I love children's books. Sometimes I read children's books even when my children aren't with me. I love searching the stacks at the library or book store for fun and interesting titles and then pulling them down off the shelves to read a few pages. I love reading them to my kids and watching their eyes dart from picture to picture as they take everything in. Unless they're dog-tired and it's really really late, we always make time at the end of the day to read at least a couple books to the kids. Tommy's not too big on reading during the day since he's really into his trucks and trains and playing outside, but Annabel will sit for awhile every day and look through a few books or bring some to me to read to her. I love that part of being a mom.
So today, I thought I'd bring you a children's book edition of at the moment and show you the titles that we've recently been reaching for over and over again. Since there's a four year gap between my children, I've created a section for each of them, and then one for books that they're both interested in that we read all together.
This is a new stack of books that I picked up for Tommy before we left for vacation. He's supposed to read about 15 books this summer so these "I Can Read" books will help him finish that homework.
by Tad Hills
-Follow Rocket as he learns his letters and starts to sound out words. Great for a beginning reader.
A Fine, Fine School
by Sharon Creech
-The students at Mr. Keene's school aren't too thrilled when he decides to hold classes on Saturdays and Sundays and holidays and in the summer.
by Lynne Berry
-"Five little ducks pitch five duck tents" and have a big adventure out in the woods.
by Karina Wolf
-The Insomniac Family travels twelve time zones to their new home and become a night family.
The House at the End of Ladybug Lane
by Elise Primavera
-Angelina Neatolini isn't thrilled with her new house until she gets a visit from a friendly ladybug who changes everything.
by Judy Sierra
-Mira Bella and the sea creatures fight to save their beach from certain destruction.
Stuck in the Mud
by Jane Clarke
-A fantastic story about a chick who gets stuck in the mud and the barnyard animals who come to her rescue.
Annie and the Wild Animals
by Jan Brett
-After her cat goes missing in the winter, Annie puts corn cakes at the edge of the woods to try and lure the kitty back. Instead, she ends up feeding lots of wild animals.
Go Dog Go
by P.D. Eastman
-The first book Tommy read all by himself! Dogs go fast and slow, wear silly hats, and have parties up in big trees. Good times.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
by William Joyce
-Mr. Morris Lessmore reads and reads and reads and writes and writes and writes. "Everyone's story matters."
Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site
by Sherri Duskey Rinker
-Say goodnight to all the hard-working trucks as they settle in for the night after a long day.
On the Day You Were Born
by Debra Frasier
-A beautiful story about the world welcoming a baby. "We are so glad you've come!"
Big Red Barn
by Margaret Wise Brown
-Follow all the animals through their day on the farm.
by Jan Brett
-How many animals can fit into Nicki's lost mitten?
Good Morning Good Night
Illustrated by Melanie Mitchell
-Tuck the animals into bed and cover up (or uncover as Tommy and Annabel like to do) the little girl as she rests after a day of swinging high on the swings.
Good Night, Little One
by Salina Yoon
-A lift-the-flap book that shows the different places where animals go to sleep.
Time For Bed
by Mem Fox
-One of my absolute favorites...perfect for before-bed reading. Say goodnight to the different animals and the little girl at the end. "The stars on high are shining bright - sweet dreams, my darling, sleep well...good night!"
Good Night Our World Board Book Series
by Adam Gamble and others
-Each book explores the interesting places to see and things to do in its respective place. Lots of fun to explore.
Look and find books put out by the Disney Company. Annabel LOVES looking through these to find the different pictures.
by Claire Freedman
-Little Bear and Mama Bear talk about what makes Little Bear's bedtime so special.
- Tuck the animal baby flaps into their beds. Annabel loves reading this one over and over again and putting the babies to bed.
by Margaret Wise Brown
-Classic. "Goodnight stars, goodnight air. Goodnight noises everywhere."
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potter
-Peter Rabbit almost got caught by Mr. McGregor but Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail were good little bunnies who had bread and milk and blackberries for supper.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost
-A beautifully illustrated look at one of Robert Frost's most famous poems.
An Octopus Named Mom
by Kathleen Flaherty
-Sometimes it seems like mom needs eight legs to get everything done, but in the end, she just needs a little help from even the smallest of hands.
*We have a signed copy of this book because my Aunt knows the author and illustrator! Check this one out!*
The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats
-Peter heads out into the snow to see what adventures he can find. (Yes, I know it's summer but in all the heat, sometimes it's nice to read about snow!)
Hope you'll check out some of our favorite books! I think you'll enjoy them!
If you have kids, I'd love to hear what books they're enjoying at the moment!