Monday, August 20, 2012

Fatherhood

I haven't had much to say lately (okay, that's not true.  I have lots to say just not much time to sit and analyze and write out my thoughts.) what with starting school (I will give a rundown of our curriculum for the year very soon.  Promise.) and reinventing our food choices after discovering that one of the kids has a pretty severe gluten sensitivity, and all the other normal family stuff.  I did however come across this nice little blog post about the importance of fatherhood that I thought was worth sharing.  The article FATHERHOOD Part 1: Where Did the Dad Go? discusses many things that seem simple enough but have a big impact on the world we are living in today; a world that looks very different from our parents' world and is still changing.  I just thought that this guy makes you think about why things are the way they are and how dads really are so important.  Read. Enjoy. Discuss.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Good Exercise for Pregnant Women


This article was written by Katie Moore.  Check out her blog, Moore From Katie, where she writes about being a mother and how to keep ourselves and our families healthy.

Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a woman’s life. Throughout my pregnancy, I watched as my body grew with the life inside of me, felt my baby when she kicked, when she tumbled, and when she had the hiccups. The entire process was exciting, but the most exciting part was when I was in labor and knew I would soon meet the littlest love of my life. Labor is a process unlike any other, which means women need to make sure their bodies are as prepared for it as possible. The best way to ensure that her body is prepared for childbirth is to exercise regularly.

Benefits and Risks of Exercise

Exercise strengthens a woman’s muscles, which helps makes birth easier on her body. In addition to making birth easier, exercise has a number of other benefits for pregnant woman. In fact, the exercises recommended for pregnant women are also beneficial to those who have already given birth and women who simply want to get in shape.
Exercise promotes overall health, reduces stress, induces better sleep, relieves muscle and back pain, relieves constipation, and makes women look and feel better.

On the same note, there are certain risks that are associated with exercise for any woman. Some risks include overheating, muscle damage, and injury. Women who do not stretch properly before exercising increase their risk of pulling muscles and injuring themselves. Additionally, pregnant women must keep their heart rate below 140 beats per minute, and they must prevent themselves from overheating while
exercising. Speak to your doctor before starting any exercise regime. Not only is your doctor helpful for planning for delivery options like cord blood banking or pain management, but they should be used as a resource throughout your pregnancy for your overall health.

Exercises For Pregnant Women

Some of the
most beneficial exercises for pregnant women include walking, swimming, kegels, dancing, and yoga. Walking was a great way for me to work muscles and increase blood flow, which helped build and tone muscles. Additionally, walking was a great way to get in a workout just about anywhere, even when I didn’t have much time. Women can walk around the mall to prevent overheating, to lunch from their office, and to the park with their dog; walking does not have to be boring.

Swimming was great for when I was pregnant because it kept me cool. The water prevented me from overheating, which made it safer than most other forms of exercise. Additionally, it helped me to feel good about exercise since I felt weightless in the water, which is something pregnant women do not feel toward the end of their pregnancies. Kegels were another great exercise because they prepared my muscles for birth. I could do them anywhere, without anyone knowing what I was doing.

Dancing is a fun activity for everyone; it burns calories, gets a woman’s blood pumping, and it works a lot of muscles. Yoga is great for pregnant women because it promotes relaxation. Mental and emotional well-being is just as important to women as physical well-being.

With so many fun and easy exercises to do, there is no reason not to exercise during pregnancy; it makes you healthier and starts your baby’s life off right! 


“Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Philosophy of Education

I have been reading a lot in the homeschooling community about the importance of establishing a philosophy of education for your own family.  I realized that without knowing why we study the things we do we are learning "just because".  Because that's what you need to know when you are in X grade.  Because it will be on the test.  Because you need to know this to get into college.  Because you need to get a good job someday.  Or, as my husband says, "So that they won't be idiots and will be productive members of society and get a good job."  Well yes, that's true but it's not good enough for me.  I don't see getting a job and making as much money as you can as the ultimate end.  I don't even think that finding what makes us happy (happiness is such a fleeting, momentary feeling, isn't it?) is the ultimate end. 

