|Laura Ingalls Wilder for the youngest readers|
I’ve been a bookworm since I was young. To this day, children's chapter books hold a special place among my memories, and I’m excited to share some of those same books with my daughters as they grow. Here are some of my favorites:
1. The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I’ve already introduced my 4-and-a-half-year-old to Laura. We started with the MyFirst Little House series from our library, featuring gorgeous illustrations and text adapted for the preschool and younger elementary crowd. I’ve now begun reading the first book in the original series, Little House in the Big Woods, out loud to my daughter. I’ve always romanticized life in the 1800s, and these books are a big reason why. Once our daughters have gotten acquainted with Laura, our family will visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum a few hours away, near Springfield, Misssouri.
2. The Ramona books by Beverly Cleary. If I had a book in my hands as a kid, chances were good it was from the Ramona series. I owned a plush Ramona doll (and still do) and wore my hair in a bob style with bangs just like my favorite heroine. Ramona is plucky and funny and never afraid to be herself, and I like that. I’ll start reading some of these books aloud to my oldest daughter after we finish Little House in the Big Woods.
3. The Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. These books are for slightly older kids and not read-aloud material right now, but Anne is classic. I loved her well through my college days, when my friends and I would gather in someone’s dorm room for Anne nights and watch the movies. While my oldest daughter is not ready for Anne yet, I have a little set of Anne paper dolls I sometimes let her look at. She knows the basics. Gilbert calls Anne “Carrots” and Anne breaks a school slate over his head. It’s a good start.
How about you? What books do you look forward to sharing with your children?
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