Our 6 year-0ld son has starting asking “Do we get to keep this?” when it comes to books. I brought home several library books from a quick trip the other day and all three big kids devoured them. When Ezra confirmed that they were library books and needed to be returned, he said, “I wish we could keep them!” Now that two of our kids can read independently, books are doubly treasured – much more than any toy, movie, or game. Ezra is especially intrigued by graphic novels for kids, giving them repeat reads.
With this in mind, I sent the Easter Bunny a note, asking her to bypass the dollar store trinkets, stuffed animals, and candy overloads this year. I sent her this list of Great Graphic Novels from Good Ok Bad instead. She discovered a wealth of awesome sounding books for kids, including ones with central female characters. Operation Book Lover’s Easter Basket officially launched and the Bunny went to work.
8 Year-Old Ella
Ella is known for her high expectations from authors to represent girls in an interesting way. She isn’t satisfied with the token girl sidekick (“Why is there only one?”). So, when the Easter Bunny spied Zita The Spacegirl with glowing, 5 star reviews, she knew it was the one. Plus, the story of a girl pulled into opposite end of the universe to save her best friend would also intrigue Ezra in the future. Ella races through books in a day and, without excesses of candy and random toys, the Easter Bunny splurged on the series.
6 Year-Old Ezra
Ezra‘s Kindergarten teacher is a genius with teaching literacy. We are astonished by how quickly Ezra’s reading ability and comprehension has grown over the school year. He is now staying up late to read and smuggling chapter books from his sister’s room (“Use a bookmark, Ezra! Don’t bend the pages!”). While he is still working on comprehension, Ezra loves comic books and graphic novels like Sisters and Garfield. The Easter Bunny waffled between Bone and Mouseguard, but ultimately couldn’t resist Hahne’s description on Ok Good Bad.
[Bone is] Something like Lord of the Rings but with more humour and heart. One of the best graphic novels ever yet made.
Who could resist getting the whole series? These books sound like Easter gifts for mom and dad too!
Nearly 4 Year-Old Kai
Kai loves repetition with books. If he enjoys a book, you will read it every night for at least a week. Sometimes, he expands his selection, but he has a few well-loved standards. These include Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Pinkalicious, and My Truck is Stuck. We recently introduced Kai to the Pigeon books, so the Easter Bunny decided to add MO Willem’s the Elephant and Piggie to the mix. I’m excited to laugh along with Kai, plus these always have memorable moments he can look forward to each time.
Baby loves board books and we have so many to enjoy! The Easter Bunny decided he needs a new teething toy and some Hyland’s drops, but don’t worry – he joins us every night for story time too!
What are some of your favorite kid’s books? What do you put in your Easter baskets?