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Books worth reading. 

Time and again.

Read These Please!

Read These Please!

I love books for children.  My favorites are well-written, beautifully illustrated and magnificently constructed to entertain and educate myself and my children again and again and again.  These are the books I stock my own shelves with and the ones I recommend to children, parents and teachers in my life.  Reading is special in my family and we read a lot.  Morning books, nap time books, afternoon books and bed time books and anytime in between that the mood strikes!  We are heavy library users and book store visitors.  I use books to engage my children, help impart my values to them and address topics of interest to all of us.  Reading aloud to children is repeatedly found to be good for them intellectually and emotionally; it is so good for them that you can't possibly do it too much!

I am frequently asked what my favorite picture books are, what I would recommend for a specific child, certain age, particular gender, etc...  I'm always happy to give recommendations but I'm often on the spot to remember exact titles and authors' names.  Every single time I'm consulted, I remember book after book that I neglected to mention in the days afterward.  By blogging about titles as they grace my shelf and enter my heart, I will conveniently compile one big categorized list of books I adore.  Problem solved!

The books you will read about here have passed my scrupulous quality control testing (reading them a billion times to my own kids and others).  They are beloved by my family and I'm sure they will be by yours, as well, and any lucky friend you share them with!

Come back, make a list, and read these please!
Chris Van Dusen

Chris Van Dusen