I’m a crazy book lady. Not so much for me (still trying to find the time), but for my kids–well at least one of my kids. When Nora was born, I read an insane amount of books to her. We could not have enough books in the house to read. It was our top activity. Full disclosure…my mom is a children’s literacy specialist, so I guess it runs in the family.
HOWEVER…George came along and we would read, but when he started to move, and make decisions (?), he would always push the book shut. What?! This is supposed to be a magical moment, little man. I tried moving the book around or holding it far away, but somehow he managed to close it on up. And in his mind, why would you read books when you can eat them?
I soon realized that book-reading was not our thing, or at least at this stage. So his bedtime routine is pretty short–on a good night, I do a little singing. I assume he will grow out of this??
Here is our favorite book list, for those of you who are looking for a little literary inspiration (you know, if your kids are into that sort of thing).
Tips from my mom–the expert:
Don’t skip the big words
Well-written picture books are highly recommended even when kids start reading on their own, the vocabulary is unmatched and the pictures help them develop memory skills
Rhyming books help children develop phonemic awareness–a critical skill for emergent readers
Don’t just read short board books to babies…they are absorbing more than you think
Engage your child in conversation about the story and pictures
Goodnight Moon–the world’s best bedtime story
Each Peach Pear Plum–the first book I learned to read (I mean memorize)
Guess How Much I love You–to the moon and back…naturally
Dr. Seuss’s ABC–great vocabulary and alliteration
Eloise–a girl who lives at the Plaza in NYC…how could you resist
Corduroy–everyone needs a home
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What do you See?–repetition, repetition
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb–I find myself singing this one to the kids in the car
Blueberries for Sal–don’t get lost on blueberry hill
Make Way for Ducklings–little ducks + boston = adorable
The Napping House–I wish this was my house
Pete The Cat: I Love My White Shoes–one of life’s greatest lessons summed up
Little Pea–turns out peas like spinach for dessert
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom–catchy
The Day the Crayons Quit–just wait till you get to the page with the naked crayon
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale–relatable parenting
Diary of a Worm–macaroni necklaces for worms look a little different
Seven Hungry Babies–it’s daddy’s turn to fly
Elephant & Piggie series–if you could hear my voices for these two
E-Mergency!–what happens without the letter “e”
Charlie the Ranch Dog–I love a lazy dog
All the World–one of the most poignant children’s poems
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site–this one makes me sleepy too
Bridget’s Beret–what’s artists block?
Bed Hogs–I love pigs
Poke-A-Dot Old McDonald’s Farm–baby crack (I like pushing the buttons too)
and to file under WTF?
Good Dog, Carl –have you seen this one? a dog left to take care of a baby for the day…involving a push down the laundry shoot, swimming in the fish aquarium, and hair drying (my apologies if this is one of your favorites)