Reading Together

Been awhile since I’ve posted about what L and I are reading lately..

Here are our most frequently read books over the past few weeks:

Winnie the Pooh’s 1, 2, 3 by Ernest H. Shepard

The more recent character obsession, Winnie the Pooh. We love reading the older picture books illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard.

Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia

After reading this book dozens of times, L enjoys pointing out what colors the cars are she sees on the street. A great book for toddler age children. I also recommend Tip Tip Dig Dig, the construction site version.

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

A bedtime must every day for the past few weeks. Such a creative, yet simple cut-paper book.

Old Hat, New Hat by Stan & Jan Berenstain

Jan Berenstain passed away in February. Her books were always a favorite of mine growing up. The Berenstain Bears books are a little on the long side for an almost 2-year old, but this easy reader is a fun, quick read.

I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom, illustrated by Richard Scarry

For some reason Nicholas, the bunny in this book, reminds me of L. Not sure why, but I found it at a local bookstore and we’ve been reading it ever since.

Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier

Whimsical book with… well… lots of dots.

Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

This is a nice springtime book about colors found in nature.

Marshmallow Kisses by Linda Crotta Brennan, illustrated by Mari Takabayashi

A book about two sisters and the most perfect summer day.

Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn’t Fit by Catherine Rayner

Poor Ernest the moose is so big, he can’t fit in the pages of this book. I’m a softy for books where a situation doesn’t particularly work for one character and other characters help to make it inclusive, a comfortable environment for everyone.

Wow! Ocean! by Robert Neubecker

Very simple story, very colorful and elaborate pictures of life in and around the ocean.

Five Little Ducks by Raffi, illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey

A co-worker used this song for stortyime last week. L really likes singing it, so we checked out the book and sing-a-long while reading it.

Hugs from Pearl by Paul Schmid

L likes this book for 2 reasons. 1) There is a picture of a swing. 2) There is a picture of band-aides. Sold.

I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn, illustrated by Julia Denos

These last two picks are my picture book picks. They are too long to read with L, but we look at the pictures. If you have a 4-year old or older, I highly recommend both. They are a couple of the sweetest books I’ve read all year. I Had a Favorite Dress is about a young girl and a dress her mother keeps up-cycling into different garments. Because like all kids, they grow and grow and nothing seems to fit for very long.

Kali’s Song by Jeanette Winter

Like I Had a Favorite Dress, this book is more appropriate for a 3 or 4-year old, but I included it because I think it’s such a good book. Even if a book is on the longer side, L and I find it enjoyable to look through the pictures if she gets squirmy while reading. Kali’s Song is about a young boy who was supposed to practice hunting with his bow, but instead turned his weapon into a musical instrument.

***’Reading Together is a sampling of picture books I’m currently reading aloud to LBD (also known as L or Little L), my toddler daughter. As a children’s librarian, I’m always bringing home stacks and stacks of books to share together. Old and new. These are our favorites. Some of which have been read over and over and over again…. Times thirty. To the tenth power.***

image source: winnie the pooh’s 1 2 3 toot toot beep beep, go away big green monsterold hat new hat, i am a bunny, lots of dots, baby bear sees blue, marshmallow kissesearnest the moose who doesn’t fit, wow ocean, five little ducks, hugs from pearl, i had a favorite dress, kali’s song


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