Tuesday, October 19, 2010

If you could only have 6 books for your preschooler

Let us pretend you can only have 6 books for your preschooler. (It's okay, take a breath. We are only playing pretend here.)
What would you choose? Would you choose classics? Classic picture books? Books from your youth? Fairy tales? More 'academic' books?
Being a curriculum addict I have gone through a lot of preschool programs. I've bought a lot of them too. I've looked at everything from Anabaptist, Christian, Secular, Muslim, and Pagan recommendations for what to teach your children. At least for now I have chosen the 6 books I feel are MUST HAVES. - Okay well really Sonlight choose them but I'm seconding the motion. and I'll even tell you why.- see amazon widgit for links

  • 20th Century Children's Book Treasury

  • 44 stories in one book. Many classics like Goodnight Moon & Where The Wild Things Are. This book is being picked out again and again by my kids.

  • A First Book of Fairy Tales

  • All those fairy stories everyone should read in a young children friendly book.

  • Harper Collins Treasury of Picture Book Classics

  • Another book of books with only one stories overlapping with other treasury. Full page pictures.

  • Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm

  • An older book that continues about the animals from A year at Maple Hills Farm. My preschooler loves it. Can't get enough of this book. Has enough detail that new discovers can be made as your child gets older and more preceptive.

  • Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day?

  • What do fireman do? How do you build a road? In true Richard Scarry style gives fun overviews of many jobs in our world.

  • The Usborne Flip-Flap Body Book

  • Detailed book of the bodies functions but colorful and fun enough to capture the younger crowds attention. Children wont outgrow this book for several years.


  1. Just hopping over from the Hip Homeschool Hop and love your sweet blog. I also love the way you made your corn husk dolls...I bet they were easier to make with fresh husks, rather than dry ones...I will have to try that. We love reading...my post today was about a book...The Minstrel In the Tower.
    Love the way you are living your life....many blessins from your newest follower!

  2. That is way way to hard! :) My kids really love the 'That's Not my..." series from Usborne and they loved Big Book of Things to Spot too. Not sure what I would pick for them. :)

    Amy @ Missional Mama

  3. Oh, I definitely have to agree on the Maple Hill Farm - great book! And who doesn't love Richard Scarry's illustrations. My two youngest children could (and do) spend large amounts of time pouring over his books.
    I've enjoyed reading your recent posts.
    Visiting from Hip Homeschool Hop.