Still at home sick, we're reading more than usual! As I live in a foreign country with a limited choice of books in English (that are scary expensive), I make sure to pick wisely when I do buy abroad or off Amazon. I love books and (joy!) all my children love them too. Trust the list - these are books worth owning!
The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud by Janet Schulman. A great book to own for you, the kids, and grandkids to come! It includes a variety of classics along with a guide to which books to read for a given age.
Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales by Beatrix Potter, preferrably in the little boxed set that will oneday lead to someone's blindness! My kids are motivated to read more of Potter when the collection is divided into individual books and laid out before them! We read my childhood treasury boxed set.
The Complete Adventures of Curious George: 70th Anniversary Edition by H.A. Rey along with any other Curious George book you can get your hands on! These books really reflect the curious spirit of a preschooler. And are somehow exciting over and over again! And for kids not reading yet, the illustrations are many and engaging enough for them to follow the stories visually when "reading" alone.
HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics: A Child's First Collection by Tegen Katherine. Another great collection in a large-format book that would impress any kid!
Make Way for McCloskey: A Robert McCloskey Treasury by Robert McCloskey. I've been falling in love with this classic writer more and more. McCloskey's pace is slower, but stick with it and you will be won over. His engaging illustrations coupled with an easy, yet richly descriptive writing style is quite endearing.
The Word and Song Bible by Stephen Elkins. Many of the Bible stories are coupled with fun illustrations that capture my 3-year old's imagination. The CD that accompanies the Bible is a good one too!
A Family Treasury of Little Golden Books. A solid collection with a variety of stories - some with many illustrations and simple stories for the wee ones, and others with fewer illustrations and more complex stories for your older ones.
By now you must have recognized the theme here - treasuries!! The right treasury (good stories with a fair amount of illustrations) is a great deal. Treasuries are also good for travel, good for the pre-reader browsing on his or her own, and very good for the parent who needs the read-aloud variety!
Which books do you consider "re-readables"?