Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Shine A Light On These

There are all kinds of perks that come with administering a parenting blog with a static worldwide following. Most invitations we have to turn down, bowing to a strict and inflexible ethics policy, or just good common sense.

When Disney offered us 10 days at any of their theme parks around the world - all expenses paid - to test whether or not their allegedly improved food options could sustain parents chasing after wild-eyed and over-tired children during an extended vacation, we unfortunately had to pass.

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences suggested we take Madison and Ava to this year's Academy Awards, to see if their new "Oscar Toddler" early indoctrination program had any merit - complete with a live Javier Bardem reading of the "gas station coin flip scene" from No Country for Old Men - we politely declined.

But when the good people of Flashlight Worthy books somehow discovered this blog and invited us to share a compilation of our established favorites, we jumped at the chance. Took a little longer than I had hoped, but at some point last weekend we all sat down together, pulled all sorts of our most beloved tomes down off the shelves and out of their baskets and wound up with a stack of about 20 classics we have all enjoyed and cherished over the years, and a handful of series to heartily recommend. Everything from Goodnight Moon to Madison's current favorite, Katie Kazoo Switcheroo.

I was going to post our selections here as well, but I can't do justice to the amazing presentation (with cover art, Amazon links and reader reviews) that they provide over there at Flashlight Worthy.

So here, without further ado, is a link to our full list, which we're calling Madison and Ava's "Perfect" Before-Bed Reading List.

Better stock up on batteries.


Blogger Jenn said...

It's always fun to see what other families keep in their bedside bag of favorite books.

9:09 AM  
Blogger A. said...

Oh - Strega Nona. Love it. My 1st grade teacher introduced me to Tomie de Paola and I've loved his books ever since. Some day, when we have kids, those will be on our bookshelf for sure.

10:17 AM  
Blogger AngelBean said...

What wonderful books!
I have started a collection again now that my nephew Jack is nearly old enough to be read to (and pay attention rather than suddenly pointing to nothing on the wall and wondering what it is).
We always loved the 'Magic Faraway Tree' by Enid Blyton, which I could still read even now, and I love 'The Dream Jar' by Linda Lee Johnson, which is just wonderful for little girls with gorgeous illustrations.

6:04 AM  
Blogger Yeager Family said...

My daughter is only 1, but we do read to her and we love good book ideas for Christmas and birthday gifts. Thanks!

12:34 PM  
Blogger @GiftedHand said...

Little cupcake was just very excited t find out Ava is the same age as her! Ive been given orders to let her choose what I buy from that list. The link is saved to her very own faves folder

6:24 AM  

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