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A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schultz

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Our family enjoys watching the Charlie Brown Christmas special every year. The adults get the nostalgia and pleasure of sharing something from our childhoods with the kids, and the kids seem to really like the Peanuts characters. When I was a kid, I read Peanuts every day in the newspaper, and the TV specials were a treat just a few times each year, that we anticipated weeks in advance. Now, the kids don’t really know what a newspaper is, and can watch and rewatch the TV specials online as much as they like.

This book is a fairly faithful book adaptation of the TV special, with stills from the show and a transcription of most of the dialogue, so if you like the special you’ll probably like the book.

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Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

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This book is a classic, and an essential book for some children who are beginning to learn how to read. It’s fun for parents and children to read together, but I got tired of reading it after the tenth or so time. It reminds me of the song, “The 12 Days of Christmas” in that there is a mountain of words you have to climb over to get to the end.

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Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

 

Calvin and Hobbes ran as a daily newspaper comic strip from November 1985 and November 1995. It was an essential part of my childhood and manages to resonate with children and adults today.

Watterson did not have children during the time he was writing the strip, yet showed real insight into the dynamic between an active child and his exhausted parents.

There are several collections of the strip available.

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault

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We had never heard of this book when it was recommended to us. We have since read it about a brazilian times. For a few months it was always the one our two-year-old wanted to read before bed.

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Charlie and Mouse by Laurel Snyder

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Narwhal and Jelly Series by Ben Clanton

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David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon

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Our 3 year old loves the David books and can “read” along since we have read them many times. The books are full of imaginative illustrations that will appeal to children and adults.