Aiden Hansen Memorial Lending Library

***The lending library at Aiden's school is now up and running.  Thank you for all the contributions to help get this off the ground.*** 

We started reading to Aiden in the hospital a few days after he was born.  We got a few funny looks (why would you be reading to an infant?) but that didn't faze us.  After sitting bedside for hours, your run out of songs to sing and things to say.  So books helped fill the time and keep us engaged with Aiden.  Aiden very quickly developed a love for reading and his book collection grew. 

While we read books throughout the day, the most special reading time was before bed.  We would snuggle up in bed with Aiden and he would rest his head on your arm or shoulder.  Aiden started memorizing books and poems at an early age. Here is a video of Aiden reading one of the books he had memorized, Milo The Mechanic

When Aiden started school, he was drawn to the language work.  He started learning the sounds of the letters and would create sound books.  Almost every day Aiden would come home from school with a new sound book that he had made.  He was so excited to show off his new book.  He would read them to his sister and he would pull out the whole collection of sound books to show visitors.

By the end of the school year Aiden was beginning to read.  When we would pick him up from school, he would be sitting on the little blue couch reading a book.  And at home, he would squeeze into a chair with Lilah and read books to her.

After Aiden's passing, his teacher created the lending library in memory of Aiden and his love of reading.  She also created a butterfly sticker that is colored by the donating family or one of the children in the class.  This butterfly is then stuck to the inside cover of the book.

There is still room for more books, so if you have a children's book (for ages 3-6) in good condition or would like to purchase one, please contact us and we will let you know where to send it.

Below is a list of books currently in the lending library:

