I am an avid reader. Mark became one when he married me. One of our favorite date nights consists of a book store, coffee, and a comfy chair. As parents to a fifteen month old, we also read a lot of children’s books. I thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorites that we read over and over again.
Little Blue Truck is hands down Samuel’s favorite book. I love that it teaches animals and the sounds they make without saying, “The cow goes, Moo! The dog says, Woof!” It has a great moral of the story, rhymes in a fun way, and has beautiful pictures.
Biscuit Visits the Petting Zoo is a fun book that has a dog, Biscuit, as the main character. This kid loves dogs. So we say woof a lot, but we also enjoy teaching Samuel to pet the animals gently since this is a book he can interact with to feel different textures. The spine of this book has already started to wear off. We read it multiple times a day.
Bright Stanley and the Cave Monster is a colorful, fun book. Samuel loves looking at the pictures, and especially loves if you use different voices for each of the sea creatures.
Elmo’s Birthday Party is for whatever reason a really popular book around here. It’s a touch and feel book, but from an adult’s perspective, I have no idea what makes it so special. However, this is a book that we read over and over again in the same sitting. It’s strange. However, even though I disagree, the kiddo loves it.
Truck (First Words)is popular because it contains Vroom Vrooms. Samuel hasn’t been super fond of easy first words books, but this one along with Tractor (First Words)totally intrigue him. The pictures are very unique, subtle, and not cheesy. The pictures are fun to look at and the books have a boyish feel about them.
Where’s Spot is a fun book with a lot of opportunities to play peek-a-boo! Samuel loves lifting the flaps to reveal a new animal as we look for … wait for it … a dog!! Did I mention that Samuel loves dogs?
Guess How Much I Love You is another classic. Samuel’s Grammy is a librarian, and so she’s been gifting books to Samuel since he was born. This was one of the first ones she gave him, and it’s also a recorded version of her reading it. I often find Samuel sitting with his legs sprawled and this book on his lap. It’s such a sweet story.
Be My Friend, Floppy Puppy is a great texture book. It’s beautifully illustrated, and has a fun story line. Again, I’m a broken record, but Samuel just loves dogs. Mark says it’s God’s sense of humor …