Boy, has it been a rough week around my house…First little Monkey came down with a stomach bug. The next day Bug was under the weather. It took my husband down the next day. And me you ask? Mom’s still going strong (knock on wood!), although feeling a little queasy now and then. Do you ever get to the point where you can’t tell whether you really feel sick or just the thought of having those sick people around you and knowing that you are likely next. Usually when the kids get something, I get something because they want to be held, hugged, rub their faces on your shoulder, you know what I mean! We have instituted a “blow kisses from across the room policy” in hopes of slowing the sick down! Little monkey just wants to be held, and for our little busy one this is rare. She will wiggle off your knee, just to stagger back to you with a stack of books for you to read to her. We have read a lot of books this past week…lots and lots of books.
Each of our girls have favourites, books we find ourselves reading to them over and over, sometimes in the same sitting!
Here’s some of Monkey’s current favourites. After this week, my husband and I are hoping to take a couple days off from these books.
B is for Bear by Roger Priddy (fun textures AND a mirror at the back…what’s not to love!)
Anything by Karen Katz (especially flap books). These have been popular with both our girls.
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch (I think it is the rhythm & repetition in this book that is the selling feature, we normally rock while we read it.)
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox (a great verse book–I often read this to Monkey when she was a new babe)
On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman (not much to say–it’s a beautiful story!)
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (Another lift the flap book, I swear I remember this from my childhood! My kids find it funny)
I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak and How Do I Love You? by Marion Dane Bauer, both illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church (these were Bug’s fav too! I also read these a lot when the kids were newborns)
Goodnight Moon & Big Read Barn by Margaret Wise Brown. (When I flipped through Goodnight Moon after my baby shower I couldn’t imagine reading it to my children. Flash forward about 12 months and it was one of Bug’s favorites. Now, one of Monkey’s favorites. Big Red Barn has a bit more story to it, but the same type of rhyme.)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (who doesn’t like this story?!) (Sorry no picture, this book wasn’t in the stack when I picked books up. I saw it sitting in the glider the next morning.)
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney–This is a popular book, but I found it tedious to read with the frequent use of “Little Nutbrown Hare” and “Big Nutbrown Hare.” (Anybody with me?)
There Were Ten in the Bed (We have a Scholastic copy illustrated by Susan Chapman Calitri. We recently moved it a little higher on the bookshelf as we have read it a lot this week!)
Thomas’s Snowsuit by Robert Munsch–We actually put this away last winter when Bug became obsessed with it. We found ourselves with a toddler who would shout “NO” whenever her snowsuit came out. We had it out for a few reads this winter then decided to shelve it again. I’m sure we’ll get it out again, (maybe when they’re 10 or so!)
What are your little one’s favourite books? Which books drive you so crazy you have hidden or given away?