My darling sister and her husband are expecting their first child this autumn, and I couldn’t be more excited. This little girl is going to be the most loved, most talented, most beautiful woman the world has ever seen, and I get to be her aunt.
I take my duties as Awesome Aunt Emily very seriously, and so I have come up with a great gift for my niece: a starter library.
Obviously, such a library must have,
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis,
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery,
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling,
- Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott,
but it might take her a little while before she can read those, so picture books are needed.
(Unless she’s Matilda – need to include Matilda.)
So, there should also be,
- the Madeline books by Ludwig Bernelmans (especially Madeline and the Gypsies),
- the Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish, and
- Princess Furball by Charlotte S. Huck.
And then there are the books that every child needs to have, no matter what:
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd ,
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak,
- Anything and everything by Dr. Seuss,
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, etc.
This has the potential to be really expensive…
But these are just books I like and that I think are important. I’d like to hear from you all:
What books do you think are necessary for children to read?
Are there any books you wish you had read as a child?
Are there books that you plan on read to your children some day?
Note – I want to buy books that will encourage my niece not to settle for being a Disney princess but to be a queen. Thus, I’m partial to books with strong female protagonists and decent, good male characters because I want her to have good influences in her life.
In other words, suggest Twilight or Gossip Girl and risk my wrath.