Books written by Hayley
Children's book clubs
We have been very pleased with the Baby's First Book Club; they
send about one book a month, pretty well adapted to the age of your
child, and if you don't like it you just send it back. We keep them
all, since they are not too expensive, and she seems to like all of them
(though not always right away). There are lots of books with flaps and
popups and other things that kids seem to really like.
Hayley's favorite books
Under a year
- Pat the bunny
- Look at me books
- Published by Dutton. This is a series of books with
colorful pictures of babies doing things like eating, playing, dressing,
etc. Hayley really liked these for a long time; we got very sick of
them. Medium size,
- The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs
- A touch and feel book based on the delightful Snowman video. Medium size, hard pages.
- Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
- A classic, really nice story. The pictures are colorful and full of
detail; some of the pictures show details enlarged, which is interesting. Lots
of subtle differences from one scene to the next (they are all of a
child's room at night). This was one of Hayley's favorites for a while.
Small, hard pages.
- The Sandman
- Published by the Baby's First Book Club (no author
given). A short and simple story about the Sandman, who comes around at
night to put children to sleep. I didn't particularly like this book,
but Hayley did. Large, colorful, hard pages.
- The Whose books, by Keith Faulkner
- A little boy visits various animals, looking at their homes, their
food, etc. Big flaps open out. Very simple pictures. Medium size,
tough paper pages.
- The Spot books, by Eric Hill
- Spot is a little dog who has simple adventures. Flaps open.
Simple, colorful drawings. Medium size, tough paper pages.
- Thumbelina, by Hans Christian Anderson
- This is a book that Kathy had when she was a child. Strange
pictures; they look like photos of accurate figurines. Hayley liked to
look at the pictures a lot. Large, hard pages.
- Winnie the Pooh books, by Janet Campbell
- Book versions of the Disney cartoon versions of A.A. Milne's books.
Weird, huh? Like the cartoons, they are pretty true to the original,
but the pictures are much more colorful and appealing to children.
Large, paper pages.
- Golden books
- A series of Disney and other books; quite a range of ages. Hayley
likes the 101 Dalmations and ones with Mickey Mouse. Medium size, hard
cover, paper pages.
- The Velveteen Rabbit, by Marjorie Williams
- Ken Basye and
Debbie Merrill gave her a really nice edition of this story, illustrated
by ???. A boy's favorite stuffed rabbit becomes real when the boy
finally outgrows him. One of my favorite stories.
Other peoples' recommendations
Here are some books that looked good; I would be interested to hear from
anyone who has seen them.
- Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti -- Anna Hines
- Anna Banana and Me -- Lenore Blegvad
My favorite books from my childhood
- Narnia books
- C.S. Lewis' Narnia books
These were far and away my favorite books of all time. They describe
the adventures of four brothers and sisters (the later books center
around other characters) who discover a door into another world, where
animals talk and magic is commonplace. I can't recommend these books
strongly enough. Probably good for eleven or twelve year olds.
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
- Prince Caspian
- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
- The Silver Chair
- The Horse and His Boy
- The Magician's Nephew
- The Last Battle
- Willard Price's Adventure series
- This is a long series (thirteen or fourteen books, I think)
describing the adventures of two boys (about thirteen and fifteen) who
travel with their father to many different places to capture animals for
zoos. The stories are fictional, of course, but the natural history
facts are extremely accurate. I am often amazed by how much I learned
from these books, and they are fascinating to read. Aimed at twelve to
fourteen year olds.
- Roald Dahl
Very entertaining stories; Dahl has an amazing imagination. These three
are good for younger children, perhaps eight or nine. Roald Dahl has
also written a number of wonderful short stories for adults; they have
the same kind of crazy light-hearted humour, but usually center around
humorous sexual situations. I strongly recommend these to adults who
like light fiction. Some of them are:
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- James and the Giant Peach
- The Great Glass Elevator (exact title?)
- My Uncle Oswald
- Kiss, Kiss
- Over to You
- Someone Like You
- Switch Bitch
- The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
Last modification : 1 Dec 1995