So I thought about it and I borrowed some ideas from others and now I have a Philosophy of Education for our family.  Before I tell you all of it I have to give you this disclaimer:  My husband does not agree with this.  He is not a Christian (God's still working on him.  He's a tough shell to crack.)  so he does not have the same view of life and education through the eyes of someone who wants to live in a way that is pleasing to God, not man.  I still chose to define our Philosophy of Education this way because it is the only way I can see it.  Without God I am at a loss; I think, what is the point of all of this?  And since I am the main one designing and implementing our curriculum, I win.  :P  Just kidding.  Sort of.



Philosophy of Education

Goals of Education:
To know and understand God
To know and understand God's creation
To know ourselves and others
To equip us to do the work we are called to do in this world
To equip us to be good stewards of the material things God has given us
To recognize, use and improve upon the talents that God has given us


We study Bible because it is God’s Word. It tells us about Him and ourselves and what he requires of us.  It is the primary way God speaks to us and as such is essential to a relationship with Him.

We study language (grammar, spelling, writing, speech, and reading) to learn effective communication.  This is both to understand the communications of others and to become competent communicators ourselves.  Poor communication can prevent even the best message or idea from being received. Good communication is important in building meaningful personal relationships.  Language and words are one of the greatest tools that God has given us and we must learn to use them properly.

We study math so that we will be prepared to be good stewards of all God has given us. Good financial stewardship is impossible without good mathematical training.  Math is necessary in many of the tasks we perform.   Furthermore, in studying math we learn principles that God has built into His creation.  In math we see most clearly the timelessness of truth.  Two plus two always equals four. Math shows us that real truth does not change.  Math opens our eyes to the magnificent order and perfection of creation, and therefore its Creator.  Math helps us to understand our infinite God.

History is the story of God’s greatest creation.  It shows us God’s character and how He operates.  It is more than just names and dates and events; it is a look into the lives of people from the past and paints a picture of how humanity has changed into what we are today.  It shows us human failings as well as virtues. It gives us examples to follow and examples to avoid.  It helps us understand the issues of our time which enables us to make informed decisions in our world.

Science is the study of God’s creation and the use of that information for the benefit of all. From the creation we learn about the Creator.  He has revealed Himself through all of creation for us to see so that we may never doubt his power and glory.

The beauty and creativity found in the arts reflects the way God has created us in His image, as creators of our own beautiful works.   Trends in the arts also parallel trends in society and as such, they aid in our study of history.  Arts give us another way to communicate ideas.

Literature aids in our study of history.  Literature helps us to explore ideas and understand that they have the power to shape the mind.  It also gives us examples, both good and bad, of what a person can accomplish based on something as simple as an idea. 

Geography aids us in understanding history, current events, cultures, and this world that is home to us all.



These goals and guidelines seem a bit lofty but they give us something to aim at rather than just drifting in an endless sea of knowledge without a purpose or direction.

What goals of education do you think are important to pursue?

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Ohio Homeschool Notification

So here we are, almost midway through the summer and you know what that means, right?  No?   Well, that means that our first official year of homeschooling is rapidly approaching.   I say our first official year not because the previous years were less important, or that we didn't learn anything during those years; no, this is our first official year simply because this is the first year that the government says our oldest son, who is now 6,  must be educated, therefor we are required to inform our local school district's superintendent of our intent to homeschool.  The whole thing is silly I think.  But, that is a political discussion for another day.  I am a law abiding citizen, even if I don't agree with the laws. 

I will make a follow-up post to this with a detailed curriculum and schedule we are using for the year.  Today I just wanted to share our Notification Form and Cover Letter with Brief Curriculum Outline. 

It took quite a lot of searching for me to find and example of a Notification Form and a good example of a cover letter so I am posting this in hopes that it will make the process easier for someone else.

Ohio Homeschool Notification Form page 1

Ohio Homeschool Notification Form page 2
Ohio Homeschool Notification Cover Letter with Brief Outline page 1

Ohio Homeschool Notification Cover Letter with Brief Outline page 2

I have not yet figured out how to share Word Documents on this blog so if you would like an editable copy of any of these forms please email me sowing_little_seeds@yahoo.com and I will get them to you just as soon as I can.

