With the holiday season just around the corner, we turn to one of the best gifts for kids….books.
I know for my son Reeve (just about to turn 4) his first glimpse into the natural world was through books – he was so excited by things like shooting stars, beavers building houses, a bear hibernating, the sound of wolves at night, a caterpillar changing into a butterfly….
I often think about what would make my ‘best of’ list… so I polled some friends including Lexy Zissu, author of The Complete Organic Pregnancy & The Conscious Kitchen. Feel free to post some of your favorites to comments. No doubt we missed some great ones.
- The Lorax by Dr Seuss: the books that all others are judged against. Could probably stop the list there.
- The Curious Garden – inspired by The Highline in New York City, one boy’s journey creating a greener world.
- The Wolves are Back by Jean Craighhead George: a beautiful book that explains the interconnectedness of nature. Wolves are reintroduced to Yellowstone and soon a system that was out of balance returns to a more full equilibrium.
- The Giving Tree by Shell Silverstein: a beautiful story about a tree that loves and provides for a boy and a boy that loves a tree.
- Make Way for Ducklings – an enduring classic
- A Garden of Opposites by Nancy Davis
- One Light, One Sun by Raffi (yes, the singer)
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book by Eric Carle
Chapter Books / for older kids but not to be missed
- Other Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighhead George
- The Trumpet of the Swan by EB White: I read this to my son this summer and he couldn’t wait to hear each night what adventure came next.
Have so more great ones? Post them to comments….