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November 9, 2011

Our fave books as of late

We’re big readers around these parts. And Dashiell definitely has his favorites… most of which involve trucks, naturally! Here are a few that we’ve been reading non-stop and are loved equally by parent and child.

Everything Goes on Land, by Brian Biggs. Brian actually sent this one to us when he read here that Dashiell was a big fan of Richard Scarry. His hope was to “combine the sensibility of Richard Scarry with the Where’s Waldo and I Spy books” to give kiddos something to spend hours pouring over. Such fantastic inspiration and I’m so glad he found us! Dashiell loves the bright colors and modern illustration. And for a boy who loves anything that “goes”, this book is perfect. An entire page of trains! A whole spread of motorcycles! Plus there’s cats and birds and people and all sorts of city life. It’s almost too exciting.

A House is a House for Me, by Mary Ann Hoberman. Oh how I love this book. My friend Staci gave it to us for Dashiell’s first birthday and we’re finally to a point where he will sit still to actually hear the words. It so clever and creative and the illustrations are intricate and fabulous and I love reading long rhyming stories out loud. It’s like the perfect 70′s children’s book, that coincidentally was first published the year I was born. Awwww.

Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker. So as I’ve mentioned, we are very into trucks these days. You think, my son will not be into trucks because we do not have many trucks around the house. And we are not into trucks, after all. But listen, mamas, you cannot stop a little boy from loving trucks. Garbage trucks, UPS trucks, FedEx trucks, Arrowhead Water trucks, buses, moving vans, pick up trucks… they are EVERYWHERE. And I swear little boys have a special radar for them. My mom brought this book up for her number one grandson last time my parents came to visit and it’s been a wild success around here. It’s super sweet and rhymes, of course, and we love reading it over and over.

Where the Wild Things Are by, well, YOU KNOW. We’ve also just gotten into this book (finally making the transition away from board books!) and it really is one of the best. Dashiell has learned to stomp and howl and “rumpus” with the best of them. We like to start the wild rumpus around here at least a few times a day.

Do you guys have any fave books right now? We’re always on the lookout for good recommendations.

(Side note: On the non-children reading list, just finished Boys Adrift. It’s sooooo fascinating. Kind of in the Freakonomics or Nurture Shock way, (two other faves). Parents of boys, I would definitely recommend giving it a read!)


  1. Brigid said on November 9, 2011

    My ‘little’ boy is now 16 but one of his faves was Weslandia by Paul Fleischman-a wonderful book about a boy who embraces his individuality. Another fave is Animalia by Graeme Base-an ABC book with amazing illustrations. Happy reading!

  2. sara said on November 9, 2011

    oh how we looooove richard scarry around here, too…
    which means we’ll HAVE to check out ‘everything goes on land’ asap.

    and ‘goodnight, goodnight construction site’ has soared to the number one slot over the past few months. it must be read every single night before bed – obviously.

    throughout the day i’ll overhear dylan reciting part of it to himself while he plays trucks: “no more huffing and puffing, team… it’s time to rest your head and dream”

    these little boys and their trucks. such sweetness!

  3. Jamie said on November 9, 2011

    I’m so glad you mentioned Boys Adrift. I noticed it on your sidebar a few days ago and was curious. I wish I had read it back when I was teaching high school! Am going to check it now…

  4. Sherri Duskey Rinker said on November 9, 2011

    Thank you so much for your nice words about my book! I’m thrilled that you and your little guy are enjoying it.

    Great website, btw!

    Best wishes and thank you again,
    Sherri Duskey Rinker
    Author, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

  5. Sid said on November 10, 2011

    We’re big fans of the “Little Blue Truck” books by Alice Schertle.

  6. Ridgely's Radar said on November 10, 2011

    These are great! Love Where the Wild Things Are!

  7. Jady said on November 11, 2011

    Our favorite right now is To Market, To Market by Anne Miranda & Janet Stevens – the writing and illustrations are awesome. My 2 year old son loves it, and so do I!

  8. shelly said on November 14, 2011

    We love all books by Oliver Jeffers and most recently we came across “Spoon” by Rosenthal/Magoon!

  9. blake said on November 22, 2011

    Oh, thanks for these recs! Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site is an absolute fave around these parts (J has memorized it & recites page after page. It’s cute and bonkers at the same time.)… so I’m sensing our boys have similar taste. After all, what’s not to like about trucks, etc?

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