Over the past few months, I have made the gradual transition to a purely using an electronic reader. I have been very stubborn with this change because I love paper. I love the feel of a book and the odd smell of the paper. However, I have also come to realize that the ever increasing of piles and boxes of books in my garage is not exactly environmentally friendly. Electronic readers give me the luxury of having multiple books on hand as well.
As I have made this transition, I realize that my children still have a billion paper books. We have a two book Scholastic policy each month and over the past 5 years of school, we have developed quite the children’s library but I have to wonder when children’s books are also going to go the way of the home phone.
With that thought in mind, I asked my Facebook Followers this question:
If you were only allowed to purchase 5 paper books for your children, what books would you choose?
The engagement on this post was amazing. There were so many books that I had heard of and other’s that I had forgotten about. Here are some of the suggestions (in no particular order):
- Charlotte’s Web
- Harry Potter
- Chronicles of Narnia
- Guess How Much I Love You
- The Paper Bag Princess
- The Gruffalo
- Where the Wild Things Are
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- One Fish, Two Fish
- Green Eggs and Ham
- Winnie the Pooh
- The Monster at the End of this Book
- Rainbow Fish
- Skippy John Jones
- Knuffle Bunny
Just to name a few…
Maybe I have been reading to many of these end of times stories like The Hunger Games and The Selection because books are always the first things that seem to be lost in those stories. Maybe I just am worried that by the time my grand children come around they won’t know the joy of crawling into bed with their Mom and reading a bed time story. At least one that doesn’t need to be plugged in first.
It was a hard choice but I think I have narrowed it down to five children’s books:
- The Kissing Hand
- Knuffle Bunny
- The Mitten
- Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
- Love You Forever
I have decided to start a collection of hardback, quality children’s books for the future. Just to be on the safe side. Fortunately I don’t have to narrow it down to five.
Now, tell me yours!