Reading Together

Been very, very busy reading a lot of great new, and a few not so new, books over the summer.

This one’s a long one!

Here’s what we’ve been reading together

Where’s Walrus by Stephen Savage

This wordless book is such a treat. Walrus escapes from the city zoo and goes off on an adventure dodging the zookeeper. L reads this book to herself daily. We read it together regularly before bedtime.

Backseat A-B-See by Maria van Lieshout

On the go with kids this summer? This alphabet book takes you on a ride in reading the street signs from A to Z.

One Two, That’s My Shoe! by Alison Murray

We own Alison Murray’s Apple Pie ABC. In fact, I read it for my 2nd storytime at the Lawrence Public Library. So, both being fans of her work, we had to snag her latest picture book.

Night Knight by Owen Davey

Going to bed is quite the adventure. This little knight tells the tale of his nightly, or should I say knightly, ritual.

The Monster Returns by Peter McCarty

The sequel to Peter McCarty’s Jeremy Draws a Monster (read at Art Storyime). We enjoy this one more than we already enjoyed reading the first!

Maisy’s Sleepover by Lucy Cousins

Perhaps you’re already familiar with L’s Maisy Mouse obsession. This is Lucy Cousin’s latest Maisy book. If I kept track of how many times we’ve read this book, it’s probably pushing 70 times.

Anton Can Do Magic by Ole Konnecke

A brand new book by an author/illustrator I’m not very familiar with. It’s a darling book and has a Charlie Brown-esqe appeal to it.

A Leaf Can Be.. by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violeta Dabija

Gorgeous illustrations. A very sweet and poetic story about the cycle and importance of trees and leaves.

Batty by Sarah Dyer

It’s always better to just be yourself. Batty has to learn that the hard way in this fun story about a bat who lives in a zoo.

Eggs 1, 2, 3 by Janet Halfmann, illustrated by Betsy Thompson

A clever fold-out about eggs and the animals they become intertwined with a lesson on counting.

A Bear and His Boy by Sean Bryan, illustrated by Tom Murphy

I fell in love with A Girl and Her Gator when I worked in a bookstore, but this is L’s preference from the same author/illustrator duo.

Sweet Dreams by Rose A. Lewis, illustrated by Jen Corace

Love, love, love everything Jen Corace illustrates. This is no exception.

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom, illustrations by Bruce Degen

This is one read to me as a wee one. It’s a classic kids read over and over again today.

Larf by Ashley Spires

Big fans of Larf the sasquatch and his bunny rabbit, Eric. I see Larf in a future storytime appearance for sure.

Dog and Bear by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Two best friends, a dog and a stuffed animal bear, and their tales of friendship. Bright, simple colors and easy to follow story lines.

Who Took the Farmer’s Hat? by Joan L. Nodset, illustrated by Fritz Siebel

This book was introduced to me awhile back by another children’s librarian. Has been a staple bedtime story for quite some time now.

I Want to be Much More Bigger Like You by Lauren Child

Starting to get into a new obsession: Charlie and Lola. This is only one of the many Charlie and Lola books occupying our reading time of late.

Watch Your Step, Mr. Rabbit! by Richard Scarry

This is such a silly book, but L loves it and could read it to herself all the live long day. Kinda reminds me of what happens to people walking while texting on their cell phones (because I would never do such a thing..)

Hide and Seek by Il Sung Na

Another goodie. Hint: Be sure to keep an eye out for the chameleon when reading…

Night’s Nice by Barbara and Ed Emberley

The retro illustrations and the calming text is very nice; very nice indeed.

Bunnies on the Go: Getting from Place to Place by Rick Walton, illustrated by Paige Miglio

Another referral from a fellow co-worker, this is a great book for summer vacationers and those fascinated with things that go.

Augustus and His Smile by Catherine Rayner

Really enjoy Augustus’ story and all character creations of Catherine Rayner including The Bear Who Shared and Ernest, the Moose Who Didn’t Fit.

The Pirate-Cruncher by Jonny Duddle

Or what L refers to as PIRATE CRUNCHERS!!! This book is a really long book to read to a 2-year-old. Like most kids, she has a fascination with pirates.


***’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.***



6 Responses to “Reading Together”

  1. So happy my book, Eggs 1, 2, 3: Who Will the Babies Be?, is in your reading pile!

  2. Barbara says:

    I need books that have only 1-2 short sentences on each page for my language impaired patients of all ages, especially those that have a story line or teach a concept.

    • Rebecca says:

      Hi Barbara,
      Have you tried the CAT THE CAT books by Mo Willems? or FLIP-A-WORD Books by Harriet Zeifert? Those are very simple 1 sentence early reader books that kids have success with. If you need more suggestions, please let me know!


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