It’s usually challenging for me to write a monthly Kids’ Picks post, mainly because I’m the main book picker here at the House of Hope. Oh, my girls have plenty of opportunity to choose books for our read-alouds times or for their own perusal, but ultimately, I control what comes into the house. I do let them pick a couple of books each time we go to the library, but I limit it to two or three each because if I didn’t, we’d end checking out the entire Arthur or Franklin collection. 😉 Please don’t revoke my Kids’ Picks button! 🙂
This month, though, I have a genuine Kids’ Pick, and one that reaches back a couple of years, at that. Louise requested We’re Going on a Bear Hunt last week. This is one of those books that my girls loved, loved, loved when they were younger. However, as they’ve gotten older (after all, they’re very mature 5 and 4 year olds now! 😉 ), I regret to say that I’ve let quite a few of these classics fall by the wayside. In fact, we have one whole long shelf of boardbooks that were once beloved favorites but that we never look at now. We own We’re Going on a Bearhunt in paperback, and after Louise repeatedly requested that we read it, it took a little searching on our full-to-overflowing shelves, but we found it. There are several lessons in this for me:
- Just because my children are capable of and willing to listen to long chapter books doesn’t mean we need to abandon picture books (even “babyish” ones).
- Children love repetition and familiar stories, even after we are sick of them.
- I shouldn’t get so wrapped up in my latest library finds that I neglect my own home library. I’m very guilty of this.
- Louise is my little songbird: she is forever making up songs and rhymes. I really need to indulge and encourage this, especially through the books we read.
I actually can’t believe I haven’t included this particular story on my Best Picture Books list before now. (I’ll attribute it to the fact that I really have neglected our home library.) This is such a great toddler and preschool picture book–it’s very repetitive and just begs to be acted out. It is my go-to rhyme when we keep the nursery at church and the natives begin to get restless. Helen Oxenbury‘s illustrations are very expressive; my girls have always been concerned about the rather dejected-looking bear at the end of the story. In short, this is one that’s too good to be missed. You can visit the author’s website here. I even found a video of him performing We’re Going on a Bearhunt. Enjoy!
As if all of this is not enough, I have photographic evidence that this book is indeed a genuine Kids’ Pick here at the House of Hope. The photographs here were snapped back about two years ago, and they are of Louise with her favorite book. Seeing these pictures makes me almost teary-eyed, but it also gives me another reason to look forward to the new addition to our family who will be here faster than we can get ready for him!