters, our picture book collection for the younger children is overwhelmingly feminine. The most masculine thing in the house is "Madeline and the Bad Hat"!

I'd love to hear opinions on boyhood classics, preferably picture books, that absolutely should not be missed.

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Posted: March 21 2006 at 8:05am | IP Logged Quote JennGM

I'm all eyes for this thread! I grew up in a family of mostly girls who dominated the reading material. Now I have my young son and want to make sure I steer him in the right direction!

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Posted: March 21 2006 at 8:12am | IP Logged Quote momwise

Alice,

My 6 yo ds loves Curious George. I have the treasury and that's the book we read over and over.

Snowy Day and other Ezra Jack Keats stories.

Babar books are another favorite, along with Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel and last but not least, Henry and Mudge.

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Posted: March 21 2006 at 8:17am | IP Logged Quote Elizabeth

alicegunther wrote:
Our only boy is four years old, and, with four older sisters, our picture book collection for the younger children is overwhelmingly feminine. The most masculine thing in the house is "Madeline and the Bad Hat"!


Oh my! We can do much better than the Bad Hat! I'm going to give this assignment to Patrick. Look for his post soon.

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Posted: March 21 2006 at 8:33am | IP Logged Quote JennGM

momwise wrote:
My 6 yo ds loves Curious George. I have the treasury and that's the book we read over and over.

Snowy Day and other Ezra Jack Keats stories.

Babar books are another favorite, along with Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel and last but not least, Henry and Mudge.


We love all these! We also have added Thomas the Tank Engine stories to our lineup (thanks, Mary G!)

All of Tomie De Paola books are appealing. I think many are masculine in character...good reading for all ages.

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Posted: March 21 2006 at 9:00am | IP Logged Quote Cay Gibson

momwise wrote:

My 6 yo ds loves Curious George.


Oh, goodness! My 4 yr old dd loves Curious George.
I read it to her in Adoration yesterday. Shhhh...don't tell.

Seriously, I read her a book in Adoration then she knows she has to be quiet and either color or look through her picture books.

It's a working deal that works.

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Posted: March 21 2006 at 9:11am | IP Logged Quote guitarnan

Two thumbs up for anything Tomie dePaola. Let's see...ds is 14 so I have to really think. He always enjoyed nonfiction books about his favorite topics (trains, airplanes, outer space). The Five In A Row book suggestions are overwhelmingly popular at our house (even now, when ds IS 14!). I think I memorized every Thomas the Tank Engine book and video!

More ideas...

Any book by Robert McCloskey
Winnie the Pooh
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (and the other Alexander books)
Any good book of poetry for children (my son loved poems, much more than did my daughter)
The Glorious Flight



And...for the future...
Homer Price
the Great Brain series

I'll have to think about this some more!



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Posted: March 21 2006 at 9:36am | IP Logged Quote Meredith

Alice all of the Billy and Blaze books by C.W. Anderson have been favorites of Benjamin's for ages, infact he learned to read them to himself at age 5!! Now of course at 4 Elijah is wanting them for his own!

Others my boys love are: All the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel, great on audio as he reads them himself, they are hysterical.

Robert McClosky's books

Jan Brett is big here, try The First Dog

Velveteen Rabbit is also enjoyed, especially on tape for bedtime as it is read by Meryl Streep

Hope this gives you a few more ideas. My boys also love Farmer boy, although it is not a picture book

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Posted: March 21 2006 at 9:51am | IP Logged Quote lapazfarm

Dr Seuss was a big hit with ds at that age, especially "One Fish, Two Fish..." and "Horton Hatches the Egg," other favorites were "Is Your Mama a Llama?" (forget the author, but it is awesome) "My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch" (Graham Base). He really liked anything that had silly or rhyming, rhythmic language. That was way more important to him than the story line and kept his attention much better.

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Posted: March 21 2006 at 10:03am | IP Logged Quote Rebecca

Ben (9 1/2) and Chris (6) Like these:

Picture books:

Snipp, Snapp and Snurr series by Maj Lindman
(SSS and the Red Shoes, SSS and the Yellow Sled, others)

The Brave Cowboy by Joan Walsh Anglund

The Little Tim series by Edward Ardizzone
(LT and the Brave Sea Captain, Tim and Ginger, Tim and Charlotte, Tim All Alone, others)

Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel, Burton

Thy Friend Obadiah, and Obadiah the Bold by Brinton Turkle

The Little Sailboat by Lois Lenski, others in the "Little" seies

Sailboat Time by Maj Lindman

Rosie and the Rustlers by Roy Gerrard

James Herriot's Animal Treasury

Ignacio's Chair by Evangelista

Cowboy Sam series by Edna Walker Chandler (readers)

Of course, Beatrix Potter, Curious George, Eric Carle,
Tomie de Paola.