I wish everyone a Happy Independence Day!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I Was Only A Child.........


I wrote this quite a while ago but have never been able to press the "Publish" button because I was afraid.  Afraid of what people would think.  Afraid of what people would say.  Afraid I would offend somebody. Afraid I would hurt somebody. I don't want to be afraid anymore.  It is not really my goal with this to change people's hearts or minds about such a sensitive topic, only the LORD can do that.  I only want to tell what has been on my heart for so many years now.  I believe this may make some people angry. I hope anyone who reads this can realize that this is my story.  I didn't create it with the intention of making anyone feel any certain way or to start a political or moral debate.  This is my story.  That's all.  



I was lied to.  I had more than one abortion before I realized the truth. They were people, my children, separate human beings created in the image of God with their own blood type and unique DNA and brain waves and they could feel pain and they needed me.  They were not just a part of my body that I could choose to dispose of.  They were my children.  They depended on me to survive like all children depend on someone to show them love and meet their physical needs.  I did not realize this truth until years later and now I live knowing that I payed to have my children murdered by a doctor that could "help" me by ripping them apart and removing them from my body.   My body was the only place that they should have been completely safe from the world.  I wish someone had told me the truth - that killing my children was a sin; that they were my children and although I was still a child myself, they depended on me.  I was all they had in the world and I was the one that decided they did not deserve a chance in this world.


It is a decade later and I am a mother of 4 now, all unplanned, and I can honestly say I do not regret a single second of my children's lives, inside or outside the womb.  I am only sorry I didn't understand sooner that the gift of being a mother came not through being financially prepared for a baby, or through planning the perfect time to fit a child into the life I wanted, but through finding the ability to put the life and needs of another person ahead of my own. It breaks my heart that our world gives us, gives children, the *choice* over life and death of our unborn children and they tell us it is OK. We have guilt and regret for a reason; we are doing something unnatural, inhuman.



I do not think that having an abortion makes someone a terrible person. I don't think I am a terrible person.  Just a naïve and selfish one.  Yes, I was once naïve  and selfish; I was a child.



I was naïve to think that by getting rid of the "problem" everything would be OK. It's not. It never will be. I was naïve because I was so willing to believe what the world was telling me. I believed that it is my body and I have a right to do what I want with it. I believed that this wasn't really a baby but more like a part of my body that I had control over. I believed that graduating high school and college and getting a good paying job for myself would make me happy and that making myself happy was the most important thing to consider. I believed that I couldn't attain that happiness if I went through pregnancy and had a baby. I believed all these lies; I was a child.



I was selfish because I thought I had a right to life more than my own children. I was selfish because I never considered the fathers' feelings. Not even for a second. I was selfish because I didn't stop having sex after the first abortion knowing that birth control had failed me already. It was all about me. I was so selfish; I was a child.



I was a naïve and selfish child being told by my world that it was OK. No, more than OK. It was my right and it was the right thing to do.  Only now I’m not so naïve and I am not so selfish and I regret what I’ve done.



I had an abortion, and I am sad about it. But I can't say that. That is something shameful.  Something that must be kept hidden.  Nobody wants to hear about it.  We say abortion is OK.  It is our right; But don't talk about it.  We have cable television and radio shows talking about sex, drugs, birth, and everything in between; but never tell people you had an abortion.  We speak of it being a fundamental right of women; but please, do all of us a favor and keep it to yourself.



Maybe we are afraid of having the truth exposed and being forced to face it.  I know it's scary to face the truth when you have allowed yourself to believe the lies for so long.  I was afraid.  But the truth is more important than our fears.



