"I won't add every Mr. Putter and Tabby book to this list, but we like them all. The main character is a nice older man. I like that the books expose kids to stories about a different generation. And Mr. Putter is cool. He's old and doesn't mind it. He's usually up for an adventure with his neighbor Mrs. Teaberry. Listen to these books on CD. The reader, John McDonough, is amazing."
"This is the first of a series of books Emilee and I have read. They're older books, written in the 1950's, I think. They're simple stories about a boy and his pony. In each story, they have one main adventure. They remind me of cool bedtime stories my mom would have told me. Nice illustrations."
"We like all James Mayhew's Katie books. Katie and her grandma visit art galleries, and while Grandma rests, Katie explores. She climbs into the pictures and interacts with the subjects. The books include reproductions of the pictures along with other age-appropriate info (ex., brief explanation of pointillism). Clever, engaging stories. Has Emilee talking about art. Good fun!"
"Emilee loved this book when she was younger, and it was actually fun to read. I liked doing voices for the animals, especially the horse. And Emilee liked filling in words when I paused for a second."
"I don't know how many times we read this book. Emilee liked all the Freddie books, but this was her favorite. The text is very simple--we often added our own commentary, but the story is very appealing to a toddler/preschooler."
"A great book for introducing numbers, days of the week, and the fact that caterpillars turn into butterflies. And it's a cute story that's great to read even to very little ones. The board book has little holes in the pages that little fingers can fit in and use to count."
"We have enjoyed several of the Paddington picture books by Michael Bond and illustrated by R.W. Alley. After reading the first few we went out and bought orange marmalade and enjoyed it with toast and tea. I don't think Emilee gets all the humor, but she still enjoys the stories."
"Emilee loves riding escalators, loves teddy bears, and when she was little loved playing with my button collection, so this book was a big hit with her from the first. It's a classic every child should know (imo)."
"This book and two others about Max (Max's Dragon and Max's Castle)are about a boy with a great imagination and a love of words. I think these will be even better when Emilee learns to read, but she enjoys them now, too. Interesting illustrations."
"Emilee thought this book was quite funny. It's a sequel to "The Pencil" by Ahlberg (which we also like). My favorite part is that Ahlberg gives a name to everything--even the three peas that run away. Quite humorous. I like Ahlberg's quirky sense of humor."
"This book and "A Bit More Bert" are more examples of Ahlberg's quirky sense of humor. Bert is a British man with a wife (Mrs. Bert) and a baby, whom we're not supposed to wake up but always do when we turn a page. Bert has odd adventures, like the time he is chased by a sausage (a man dressed up in a sausage costume). Good fun!"
"Emilee loves the Amelia Bedelia books, though I often have to explain the humor to her. For the most part, I like the ones by Peggy Parish better than the ones by her nephew (I think?) Herman Parish."
"I think this is one of EG's favorite books by Don Freeman, author of Corduroy. Dandelion gets so dressed up to go to a party that his hostess doesn't recognize him and won't let him in the house. Only after getting caught in a downpour and returning to his normal-looking self can Dandelion go to the party."
"Another book by Freeman. I like this one because it introduces the reader to The Met, opera in general, and Mozart's "The Magic Flute" in particular. A clever story about a mouse who turns pages for the prompter at The Met."
"A really cool book about a boy who receives a tadpole for his birthday from his Scottish uncle. Only the tadpole keeps growing and growing until it needs a large swimming pool to live in. The boy has to figure out a way to earn enough money to build a pool so he can keep his tadpole."