As a mother of four small children, I found this recent article from the New Yorker about today’s children’s books to be thought provoking, especially since I own many of the books he talks about and read them often to my kids. I don’t think there’s any question that reading to your children is one of the greatest gifts you can give them, but is what you read worth reconsidering in some cases? I tend to insert my own ideas into books that I feel conflict with my own parenting style (like in the first Olivia book, when Olivia doesn’t want to take her nap, I always add “but she does it anyway,” because the last thing I need is a nap strike in my house!), at least until my kids are big enough to read them on their own.
What are your favorite children’s books? And after reading this article, do you have any new thoughts on what are your least favorite?