Thanks. We have a large collection of children's books (as part of the general *large* number of books in the house
) You may never be able to stop me now.
Other picture books:
Rosemary Wells has done some wonderful books gentle without being sappy or pedantic and full of humour. The "Max and Ruby" series such as "Max's Chocolate Chicken" retellings of "Pandora's Box" and "Midas" (Midas is a little bunny boy who does not want to eat his fruits and vegetables. So he turns things (and his family) into various desserts.) Other characters who are in a number of her stories are Yoko, a cat who is Japanese but goes to "Hilltop School" with some of Wells' other creations.
A particular favourite here is the "Bunny Planet" set: 3 books about a child (drawn as a rabbit) who has a particularly bad day so they "need a trip to the Bunny Planet" when they have "the day that should have been". They are "First Tomato" "Moss Pillows" and "The Island Light".
She also wrote a series of books about a small white terrier named "McDuff" that are illustrated by Sn Jeffers what is very nice.http://www.rosemarywells.com/
Another good one is Tomie de Paola. His picture books about growing up with his Italian and Irish grandparents such as: "Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs" "The Art Lesson" are very good and support love and respect in familes. "Now One Foot, Now the Other " is about a boy and his grandfather and what happens sometimes when a grandparent gets ill and can't do what they used to do.
He as written and illustrated Irish and Italian folk tales and a number of books on religious themes: Bible Stories, St. Patrick, St. Christopher, St. Mary the Virgin and a good number of others. He also has illustrated books with religious themes by other authors such as "The Holy Twins: Benedict and ScholasticaTHE HOLY TWINS: BENEDICT AND SCHOLASTICA" by Kathleen Norris.http://www.tomie.com/books/index.html
Not on a religious idea, but good entertaining fun books for other children: The "Asterix and Obelix" series. They're French comic strip style about a village of Gauls during the time of Julius Ceasar. Lots of fun and nothing 'naughty' that I can think of.
We have a good number of older children's books too. Our middle child (just turned 10) read the "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle" books and likes them alot.
I'll be back with more