Ben thinks these are great read aloud chapter books for boys...

Johnny Tremain by Forbes
Ginger Pye by Estes
Robin Hood by Pyle
Carry on Mr. Bowditch by Latham
Peter Pan by Barrie
Boys King Arthur by Lanier
Swiss Family Robinson by Wyss
Childhood of Famous Americans
(Lou Gehrig and Buffalo Bill, Robert E. Lee are his favorites)


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Posted: March 21 2006 at 10:59am | IP Logged Quote Marybeth

Alice,

Here are a few of our favorites...

William Steig
Leo Lionni
Chris Van Allsburg
Joanne Ryder
Jim Aronsky
Stuart Murphy (math books~very fun!)

Usborne books has some wonderful science books, look and find books and one called Time Traveler which ds loves to look through all of these.

Some titles of old favorites...

I Love You Stinky Face Lisa McCourt
Bedhead Margie Palatini
Sweet Tooth (forgot the author )
Squire and the Scroll
The Lion Storyteller Bedtime book
Watch Out! Big Bro is Coming Jez Alborough

Our current read aloud is Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop. Ds really enjoys it!

He loved on audio Five Children and It by E. Nesbitt.

Enjoy!

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Posted: March 21 2006 at 11:32am | IP Logged Quote Mary G

Alice --

the big hits here are naything by the following authors:

  • Virginia Lee Burton (Mike Mulligan, Katy and the Big Snow, Life Story, etc)
  • Rev. Awdry (the Thomas the Tank Engine books)
  • Lois Lenski's Mr. Small and Mr. Little books
  • AA Milne
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as he gets older: The Redwall series, Narnia, Hardy Boys (yes, they're twaddle, but they're good twaddle), Howard Pyle, Jules Verne, Mark Twain.

That should hold him for a bit. If I think of any others I'll post. I have five brothers (all voracious and eclectic readers) and three boys.....

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Posted: March 21 2006 at 11:37am | IP Logged Quote Jen L.

We all love Richard Scarry, but my boy especially used to LOVE looking at all the pictures in books such as "What Do People Do All Day" and "Cars and Trucks and Things that Go".

When older, the Danny Dunn series is a great series for all, but especially for boys.

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Posted: March 21 2006 at 11:55am | IP Logged Quote Dawn

Books my boys enjoy:

All the Busytown books (Richard Scarry)

All the George Selden books:
~ The Cricket in Times Square
~ Chester Cricket's New Home
~ Harry Cat's Pet Puppy
~ Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride
~ Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse

Books by Arnold Lobel:
~ Mouse Tales
~ Mouse Soup
~ Grasshopper on the Road
~ Owl at Home
~ Frog and Toad series

~ Patrick and His Dinosaurs/What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs

~ Old Mother West Wind

~ The Wind in the Willows

~ Little Bear

~ Three Tales of My Father's Dragon

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Posted: March 21 2006 at 12:38pm | IP Logged Quote Rachel May

What a fun thread. I can't wait to put in requests at the library. Here are some of our boys' favorites:

Trains by Byron Barton

No, David by David Shannon

True Story of the Three Little Pigs by John Sciezka

Alphabet City by Steven T Johnson

Pierre, Chicken Soup with Rice, One was Johnny, Alligators All Around, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Leo, the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus

I Love Trains! by Philemon Sturgess

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Posted: March 21 2006 at 1:02pm | IP Logged Quote Marybeth

Here are a few more favorite authors and books of ours...we are fighting some sort of nasty virus so plenty of books are being pulled of the shelves this week.

Steve Jenkins
Jim Aylesworth
Steven Kellogg
Mercer Mayer
Raymond Briggs
Donald Crews
Peter Spier
Shel Silverstein
Don Freeman


Harry The Dirty Dog
Harry and the Terrible Whatzit
Crispin
James and the Giant Peach
Magic School Bus Series


My ds says any book on dinosaurs is a must!!!!

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Posted: March 21 2006 at 1:22pm | IP Logged Quote JennGM

I remember a few books my brother from a young age used to pore over. I was 15 years older, so I'd try to supply some, although I was a little clueless:

2 were Landmark Books, "Story of D-Day" and "Swamp Fox of the American Revolution"

American Boys Handybook he would read over and over again.

Plus anything that had riddles, jokes, magic tricks, how-to books, he loved those!

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Posted: March 21 2006 at 1:37pm | IP Logged Quote Dawn

Just pulled out our Johnny Appleseed book and remembered how much our boys love American folklore and tall tales like the ones by Steven Kellog (Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan etc.).

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the Froggy series
the Minerva Louise series

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Posted: March 21 2006 at 6:55pm | IP Logged Quote Sarah

for little boys-

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Tumble Bumble

Train Song



for bigger boys-

Clyde Bulla books

He Went With Magellan

William Steele books


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