Reading Together

***Reading Together is a sampling of books I’m currently reading aloud to L, my toddler daughter. Since I work in the children’s room of a public library, 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.***

Have quite a few new books in the latest round-up of what we’re reading together. L and I have been on the mend from an awful cold, and between sleeping and watching the same Tinker Bell movie that’s been looping for days, the remaining time was mostly devoted to reading. Below is an abbreviated list of our choice picks for the month.

As always, I’d love to hear what books you’re reading together at home with your family!

Now for the February list:

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

A wordless, lift-the-flap picture book that first reminded me of the beloved Fantasia short when the crocodile and the hippo dance together. Except, this is far sweeter as a little girl tries to mimic a flamingo’s finesse.

Up, Tall and High by Ethan Long

L loves this book! A simple lift-the-flap with screwball humor that also was the prized winner of the Giesel Award this year.

How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure

How do we love Nikki McClure? Let me count the ways (here and here). Nikki McClure was at ALA Midwinter signing books in the Abrams booth, so I couldn’t not grab her latest about a little kitten learning how to be a cat. This delightful book will be available to purchase March 12, 2013.

Mama, Is It Summer Yet? by Nikki McClure

I also bought an old favorite by Nikki McClure while in Seattle. This one has us daydreaming of strawberries and sunshine.

The Swing poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Julie Morstad

My new favorite illustrator. Retro-like illustrations a la (or à la) Mary Blair (my all-time favorite illustrator) with a modern twist. Her books are charming and beautiful. I’m going to do a full review of her latest, How To, (which we also love, love, love) in the very near future.

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

One of my husband’s most loved picture books from childhood, we’ve been reading this one quite a bit and also enjoying this short animated movie.

Amelia Bedelia Fiftieth Anniversary Edition by Peggy Parish, illustrated by Fritz Siebel

Did you read Amelia Bedelia growing up? I certainly did. HarperCollins has created this beautiful 50th anniversary edition that I’ve been reading with L since returning home from ALA Midwinter.

Inch and Rolly Make a Wish by Melissa Wiley, illustrated by Ag Jatkowska

A new friends duo for the beginning reader, we can’t get enough of Inch and Roly and their buggy friends! In Inch and Roly Make a Wish, Inch and Roly, along with their friends Beetle and Dragonfly, are very bored one day, so they decide to go to the wishing well and wish something to do. A darling book for the beginner reader and/or read aloud bedtime story.

Penny and Her Doll by Kevin Henkes

We got into the Penny books a little late in the game. This is L’s favorite of the two currently in rotation. Penny received a new doll from Gram in the mail, but she just doesn’t know what to name her. Looking forward Penny and Her Marble out this month!

Wemberly’s Ice-Cream Star by Kevin Henkes

Another Kevin Henkes book! This one is a darling board book format based off of his popular book, Wemberly Worried.

Goosey Goose by Chris Raschka

Another blog post book review sneak peak! L is head-over-heels for Chris Raschka’s bizarre easy readers series Thingy Things. I stumbled upon them the other night at the library and ever since I’ve been on the lookout for a used box set of Thingy Things books (now out of print).

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko

A classic! I checked this book out last year for L, but she was disinterested in it at the time. Now, she’s all about the paper bag princess. A Not-your-average-princess-story where the princess ends up saving herself from a terrifying dragon.

Best Friends in Fairyland by Daisy Meadows

L was always picking up the Rainbow Fairies books at the library, but when we checked them out had a hard time sitting and listening to them. But she’s a big fan of the new easy readers books which are just the right length for her.

Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook, illustrated by Andy Robert Davies

A picture book guessing game perfect for preschool-age children. Articles of clothing or a uniform hang on the line, and the reader is asked who might wear those clothes in a sing-song fashion, turn the page and the person is revealed! A mail carrier, carpenter, cook, and even an astronaut are among the many occupations depicted.

Red Cat, Blue Cat by Jenni Desmond

An endearing story of two kitty rivals who secretly admire one another. On the down-low, they try their hardest to make themselves into the color of their foe. Jenni Desmond’s illustrations are irresistible.

Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex

When I first read Chu’s Day my reaction was, “Well… Okay?” I didn’t quite get it. The first time I read it to L, her she reacted by laughing. Neil Gaiman, in all his genius,  gets it. He gets his readers. And me with my adult brain, just didn’t get it the first time around. I now share the laughs with L when we read this short, richly colored book, with a strong gust of hilarity.

What are you reading together? Please share!


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