I had originally thought that I could just write all of my favorite books in one post, but that became ridiculous as I started listing books. I'm a reader, and I'm trying to make my children into readers too, why else have a library in our house? I remember when my oldest was a baby and I would run through 50-100 book readings per day. Not necessarily 50 different books, maybe 20 or 30 that I could repeat a few times, but I couldn't really fathom what other mother's were doing if they weren't reading. Skip ahead two more children and I have a great idea what you are doing if it isn't reading, taking care of your other children:) I do still read to all of my kids each day, but I wanted to write down my favorites so that I wouldn't forget them and so that I could be reminded of them when I'm in that mommy-fog that occasionally will descend on me.
This is my current book tester:
1) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - So much fun, and once kids get older they can "read" it to you, since it's so easy to remember. We also own it's sister books, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? Board Book.
2) The Very Hungry Caterpillar - I love Eric Carle (the author) and his books feature paper collage images. This one has the days of the week, counting, colors, plus an easy to read story that you won't get tired of and want to throw out hte window.
3) Pat the Bunny - it's a classic for a reason.
4) Sassy Hello Bee, Hello Me Book - soft vinyl (plastic?) for chewing on, rhymes, mirrors, animals... Plus hte opportunity to make lots of bee buzzing sounds. You can see how chewable it is below:) It's out of stock currently from Amazon, but it's awesome, so keep your eyes out for it.
5) Almost anything by Sandra Boynton. Specifically, The Going-To-Bed Book, which was our bedtime book for years. It's good and not too long, so that the bedtime routine of sometimes-bath, teeth, jammies, book, prayer, bed didn't get too long. Plus it's so easy to read that I memorized it and on vacation I could just recite the book to them by heart and it had the same go-to-sleep effect on them! Hippos Go Berserk is also great although this is about counting and you can do fun math with it, so my three year old son still loves it.
Here are some more of our slightly-chewed-on collection in situ. That just means "in place" but it reminds me of architecture school when I
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