"There is more treasure in books than in
all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." — Walt Disney
One of the greatest joys is reading books to your kids that were read to you as a child. My love of fantasy and action stories (and movies) comes from my father. Before bed he would tell me the story of The Hobbit - no book, but the images created in my mind have stayed with me my whole life. To this day I collect copies of The Hobbit for my shelf.
Bedtime was a time of laughter and stories at my house. Here are three "classics" that have stood the test of time for me (and my kids).
Come Over To My House
by: Theo LeSing (aka Dr. Seuss)
Originally published in 1966, the story follows a little boy who travels the world as he is invited to friends homes in different countries. Although the countries are hyper-stereotyped (circa 1960's: e.g. his friend in the arctic lives in an igloo), the message of friendship across the world and regardless (or perhaps because) of culture comes through loud and clear.
The Big Honey Hunt
by: Stan & Jan Berenstain
Before the cartoon, before the series of paperback books, even before Sister Bear, there was Mama, Papa and Little Bear (later re-named Brother). This was a book I learned to read by way of an accompanying audio book. The story follows Little Bear and Papa as they follow a bee to find honey for their honey pot. The rhyming is fun and I personally love how Mama is ALWAYS right in the end :)
Fox in Socks
by: Dr. Suess
If you think you are good at reading tongue twisters out loud - give this a try! It's one of the most difficult books to read out loud (in the proper rhythm). My kids beg me to read it to them and laugh when I get the words mixed up. By the end of the book I'm usually out of breath. It's super fun, and super memorable. Check out this You Tube video to see the "proper way" to read it: Fox on Socks amateur video
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