Have you been enjoying this “My Best” series so far? My best parenting hacks (part one, since part two will wrap up this series next Friday!!), our favorite arts/crafts projects, uses for stickers were posted the last three weeks. Now you all know how I’m rocking motherhood … or at least using my best tricks to do the best I can!
We are HUGE readers around here – all four of us – as you know from the books I can’t wait to read to my kids and those that are a blast to read in funny voices. We all read before bed – as well as when the girls wake up, before naptime (Puff), during naptime (Squish while her little sister is napping), and many other random times. I am all about literacy and disappearing into the wonderful world of a magnificent book!…
… Although sometimes my kids get so obsessed with certain books that they want me to read it sometimes six (or more!) times a day. I mean, I love some books too … but I space out reading them by years, not minutes.
Therefore, here are my kids’ favorite books – and those I don’t mind reading again, and again, and again. I hope you find some ideas here as you peruse my list.
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See. Classic, right? Puff is OBSESSED with “Brow-neeahr” …. Squish loved it as well, but maybe not quite to the degree her sister does. Makes me wonder how many times I’ve uttered the words “brown bear” so far in my life. Four per reading, six times a day, at least 50 days of reading it that much … wow.
- The Cat in the Hat. Another classic, but this is Dr. Seuss at his best. The rhymes here are sublime. They flow so well you feel like you’re singing the book. I could read this one every day of my life and still love it, I think – and my kids love the “hat cat,” too!
- What’s a Fraggle? Who watched Fraggle Rock as a kid? Me!!! This gem from 1984 is the companion book, and apparently the story is evergreen because Puff in particular adores this book. The way she begs for it – “Fraaaaggle!” – is something I can’t say no to!
- The Day the Crayons Quit. This one is long, so I will do this max twice a day. But, as I’ve written before, it’s hilarious to read each crayon in a different voice. it amuses my kids to no end.
- Steam Train, Dream Train. Originally I liked Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (the companion book) better, but Steam Train has grown on me – maybe it’s because Puff wants to read it every night? The illustrations are great, and I like how it teaches what each car can hold, too.
- The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food. Of the whole series, this was my favorite book … but why? And why do my kids love it the best as well? I don’t know, but sure, I’ll read it again!
- The Hedgehog Leaves Home. Did you know IKEA sells kids books? I didn’t either until my sister gave Squish one awhile back. Coincidentally, it coordinated with her bedroom rug and stuffed hedgehog we’d also bought from there. And yes, the book is as cute as the goods – hilarious (translation glitches?) and gorgeous watercolors. Apparently Amazon sells it (how???) if IKEA is too far from you.
- Iggy Peck, Architect. As an engineer, I simply love little Ig and his passion for building. My kids love this book – as did kids I read it to when I taught a STEM class at the library. This is a unique book with wonderful rhymes, and one we’ve used as a jump-off to look at famous buildings.
- Alphablock. My oldest has read this since she got it at 6m, and now my youngest is starting to like it, too. It’s great for learning the alphabet, is very tactile, and has divine illustrations; I even used the nighttime city scene for M (moon) as inspiration for a wall mural.
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Our copy dates back to at least before 1981 – it doesn’t have a copyright date anywhere. It looks well-loved, and it has been by my sister, my, and my oldest. She loves her stuffed Flopsy (and Puff sleeps with Peter Rabbit every night) and warning her and Peter about Mr. McGregor’s garden!
- I Love My Mommy Because… and I Love My Daddy Because... These companion books have gorgeously illustrated animals that show them in action – which means my kids love to hear us beat our chests like the gorilla on the page or meow like the kitten is to her mommy or get big polar bear hugs like the one in the book gets. Puff especially wanted to be read this every morning and night from about 10-13m.
- Proverbs for Young People. Squish was just besotted by this book when she was about three. She wanted to read it every morning with her milk and my coffee. I think she liked learning the lessons and the cause and effect … and she now quotes proverbs! This is a quirkily illustrated book, but the lessons are timeless and apparently fascinating.
What do you think of my list? Are your kids’ favorites on there? What are theirs? You know I’m always on the lookout for new books to read to my little girls!
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