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.***

Kansas has seen lots of snow which had left us stuck inside over the past month, but we were quite content with piles of books decorating the couch and most corners of the house. The largest piles were always found close to hot air vents (L is sitting on one in this picture). L’s latest obsession is ballet (thanks to Flora and the Flamingo), and half of the books were about tutus and prima ballerinas. So, I took them off this list and decided to devote an entirely separate post to it in the near future. Stay tuned.

Here’s what we’ve been reading together.

Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore, illustrations by Nancy Carpenter

A true rescue story about five little ducklings who get stuck in a storm drain, and a town that comes to their rescue. Sweet story with incredible illustrations. Full review later this week!

Inside Outside by Lizi Boyd

We’ve been having so much fun going back and forth between inside and outside, season to season in this lovely die-cut picture book. (Full review here)

Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

L loves books about monsters and this one specifically has caught her fancy. Think Mouse Paint but with monsters, Monsters Love Colors is a wonderful preschool book that teachers color recognition and color mixing.

Maisy Learns to Swim by Lucy Cousins

A new Maisy book! We love reading Maisy books, and this latest title about swimming lessons has us wishing for warmer weather when we can hop into the pool again.

My Friends by Taro Gomi

Taro Gomi kind of reminds me of Leo Lioni. This is such a simple story about the type of friends in a little girl’s life. Bonus: there is a ninja gorilla.

Pomelo Explores Color by Ramona Badescu and Benjamin Chaud

L didn’t show much interest in the first Pomelo the Garden Elephant book, Pomelo Begins to Grow, but she loves flipping through this one about how the curious garden elephant sees all the different colors.

Albert the Fix-it Man by Janet Lord, illustrations by Julie Paschkis

This was a find by one of my co-workers. When anyone has something that needs to be repaired, Albert is there to help fix it. But what happens when the fix-it man falls ill? I thoroughly enjoy the message this book shares with its readers.

ABC by Sarah Horne

L has been working on learning her letters and this is the first ABC book I’ve brought home that she has shown interest in. Simple illustrations with large, easy to read letters. It’s also a small book, which makes it easy for her to maneuver- One of the reasons I feel she enjoys the beginning reader books so much.

Clouds by Marion Dan Bauer, illustrated by John Wallace

If you’re looking for books that explain the weather to a young audience, these Ready-To-Read books by Marion Dane Bauer are fantastic. We also have been reading her books about rain wind, and snow.

The Blue Wish by Mary Tillworth, illustrated by Jeffery Conrad

I’m not familiar with the Maryoku Yummy show. We don’t have TV, so I’m a little out of the loop that way. But L found this book at the library a month ago and has really enjoyed it. It’s about a pink blob character named Maryoku (seen above) who wants to help a blue wish come true. Kinda psychedelic for my tastes, but L likes it.

Mouse Around by Pat Schories

Sorry abut the image being so small. I couldn’t find a decent sized one. This was another book L was introduced to by one of my all-knowing children’s literature co-workers.  A wordless picture book about a mouse who falls from it’s nest and has quite the adventure throughout the course of the day getting back home.

The Little School Bus by Carol Roth, illustrated by Pamela Paparone

This is such a great book about a school bus that is not Wheels on the Bus! With rhythm and rhyme, one school bus picks up it’s animal passengers one by one on the way to school.

Love is in the Air by Jonathan Fenske

A original story about the lengths, or I should say heights, one will go to for love. A forgotten party balloon meets a kite and together they are the perfect match.

A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman

A little boy runs to catch a rainbow, but when he gets there it’s gone away. So, he imagines a play date with a rainbow instead.

Jennie’s Hat by Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats’ story about Jennie and her disappointing spring hat. After we read it, L and I play a little game where we pretend to put different hat-like objects on our heads.

The Berenstien Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The Berenstien Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone was one of my brother’s and mine favorite childhood books. My mom probably read it a bazillion times to us before bed. Now I’ve been reading it to L who is enjoying it. Today we looked at dinosaur bone pictures after reading.

Peter Pan (A Stepping Stone Book) adapted by Cathy East Dubowski from the novel by J.M Barrie

L is still extremely interested in Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, so I decided to check out this abridged version and we’ve been reading a chapter a day ever since. If you know a child interested in a classic work of children’s literature, but might not be ready to take it on yet, these Stepping Stones Book Classics are a great substitute read until they are ready. This edition of Peter Pan has worked like a charm for us.

Abel’s Island by William Steig

Abel’s Island is up there on the list of beloved books I read in elementary school. I brought it home the other day to re-read, but L found it first and pleaded that I read it to her. “Are you sure?” I asked, and  her little two-year-old self gave me an adamant, “Yes!”. So, both Will and I have been reading it to her. She does get distracted if there is a page with no pictures, as it’s a lengthy book for a toddler.  Not sure if we will ever finish it, but she does frequently ask for us to read it to her and seems to take pleasure in listening when we do.


So, that’s what we’ve got going on. What books are you reading?


6 Responses to “Reading Together”

  1. Belinda says:

    I read with my daughter every night–she just turned eight. Right now she likes Shark Vs. Train by Chris Barton, The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle, Traction Man Meets Turbodog by Mini Grey, Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller, and Lilly and Her Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes. (And some early chapter books too–I just decided to mention the picture books.)

    I just finished Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin and loved loved loved it.

    • Rebecca says:

      I’m so glad you brought up Lilly and Her Purple Plastic Purse, because I don’t believe we’ve read that one yet! I’m really looking forward to reading Arnie the Doughnut– Let me know what you think when you two are finished reading it. Also, I still haven’t gotten around to reading Starry River of the Sky, but I think I might have to change pronto. What a great list– Thank you for sharing! Love hearing what other folks are reading together!

      • Belinda says:

        Arnie the Doughnut is funny and weird. My daughter loves it, especially the “grump on a stump” picture spread–you’ll see what I mean when you read the book.

        If you read Starry River of the Sky, you should definitely read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon as well. Starry River is sort of a prequel to it.

        Now I’m reading the Betsy-Tacy series for the first time. I just finished the second book. Have you read them?

  2. Brandy says:

    My 4yo son is currently on a Little Quack kick so we’ve been reading all of those. He has also been enjoying When a Dragon Moves In, The Snowy Day, One Cool Friend, and The Three Ninja Pigs. And then lots of Mo Willems as always.

    I’m currently reading Anne of Green Gables to my 8yo daughter. She has found a kindred spirit in Anne and I am suddenly far more sympathetic for the adults in the book than I was as a youngster. :)

    • Rebecca says:

      Ooh… I’ve never read When a Dragon Moves In and I thought we had read almost every dragon book in the library! L loves dragon books, so I’ll have to check that one out. What a great selection of picture books! I can’t wait for the day when I can read L.M. Montgomery aloud. I enjoyed Anne tremendously, but (I’m going to use your wording here) Emily of New Moon was my kindred spirit. Thank you for sharing!

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