Does it scream "former kinder teacher" when I tell you I love categorizing books by seasons, themes, concepts? Just like September makes me what a new box of crayons and a bouquet of sharpened pencils, I also love reading Chrysanthemum or The Kissing Hand the week before school starts. As a mama, I keep classic books and favorite stories on their shelves, but I also have those special few that make an appearance only once a year, when the time is right.
Bring in stories about penguins, bears, the moon, snow, hibernation, nighttime creatures, and baking. Be sure to make snowflakes from coffee filters and make a nature table with icy blue or white silk scarves and chestnuts or cranberries from outside!
Books about rain, rainbows, flowers, spring, leprechauns and gnomes
Jan Brett books for Christmas: Gingerbread Baby, Home For Christmas, The Trouble with Trolls, Annie and the Wild Animals, The Hat
If you get lost...look for anything by Elsa Beskow, Elisa Klevins, Jan Brett, Sybille von Olfers, or Paul Galdone! These children's book authors have yet to fail me.
Classics like Caps for Sale, The Giving Tree, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Ferdinand, and of course all the fairy tales are read year round in my home.
I also love to read stories that expose my children to different races, religions and cultures without fitting stereotypical norms or biases. We love:
Look for fairy tales, American folk tales, Aesop's fables, African folktales, and classic tales! I am a frequenty flyer at my local library, but I also rummage garage sales, estate sales, and discount book stores, especially the "vintage" children's area. Reading Pete the Cat or Clifford makes me feel like I've eaten a bag of Cheeto puffs with my mind and I crave nourishment and depth son after.
I'll add to this list often as I discover new gems! Happy reading.