***I am OK now because I have found forgiveness, grace and truth through Jesus Christ.  I am still sad, but I won’t condemn myself anymore.  I will live knowing that I have been given a new life in Christ.  I am HIS child; and he intends for me to live in abundance, not shame.***





Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bullying


I just wanted to share some stories that I read over the weekend about bullying in schools and my thoughts on them:

Texas Teacher Had Kids Hit Alleged Bully

In this first one, a Kindergarten teacher was having a problem with a 6yo boy in her class being a bully to the other children.  Her (with the collaboration of another teacher) solution:  line all the children up in the class and order them to smack the bully so he can see what it's like.  If she didn't feel that they hit him hard enough they were told to "Hit him again.  Harder!"  At first thought this seems like the old "Hit 'em back!" advice, right?  Yeah, I don't think so. 

It would be a totally different (non-newsworthy) story had that teacher advised those children to stick together when they are getting bullied by him and stand up to him; a great lesson on the power of sticking up for what's right and working together for the good of all.  But her method sends a completely different message; if you have power you can make anyone do anything, even things that they don't think are right and don't want to do.  You see, there were many children in the class that did not want to hit him - his friends and some others that just did not want to hit someone - even if a person of authority told them they should, they knew it was wrong.  But they did it, not because the teacher convinced them it was OK or even the right thing to do, but because she had authority over them and they have been trained to obey or face consequences; and look at the type of consequences this teacher chooses to use. 

This  teacher will not be charged with any type of abuse charges.  She was put on "Administrative leave" - she's still getting paid but not working in the classroom - for now.  Like someone else pointed out, if a mother can be charged for arranging a fight between her daughter and another that has been bad-mouthing and essentially verbally and emotionally bullying her then why is this any different. 

You know the worst part is that when I read this story I was not the least bit surprised.  Pissed off that there are people this ignorant who are training this generation of our country, frustrated at the system that protects these teachers but not the students, irritated that I am spending any of my time as I sit here with my children (who are safe and never for one moment doubt that they are loved and important while they are being educated) thinking of the people that protest our decision to homeschool even though there are stories like this daily, and some very close to home that we have heard from friends whose children have suffered abuse at the hands of a teacher.  But absolutely not surprised. 


Let's look at a situation like this in our homeschooling.  If there is a child that is physically or verbally assaulting my child, more than likely I or another mother will be nearby and will stop it immediately.  If another mother is nearby and does not stop it and I hear about it later, I would go and talk to that mother about it.  If the child still continued to be hurtful to my child then I would take him or her out of the situation where they would have to be around the bully if I were not present. 

And very simply, if it were my child doing the bullying and I saw it he would be disciplined immediately and I would be sure to keep a watchful eye out so that it could not become a habit.  And if I did not witness it I sincerely hope that another parent - or even the other child - would come to me as soon as they could and let me know. 

I can hear the arguments already:
"But you can't protect your child forever." 
"They will have to stand up to bullies someday." 
"That's just the way life is, they need to learn to not be so sensitive."

I do tell my children that they are completely within their rights to stand up to bullies.  But some children just have a different nature.  I was a very sensitive child (except to my sibling, I had not problem standing up to them) and I just could not figure out what to say or do when confronted.  My oldest son has no problem standing up to people but my daughter is more shy and will generally come to me crying if she feels like someone else is belittling her.  I think it is completely different when we are talking about kids and adults.


Remember Jonah Mowry's heart-wrenching cry for help?


A child is forced into a situation and can feel helpless.  Like there is no way out.  As an adult we always have a choice.  If you are in college and get picked on you can figure out a way to stand up to the person/people or you can move dorms, or switch classes, or even switch schools, or leave school altogehter.  We may think, "Why should I have to do that?  I am not doing anything wrong and I shouldn't give the bully the satisfaction of seeing that they got to me."  True, nobody should have to do that, but the point is you have a choice.  You can do one of the above or you could choose to endure the bullying.  The same goes for work.  You may be forced to work with certain people but you are not forced to keep that job.  You always have a choice.  Children in schools don't.  Unless they have a parent or someone else that cares for them to stand up for them and help them either find a solution to their problem that actually works for them, or get them out of that situation. 

And that brings me to the second article.

He's Bullied, But He's Still Got to Go to School!...Doesn't He? 

Actually, NO!  He doesn't!  And isn't that wonderful?!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Does it offend you that I homeschool?