  1. 7 Habits Of Happy Kids, The Covey, Sean; Curtis, Stacy
  2. Animals in Winter Bancroft, Henriett; Gelder, Richard G. Van
  3. Around the Year: a Picture Book Beskow, Elsa|Beskow, Elsa Maartman
  4. Bear Snores On Wilson, Karma; Chapman, Jane
  5. Bear Wants More Wilson, Karma; Chapman, Jane
  6. Bear's New Friend Wilson, Karma; Chapman, Jane
  7. Berenstain Bears' Home Sweet Tree, The Berenstain, Stan; Berenstain, Jan
  8. Big Red Barn Brown, Margaret Wise; Bond, Felicia
  9. Big Smelly Bear Teckentrup, Britta
  10. Billywise Nicholls, Judith; Cockroft, Jason|Cockcroft, Jason
  11. Blueberries For Sal McCloskey, Robert; Group, Pearson Early Learning
  12. Butterfly Garden, The Minarik, Else Holmelund
  13. Caps For Sale: a Tale Of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business Slobodkina, Esphyr
  14. Charley's First Night Hest, Amy; Oxenbury, Helen
  15. Clip-clop Smee, Nicola
  16. Cork And Fuz: Short and Tall Chaconas, Dori; McCue, Lisa; Chaconas, Dori J.
  17. Cork And Fuzz: Best Friends Chaconas, Dori; McCue, Lisa
  18. Cork and Fuzz: Finders Keepers Chaconas, Dori; McCue, Lisa
  19. Cork And Fuzz: Good Sports Chaconas, Dori; McCue, Lisa
  20. Cork And Fuzz: No Fooling Chaconas, Dori; McCue, Lisa
  21. Cork And Fuzz: The Babysitters Chaconas, Dori; Cue, Lisa
  22. Cork And Fuzz: The Collectors Chaconas, Dori; McCue, Lisa
  23. Cork And Fuzz: The Swimming Lesson Chaconas, Dori; McCue, Lisa
  24. Cork And Fuzz: Wait a Minute Chaconas, Dori; McCue, Lisa
  25. Curious George Rey, H.A.; Rey, H. A.; Rey, Margret
  26. Curious George Flies a Kite Rey, Margret; Rey, H.A.|Rey, H. A.
  27. Curious George Gets a Medal Rey, H.A.; Rey, H. A.; Rey, Margret
  28. Curious George Goes to the Hospital Rey, Margret; Rey, H.A.; Rey, H. A.; Rey, Hans Augusto
  29. Curious George Learns the Alphabet Rey, H.A.|Rey, H. A.; Rey, Hans Augusto
  30. Curious George Rides a Bike Rey, H.A.; Rey, H. A.; Rey, Hans Augusto
  31. Curious George Takes a Job Rey, H.A.; Rey, H. A.; Rey, Hans Augusto
  32. Days With Frog and Toad Lobel, Arnold
  33. Dear Zoo: a Lift-the-flap Book Campbell, Rod
  34. Discovery Roar at the Zoo Publishing, Parragon Books
  35. Don't Be Silly, Mrs. Millie! Cox, Judy; Mathieu, Joe
  36. Falcon Jessell, Tim
  37. Fire Cat, The Averill, Esther
  38. Frog and Toad All Year Lobel, Arnold
  39. Frog and Toad Are Friends Lobel, Arnold
  40. Frog and Toad Together Lobel, Arnold
  41. Grandfather Twilight Berger, Barbara Helen
  42. Guess How Much I Love You McBratney, Sam; Jeram, Anita
  43. Harold and the Purple Crayon Johnson, Crockett
  44. Harry and the Lady Next Door Zion, Gene; Graham, Margaret Bloy
  45. Harry the Dirty Dog Zion, Gene; Graham, Margaret Bloy
  46. Hop On Pop Seuss, Dr.
  47. How to Read a Story Messner, Kate; Siegel, Mark
  48. If You Give a Pig a Pancake Numeroff, Laura Joffe; Bond, Felicia; Numeroff, Laura
  49. Jenny and the Cat Club: a Collection Of Favorite Stories About Jenny Linsky Averill, Esther
  50. Kiss For Little Bear, A Minarik, Else Holmelund; Sendak, Maurice
  51. Kiss Good Night Hest, Amy; Jeram, Anita
  52. Little Bear Minarik, Else Holmelund; Sendak, Maurice; Minarik, Elsa Holmelund
  53. Little Bear's Friend Minarik, Else Holmelund; Sendak, Maurice
  54. Little Blue Truck Schertle, Alice; McElmurry, Jill
  55. Little Fur Family Brown, Margaret Wise; Williams, Garth
  56. Little Moose Who Couldn't Go to Sleep, The Claflin, Willy; Stimson, James
  57. Magic School Bus Plants Seeds: a Book About How Living Things Grow Degen, Bruce; Speirs, John; Cole, Joanna; Relf, Patricia
  58. Magic Tree House: Afternoon On the Amazon Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  59. Magic Tree House: Buffalo Before Breakfast Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  60. Magic Tree House: Civil War On Sunday Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  61. Magic Tree House: Day Of The Dragon King Osborne, Mary Pope
  62. Magic Tree House: Dingoes at Dinnertime Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  63. Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  64. Magic Tree House: Dolphins at Daybreak Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  65. Magic Tree House: Earthquake in the Early Morning Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  66. Magic Tree House: Ghost Town at Sundown Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  67. Magic Tree House: Good Morning, Gorillas Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  68. Magic Tree House: High Tide in Hawaii Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  69. Magic Tree House: Hour Of The Olympics Osborne, Mary Pope
  70. Magic Tree House: In Love Osborne, Mary Pope
  71. Magic Tree House: Lions at Lunchtime Osborne, Mary Pope
  72. Magic Tree House: Mummies in the Morning Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  73. Magic Tree House: Night Of the Ninjas Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  74. Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  75. Magic Tree House: Polar Bears Past Bedtime Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  76. Magic Tree House: Revolutionary War On Wednesday Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  77. Magic Tree House: Stage Fright On a Summer Night Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  78. Magic Tree House: Sunset Of the Sabertooth Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  79. Magic Tree House: Thanksgiving On Thursday Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  80. Magic Tree House: The Knight At Dawn Osborne, Mary Pope
  81. Magic Tree House: Tigers at Twilight Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  82. Magic Tree House: Tonight On the Titanic Osborne, Mary Pope
  83. Magic Tree House: Twister On Tuesday Osborne, Mary Pope; Murdocca, Sal
  84. Magic Tree House: Vacation Under The Volcano Osborne, Mary Pope
  85. Me and the Measure Of Things Sweeney, Joan
  86. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Burton, Virginia Lee
  87. Milo the Mechanic Speirs, John; Dubowski, Cathy East
  88. Moon Plane McCarty, Peter
  89. Moongame Asch, Frank
  90. Napping House, The Wood, Audrey; Wood, Don
  91. National Geographic Readers: Jump, Pup! Neuman, Susan B.
  92. National Geographic Readers: Sea Otters Marsh, Laura F.
  93. Old Bear and His Cub Dunrea, Olivier
  94. Owl Moon Yolen, Jane; Schoenherr, John
  95. Pancakes, Pancakes! Carle, Eric
  96. Pelle's New Suit Beskow, Elsa
  97. Pete the Cat's Train Trip Dean, James
  98. Peter in Blueberry Land Beskow, Elsa
  99. Pickles in My Soup Pearson, Mary E.; Payne, Tom
  100. Pinkalicious: Cherry Blossom Kann, Victoria
  101. Quick As a Cricket Wood, Audrey; Wood, Don
  102. Reader, The Hest, Amy; Castillo, Lauren
  103. Silly Sally Wood, Audrey
  104. Skeleton Inside You (Let's Read and Find Out Science Book), The Balestrino, Philip
  105. Sophie Pop-up Peekaboo! Sirett, Dawn; S.A.S., Deliso
  106. Super Submarines Mitton, Tony; Parker, Ant
  107. Teddy Bears' Picnic, The Kennedy, Jimmy; Day, Alexandra
  108. There's a Wocket in My Pocket! Seuss, Dr.
  109. Tom and Pippo and the Dog Oxenbury, Helen
  110. Tom and Pippo and the Washing MacHine Oxenbury, Helen
  111. Tom and Pippo Go Shopping Oxenbury, Helen
  112. Tom and Pippo in the Garden Oxenbury, Helen
  113. Tom and Pippo in the Snow Oxenbury, Helen
  114. Tomten, The Lindgren, Astrid; Wiberg, Harald; Rydberg, Viktor
  115. Tomten and the Fox, The Lindgren, Astrid; Wiberg, Harald
  116. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Pinkney, Jerry
  117. Velveteen Rabbit, The Williams, Margery; Jorgensen, David
  118. Warning: Do Not Open This Book! Lehrhaupt, Adam; Forsythe, Matthew
  119. When Charley Met Grampa Hest, Amy; Oxenbury, Helen
  120. Where the Wild Things Are Sendak, Maurice
  121. Where's Spot? Hill, Eric
  122. Woody, Hazel, and Little Pip: Mini Edition Beskow, Elsa

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