Reads Books With Children
Bruce Baskir
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Missouri
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With the end of summer, you know that the holidays are just around the corner, and for me that means finding gifts for the grand-nieces and nephews. I've always felt that books are one of the most appropriate gifts for children too young to appreciate board games, but I'm having trouble remembering which classics I've given to which set of kids.

I'm looking for books that can be read in a single sitting, or, if a collection of stories, then stories that can be finished in one night. (Sorry, no Harry Potter.) I've listed the books that I remember from when I was growing up, and the ones I remember from when my kids where growing up.

It always surprises me that different households read different sets of books, and that not everyone has a copy of Where the Wild Things Are. The US postal service recently issued a series of stamps commemorating children's books, and darned if I couldn't recognize half of them. So if I've left out your personal favorite, please add it with an explanation why you feel that it belongs in the Must Read category for children.
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51. Board Game: Miss Spider's Board Game [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
Drew
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Wisconsin
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David Kirk's Miss Spider books are all pretty cool. The illustrations are outstanding. Miss Spider's Wedding is probably my favorite for reading aloud, though I don't think the kids quite get the subtext of Spiderus's creepy interest in Miss Spider. zombie

Also worth checking out is the "Miss Spider's Sunny Patch" television show, which I think aired (still airs) on Nickelodeon, but we've checked out DVDs from the library. Perfectly appropriate television for young kids, and Spiderus is more of a self-absorbed buffoon here.
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52. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:134]
Bonaparte
United States
DesMoines
Washington
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Bunch of sissy books. No wonder our education system is failing. Set the bar high people.
 
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53. Board Game: Wicked Witches Way [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1466]
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New Zealand
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Badjelly the Witch - Spike Milligan.

 
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54. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1657]
Lindsay Thomas
United Kingdom
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My children love it when I read them sections from the Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual.

I have to paraphrase a lot of words into simpler ones that they can understand.

They love films and books and games about monsters.
 
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55. Board Game: Tintin [Average Rating:4.79 Overall Rank:10350]
Lindsay Thomas
United Kingdom
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I loved Tintin when I was young. I still do.

My children love Tintin.

There's something magical about the artwork. The larger pictures are wonderful miniature individual works of art.

Herge was a genius.

Captain Haddock - what a great character - especially in The Crab With The Golden Claws.
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56. Board Game: Tom Swift [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
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United States
Spokane Valley
Washington
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Tom Swift was mentioned earlier in this Geeklist, but I thought he(they) deserved their own entry. The Tom Swift Jr. books are by far the most popular of the series, but the original Tom Swift (Jr.'s father as a boy), Tom Swift III, Tom Swift IV, etc. are fun to read, especially with the boys. The Orignal Tom Swift books first started appearing way back in 1910 and the latest one that I know about came out last year (2007). Almost 100 years and over 100 books.
 
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57. Board Game: Little Black Sambo [Average Rating:1.00 Unranked]
Stephen Groves
New Zealand
Auckland
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I just thought of this one and remember being amused by the tigers turning into butter. It was in my primary school class "library" in the mid-70s which shows how un-PC the times were as even I, as a 5 year old, found the title rascist. The story itself has no racial nastiness however and the history of the book is quite interesting...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Black_Sambo
Does anyone actually own the boardgame?
 
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58. Board Game: Little Storm in the Bathroom [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Calavera Soñando
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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A timeless classic for little children:

Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi, illustrations by Amanda Mayer Stincheum
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59. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:319]
Daryl Wilks
United States
Peshastin
Washington
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Listen to the Desert by Pat Mora/Illustrated by Francisco X. Mora

This little book is written bilingual in Spanish and English. My boys, 2 & 4 love it! Sometimes I will hear a little voice saying the word from the book during random parts of the day. I understand that hearing other languages at a young age can help you learn other languages easier when you're older.
 
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60. Board Game: Ha-Ha Hair-do! [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
David Heiligmann
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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Finally, a geeklist I could add to for some time!

As an elementary school librarian, one of my favorites is Robert Munsch's "Stephanie's Ponytail". An excellent example of being a leader instead of a follower, and the pratfalls of not doing your own thing.

I don't think you can go wrong with ANY of Munsch's books, and I have editions in both English and Spanish in my library.
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61. Board Game: The Creature From The Black Lagoon Mystery Game [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
David Heiligmann
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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Another very readable series is Mike Thaler's "Black Lagoon" books, usually with school settings, but recent books have included a dentist. Both in story form and slightly longer novel form, they are still favorites of my kids.
 
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62. Board Game: The Adventure League [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Aaron Watson
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West Jordan
UT
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I loved reading the "Choose your Own Adventure Books". Making the decisions yourself really immersed you in the stories and helped you see the consequences of decisions.

I think they could be a good bed time read for younger kids as you let them decide what happens next.
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63. Board Game: Fang Bang [Average Rating:4.55 Unranked]
Aaron Watson
United States
West Jordan
UT
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Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, by Mordecai Richler

Never read any of the other "Two-Two" books, but I recall getting wrapped up in this adventure when I was a kid.
 
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