The  conversation usually goes something like this...


Stranger:  "How old are your kids?"

Me: "They are 1, 3, 4, and 5."

Stranger:  "Wow, you must have your hands full.  Are any of them in school yet?"

Me:  "Yeah, we homeschool."

Stranger:  (surprise)  "You must be very patient.  I could never do that."

Me:  "I'm not that patient.  I am constantly working on it though."

Stranger:  (some sort of question about socialization, whether or not I have a teaching degree, how I am going to teach them to read, etc.  I actually had one man, a previous neighbor, say "Don't you think that's pretty arrogant of you to assume you know how to educate your kid better than all the teachers in the public school?" Yeah, people can get pretty rude here)

Me:  "My kids are very social." or "No, you don't need a degree to teach your children." or  "Well, I'll teach them each according to their learning style and when they are ready to learn"  and as for the neighbor, I simply said "I'm sorry you think that.  I have to get back inside.  It was nice talking to you."

Stranger:  "So, what made you decide to homeschool?"

What should I say here? 

"Well we feel that the public school system fails to promote creativity and individuality, encourages teaching to a test to obtain high scores, and creates a prisoner or slave mentality in children, and basically is not a safe, loving, encouraging, or positive environment.  In fact, we believe it to be pretty much the exact opposite.  The school system is an unsafe, unloving, discouraging, and negative environment."

All of these things I have felt about some teacher, class or school at one time or another, not necessarily all of these things about every school all the time. Yes, I know that not every teacher or every class or every school would be described this way. There are some wonderful teachers that truly devote their lives to educating other people's children and the schools, students and families in communities around the country are made better places because of them.  Thank you to those teachers.  You know if you are one of them.  But.  There are no guarantees.

No, of course I don't say that.  If I did ,most people would take that to mean the same thing as if I were to say:

"You must not care about your children  at all to send them to such a horrible place!" ( Before you start your angry comment, hear me out.)

My response is usually some version of :

"There are a lot of different reasons. We have spent a lot of time figuring out what is best for our family, right now, homeschooling is best."

Okay, maybe I have spent more time thinking about it (since my oldest was about 2) than my husband but he listens to my opinion and thankfully respects it and, yes, we are in agreement that at this time, homeschooling works best for us and our children.  There may be a time when that changes and we will put a lot of thought (and prayer) into any other decision we make for our children. 

Even with this very non-confrontational response, the conversation turns slightly uncomfortable about half of the time.  It's as if I have somehow offended someone by the act of not enrolling my children in their  school.

What I would really like to ask at this point is:

"So, what made you decide to public school?"

Hmmmm, I really wonder what kind of response I would get.

I wonder if the people who criticise our family's decision have spent years researching educational choices, questioning themselves, praying for guidance, and learning about their children's personality, interests, and learning styles.  I'm sure some do.  But more probably just say, "Okay, he's 5 now, time to hand him over to the government (also known as enrolling him in public school)"? 

I feel like homeschoolers are constantly being judged, but if we criticise public schools (and it seems that just the act of keeping our children out of public schools is a criticism) then we are judging others, and how dare we!


I carry kids on my back.  Please no comments on the mess in the background or that I obviously hadn't brushed my hair this day...I had a baby and 3 toddlers.  Enough said?
No, I don't like the schools and I think they are a generally unhealthy environment for children and do more harm than good.  But does it offend me that millions of parents enroll their children in the care of mostly strangers each year with no questions asked?  Nope.  I am happy that we all are still free to choose.

Some people choose not to spank their children.  Is that an act of judging me personally for choosing to spank my children?  Probably not.  Who knows,  maybe it is.  Do I care? 





What do you think?

Friday, March 2, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Small Blog Love

I have been honored by a fellow blogger with an award.  I met - is met an acceptable term when you have only conversed online and through email?  I don't know.  I'll go with it. - anyway, I met Kika from Embracing Imperfection just a few weeks ago and she has been a great encouragement to me, both through her personal words to me and through the words of her blog.  Kika is a fellow Homeschool Mommy Blogger and writes about life in those areas as well as health and nutrition, all while embracing the imperfections of life.  You should definitely go and check her out.  (P.S. Kika, I would totally have coffee with you any day.)

