Top 10 Tuesday #49

Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, this week’s Top 10 is a Freebie, so…

Dixie’s Top 10  Books I Read to My Boys (Ages 5 & 2)

My husband’s aunt signed up my oldest son for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, where they send your child a new book every month for their age group.  Through this, we have discovered many books that are just phenomenal.  Most of the books on this list were introduced to us from this great service. 

1.  Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney — Our first Llama Llama book.  After this one, we just kept buying more.  They teach good habits and they rhyme, which is always lots of fun. 

2.  Leonardo is a Terrible Monster by Mo Willems — I actually saw this book on the movie, Life as We Know It, with Katherine Heigl and it looked interesting, so I bought it online without having read it.  It is so cute.  It’s about a monster, trying to be scary, but he just cannot pull it off, so he decides to use his talents in a different way. 

3.  Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak — One of the great children’s books, it’s so popular for a reason.  “We’ll eat you up, we love you so!” 

4.  Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy by David Somar and Jacky Davis — This is part of a series, Ladybug Girl, about a little girl,Lulu, who likes to dress up as a Ladybug, with wings and matching boots, and she meets her friend, Sam, on the playground and they have to compromise to find something they both want to play. 

5.  How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss — I LOVE THIS BOOK!  It’s so much fun to read aloud, which is why we read it all year round at my house. 

6.  Oh, The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss — This one is more difficult to read, but still a lot of fun.  I love how it tells kids that they might go this way or they might go that way, and whatever way they choose is not necessarily wrong, but their decision.  Don’t sugarcoat life, Dr. Seuss.  In a world where some parents want to shield their children from every possible rejection or pain, it’s refreshing to find something that tells children that not everything will go the way they want and that’s not the end of the world.

7.  Little Boy by Alison McGhee — Sings the praises of little boys and Big Cardboard Boxes. 

8.  Otis by Loren Long — Tells the story of  an old tractor being replaced by bigger and better machinery and how he became to be useful again. 

9.  The Monster at the End of the Book  by Jon Stone — Grover, my favorite muppet, is scared of the monster and the end of the book and keeps trying different ways to stop you from getting there.  I remember this from when I was a child and loved it so much that when I found it, I just had to get it.  And there’s actually a sequel with Elmo and Grover for your little monsters.

10.  The Bert and Ernie Book — Ernie has broken the piggy bank and has to find somewhere to put all the money.  It’s very cute and funny, but you really have to do it in the Bert and Ernie voices to get the full impact.


14 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday #49

  1. Rory O'Connor November 6, 2012 at 9:25 am Reply

    My two boys (ages 1 and 4) love 1-5. If you want a fun seasonalish read, Creepy Carrots just came out and it’s super fun!

    • Dixie November 6, 2012 at 9:35 am Reply

      always on the lookout for new books, I will definitely check that one out! thanks!

  2. kelley November 6, 2012 at 9:49 am Reply
  3. barefoot_med_student November 6, 2012 at 10:43 am Reply

    Love the Dr Seuss books! Never read the others though.

  4. Candice November 6, 2012 at 10:45 am Reply

    Too cute! My mom teaches at a pre-school (3s and early 4s) and reads to them allll the time! I’ll have to pass on some of these books to her to see if she’s ever read any of them. They sound so cute!

    • Dixie November 6, 2012 at 10:53 am Reply

      She probably has, most of them are pretty well known, if not that particular book, then the series or the character.

  5. Katie November 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm Reply

    What a great idea for a top ten list! I haven’t read Little Boy, but I will definitely grab it from the library. The other nine I have read and they are all wonderful. Thank you for sharing your list!

    • Dixie November 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm Reply

      You’re welcome! My 5 yo loves Little Boy, it’s totally cute.

  6. Lucy November 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm Reply

    Fun list idea! I loved reading picture books with my daughter and I see some of our favorites represented. We enjoyed Mo Willems books and Where the Wild Things Are especially. And Little Boy and Ladybug Girl look too cute. Thanks for sharing!

    • Dixie November 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm Reply

      One of my fave girl books is olivia, but i have read that one to them too. I try not to exclude things just because they’re aimed at “girls”

  7. Brittany November 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm Reply

    The Monster at the End of this Book!!! Definitely one of my favorites from my childhood, and only because my mom did the voices so well 🙂

    • Dixie November 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm Reply

      I totally do the voices! You have to!

  8. Quinn November 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm Reply

    Awesome list! I love most of these books. Llama Llama is amazing! And The Monster at the End of this book! Oh, and seriously, anything by Mo Willems. He is totally kick-ass. Have you seen Mo Willems new book – Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. It is amazing!!!!

    • Dixie November 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm Reply

      ooh, i might have to try that one! my boys LOVE LOVE LOVE dinosaurs! thanks for the recommendation.

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