There are tons of books I love, though I'll admit that between having a baby and going back to school if it isn't a board book or a textbook I don't really have time for it. I feel weird apologizing for having a baby when every day with him is one of the most awesome experiences of my life. So, in honor of parents and babies everywhere, here are my list of books (of the chewing variety and beyond) that have stayed with me.
1. Your Personal Penguin. This is the first book I remember reading to Q, and we read it to him nearly every night. It was also one of the first books where we got a definite response. I started to read and he turned his head in a beeline towards me. Super sweet.
2. Continuing in the penguin theme, And Tango Makes Three. My husband bought this one from the UU bookstore after service one day because he knows I like penguins. It is a beautiful story and definitely one that encourages acceptance. Not a board book, so this one needs to be held with long arms to prevent incidental chewing.
3. The Fairy Tale Tree. This is a book I read incessantly growing up. It's a huge collection of fairy tales from around the world widely ranging in length. It has both small paintings inside and fold out pages with pictures. It was published in the 1960s, so I was ecstatic when I was able to find a copy for us via bookfinder.com (only go there if you are brave or have more willpower than I).
4. Serendipity books. I borrowed a lot of these from the library growing up. I don't remember all of them, but I remember Leo the Lop and The Muffin Dragon. We don't have any of these yet, and I don't really know how easy any of them are to get.
5. The Velveteen Rabbit. A lot of the books I read to Q I know he isn't really ready for. They are chapter books or just long. I read this one to Q while I waited for my last dental appointment, which was a bad idea. Stories that make you cry just don't need to be read in waiting rooms.
6. Nancy Drew. The old ones where the words were longer than two syllables. I also liked the cross-over books with the Hardy Boys. Other mysteries I enjoyed were were the Bobbsey Twins and the Hollisters. I loved books that involved twins.
7. Witch Week. It is part of the Chrestomanci books by Diana Wynne Jones. I love Diana Wynne Jones's books, but this is only one of the Chrestomanci books that I read growing up. I was in middle school or junior high, and it really spoke to the outcast me I was at the time.
8. Le Petit Prince. This is the first book I ever read in a language other than English. I originally read it in French and then later read parts of it in Japanese. I have also watched it in French. It is a wonderful story, though I'll admit that I have never read it in English (link is to the French PDF). Of course, reading it in Japanese was a much harder process, which is why I've only read parts (see also, I have read parts of a random book on stress control in Japanese, because all it takes to get me interested is Japanese).
9. The Westing Game. I cannot explain why I loved this book so much, but even now as an adult I love to reread this story. I love the characters with their quirky habits. While I loved Turtle and still do, I also really like Sydelle, because at one point my mom and I were learning shorthand together.
10. This one is kind of a tie. Biting the Sun is a utopian distopia. I read this a few years ago, and it gripped me with its story of how being able to do whatever you want eventually falls flat and something a bit more concrete is desirable. Snow Queen was one of the first science fiction stories I remember reading. I haven't read it in a few years, but I loved the play between technology, wealth and corruption and the two clashing cultures. I haven't read it in years, but it is one of the titles I periodically reread.