I am honored that Kika though of me when deciding to whom she was going to pass on this award:


Liebster is a German word for dearest, beloved, or favorite <3

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In the spirit of fostering new connections, the idea of the Liebster Award is to bring attention to blogs with less than 200 followers. Just a few rules for the recipient which come with acceptance of the award:
1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Copy & paste the award onto your blog.
3. Reveal your own five picks for the award & let them know by
leaving them a comment on their blog.
4. Have faith that the love will spread...
 
 
Ich liebe es! haha.  That is the German McDonald's slogan "I'm lovin' it"  I don't think I'll ever get that out of my head after spending 3 1/2 years stationed in Germany.  Thanks McDonald's.
 
 
Now it's time for me to spread the love with the 5 blogs I will pass the Liebster award on to:
 
 
1. Donation Can - Money, Career, Running and maybe some Fashion in between.
Lacey is a dear friend of mine from my Air Force days.  She writes about her Air Force career, marathon running, fashion on a budget and her personal journey to being debt free (and staying that way) with honesty and simplicity.  Visit her blog to take a peek into the life of one of our generous service members.
 
 
Brianna became a BFF when we met at a church get together for the "under 26" crowd.  We each had 2 kids the same ages (2 y.o. and about 9 months) and we connected immediately.  Having 2 young children, husbands who were in the military and loved video games (that we still can't seem to understand, sigh), and a deep love for Christ and a desire to follow his will gave us plenty to talk about.  She just had a baby!!  So I'm sure it will be quite some time before she is posting again but head over to her blog to check out her beautiful family of 4....oops, I mean 5. ;)
  
3. Sidetracked Mom Bringing you coupons, deals, product reviews, giveaways and more
Cathy is the big sis of one of my oldest (as in I've known the longest not her age, she is younger than me) BFFs and she gives you exactly what she says, and yes, so much more.  She has really got something for everyone and is always giving away cool stuff.  Check out Sidetracked Mom for great deals and recipes everyday.  There is even help for bloggers wishing to "monetize".  I'm not on the money making path now but if I ever decide to go that route, I will go to Cathy for help first!

4.  Lavender's Blue Homeschool A Waldorf-inspired homeschooling journey
Kelly is a homeschooling mama of 2 children whose blog I just recently stumbled upon.  She writes about their homeschooling and parenting experience.  She and I are totally on the same page when it comes to kids and boredom.  Click over and see what she has to say on the topic.

5. Birthblessed Parenting for Life
Amy is a birth doula/breastfeeding educator and the mother of 7 children.  She is a self-proclaimed "relaxed unschooler" and also facilitates parenting and family classes in her community.  Her blog is also a recent discovery but I have never been disappointed.  She always has something interesting to discuss or share.  Head over and see what she is sharing today and leave a comment to let her know you stopped by.


I hope you enjoy these links and keep on passing along the small blog love!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

100+ Picture Books We Love (mostly Twaddle-Free)

My favorite thing about having young children?  Gotta be the picture books.   I love picture books.  I think I want to have 5 more children just so I can have kids to continue reading picture books to. Okay, not really, but maybe...it would be fun. Anyway......back to picture books.   I just love when you can find a great story and great illustrations wrapped up in one tiny package.  Picture books can take children so many places, they are like magic.  There is so much contentment being snuggled up close to mom (or dad, or brother or sister, or grandma or grandpa...okay you get the picture, someone who loves them) listening to her voice tell them a story while they are free to explore the pictures and let their imaginations take them into another world. 


This is a list of our favorite picture books that we enjoy over and over again.   They are not in any specific order other than the order I pulled them off the shelf :)  Favorite authors and illustrators are in bold and italics.






