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A Parent's Guide to Children's Favorite Books Fall 2008

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Our intrepid group of parent book reviewers are back with a new group of titles that have become their children's new favorites!

Check out these titles recommended by Spokane area parents and the young readers that live in their homes:

Kristin, mother of Matthew, 22 months:

Cowboy Small by Lois Lenski.  Cowboy Small takes good care of his horse Cactus while working on the range. The cowboy life is for Matthew. He likes Cactus, is intrigued by the cook camp and loves the round-up.  It's a fun read, even 18 times a day!

I Love Trains by Philemon Sturges.  A boy expresses his love of trains describing the special cars and their jobs.  Matthew loves this book, not only for the trains, but he takes great pleasure in pointing to each of the animals in the countryside. 

Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley.  A hungry mouse leaves a huge mess when he goes in search of a snack.  The "Hush hush" first line of this story captures Matthew's attention every time.  He delights in pretending to eat the food off of the page as mouse snacks his way through the story. 

Kristy, mother of Lyra, age 3:

My daughter is currently infatuated with all things pirate. The Pirate's Alphabet by Patti Wigington has helped expand her pirate vocabulary with such gems as "Davey Jones' locker" and "poop deck."

The Night Pirates by Peter Harris tells a creative tale about a gang of small girl pirates, reinforcing the fact that yes, anyone can be a pirate.

After having years of fun with the alphabet in Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, we decided to check out numbers in Chicka Chicka 1,2,3 by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, and were not disappointed. The two stories are similar, but different enough to be exciting. And, we have had lots of fun counting to 100 together.

Amy, mother of Ella, age 4 and Noah, age 2

Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen. With enough lunch for three, Mr. Magee and his dog Dee head out to the sea. But what starts out as a fun day in the sun turns a bit bumpy when one playful whale decides to say hello. Soon the crew that once was floating finds themselves flying! How will they get down? Who will come to their rescue? And when will they ever get to eat lunch? Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee is a great read-aloud, sure to provide fits of giggles.

Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann. Pink, pink, pink. More than anything, Pinkalicious loves pink, especially pink cupcakes. Her parents warn her not to eat too many of them, but when Pinkalicious does . . . she turns pink! What to do?  If you have someone who loves pink this is a silly story about too much pink!

Corduroy by Don Freeman. What a classic and it holds up to the test of time.  A stuffed bear, Corduroy, sat in a store until one day when a girl, Lisa, takes him and his wish comes true - he gets a home of his own. A wonderful tale that tells kids how important home and friends are.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him. Gearing up to start school this book was a great way to introduce my little ones to what it is like and that it is okay to be away from mom. 

Parents, do you want to send us a summary of your young child's favorite books to share with Success By 6 web page readers? If you're a parent of a child age 6 and under, send your first name and include your child's (or children's) first name and age, plus a brief summary or review of three of your child's favorite books to paula.salzano@khq.com.

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