  1. One Fine Day by Nony Hogrogian
  2. The Little Red Caboose by Marian Potter; illustrations by Tibor Gergely
  3. Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
  4. The Flower Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta; illustrations by Leslie Evans
  5. The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese
  6. Swimmy by Leo Lionni
  7. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett; illustrations by Ron Barrett
  8. Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  9. Old Henry by Joan W. Blos; illustrations by Stephen Gammell
  10. Once a Mouse... by Marcia Brown
  11. A Chair for my Mother by Vera B. Williams
  12. A Rainbow of my Own by Don Freeman
  13. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  14. If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff; illustrated by Felicia Bond
  15. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  16. Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Leonni
  17. Shortcut by Donald Crews
  18. Ben's Trumpet by Rachel Isadora
  19. Chicken Soup With Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak
  20. Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue by Maurice Sendak
  21. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen; illustrated by John Schoenherr
  22. Island Boy by Barbara Cooney
  23. Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
  24. Lovable Lyle by Bernard Waber
  25. Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr .Suess
  26. The Story of Ferdinand by Robert Lawson
  27. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
  28. A Color of his Own by Leo Lionni
  29. Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban; illustrated by Lillian Hoban
  30. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Clement Hurd
  31. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch; illustrated by sheila McGraw (I was in tears!)
  32. The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
  33. A Busy Year by Leo Lionni
  34. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
  35. Rumplestiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky
  36. The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman; illustrated by Marla Frazee (we LOVE this!) 
  37. White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt; illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
  38. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  39. On Market Street by Arnold Lobel; illustrated by Anita Lobel
  40. Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Felicia Bond
  41. The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant; illustrated by Stephen Gammell
  42. If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff; illustrated by Felicia Bond
  43. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish; illustrated by Fritz Siebel
  44. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
  45. The Empty Pot by Demi
  46. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  47. Eloise by Kay Thompson
  48. Imogene's Antlers by David Small
  49. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
  50. Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban; illustrated by Garth Williams
  51. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
  52. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  53. Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall
  54. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault; illustrated by Lois Elhert
  55. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Suess
  56. Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever: 82 Wonderful Stories for Boys and Girls
  57. The Eleventhe Hour: A Curious Mystery by Graeme Base
  58. The Day the Babies Crawled Away by Peggy Rathmann
  59. Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall; illustrated by Barbara Cooney
  60. Parts by Tedd Arnold
  61. The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowry; illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren
  62. The Elves and the Shoemaker by Jim LaMarche
  63. My Little Golden Book About GOD by Jane Werner Watson; illustrated by Eloise Wilkin
  64. There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro; illustrated by Jared Lee
  65. The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns; illustrated by Gordon Silveria
  66. Eric Carle's Animals, Animals
  67. Animalia by Graeme Base
  68. The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrations by Leonard Weisgard
  69. Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert
  70. The Saggy Baggy Elephant by K. & B. Jackson; illustrated by Tenggren
  71. Little Cloud by Eric Carle
  72. The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
  73. Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.; illustrated by Eric Carle
  74. The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle
  75. The Very Best Home for Me by Jane Werner Watson; illustrated by Garth Williams
  76. Eloise Wilkin Stories: Nine Beloved Classics
  77. Press Here by Herve Tullet
  78. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  79. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  80. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  81. Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak
  82. Frederick by Leo Lionni
  83. The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Leo Lionni
  84. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess
  85. Freight Train by Donald Crews
  86. Guess How Much I love You by Sam McBratney; illustrated by Anita Jeram
  87. The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
  88. My Many Colored Days by Dr Suess
  89. Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman
  90. Gobble Growl Grunt by Peter Spier
  91. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  92. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
  93. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  94. The Water Hole by Graeme Base
  95. We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (fun to act out!)
  96. Olivia by Ian Falconer
  97. Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
  98. On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier
  99. All the Beatrix Potter Books - Peter Rabbit is our favorite though.
  100. The Little Critter Books by Mercer Mayer
  101. The Magic School Bus books
  102. Emma by Wendy Kesselman; illustrated by Barbara Cooney
  103. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Clement Hurd


 I will get back around to linking all of these books...........sometime in the future.  For now I am tired of typing and ready for bed.


Do you have any suggestions that are not on my list?  I am always up for a trip to the bookstore for more picture books!