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.***

This most recent list of favorite books we’re reading together is a doozy! And it doesn’t even include L’s recent fascination with ballet (which I’ve decided to clump together in a separate post). Themes this go around include, but are not limited to; whales, dinosaurs, primates, the night sky, and the act of being and the act of becoming friends. Don’t forget to share what you’ve been reading together in the comments below!

Here we go!!

If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Hands down my favorite picture book of the year so far. This duo always seems to make the most lovely books when paired together. Absolutely gorgeous prose and stunning illustrations! It’s been a regular in our reading rotation and will continue to be until we absolutely must return it back to the library for other children to enjoy.

Tea Rex by Molly Idle

We’re big fans of Molly Idle in our house! Flora and the Flamingo was so much fun, so I made sure our library ordered her newest book, Tea Rex, a book about sister and a brother and their especially extraordinary tea party guest. We’ve had it checked out ever since it came in. It also opened the door to L’s new “dinosaur phase”.

Dinosaur Countdown by Nicholas Oldland

As noted above, we’ve been checking out a few dinosaur books recently and came across this newbie. It’s a fun and simple countdown from 10-to-0, dinosaur style.

One Gorilla: A Counting Book by Anthony Brown

One Gorilla opened a huge can of worms. Or, well, primates. L is infatuated with monkeys after reading this book. Even more so than dinosaurs. After reading it a few times she was able to name the different types of primates depicted and can point them out outside of reading the book. The illustrations are stunning and I’m so happy it has come into our lives.

Monkeys, a Dorling Kindersley Reader

DK Readers are great! Since L is interested in monkeys, I purchased this book for a recent trip we went on. Great photographs and fun facts young readers will enjoy.

Monkey Colors by Darrin Lunde, illustrated by Particia J. Wynne

A simple book exploring the many different colors of monkeys.

Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

Emily Gravett does wonderful job making books for preschool age children. This sing-song book about a little girl and her stuffed animal monkey has been read so often that L has committed it entirely to memory. Also makes an excellent storytime book!

Red Hat by Lita Judge

Red Sled was such a hit in our house ever since it’s release. I also shared it with my storytimers and it was excellent as a read aloud. When I heard of Lita Judge’s new book with the same cast of characters, I put an book request order in that day. Red Hat is set up in the same story style of Red Sled consisting entirely of onomatopoeia, and is about few curious forest creatures and their tussle over a red hat left out on the wash line. L prefers Red Sled to Red Hat, but I think they are both clever and fun.

The Gentleman Bug by Julian Hector

A darling story about a bug and his quest for true love which inevitable is found in a library. I personally adore this book.

Bunny Days by Tao Nyeu

 A daydream-like book with a bunch of mischievous bunnies, a couple goats, and a bear brought to you by the author/illustrator of Squid and Octopus and Wonder Bear.

Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack

A darling story about a boy who wants to give his mother a birthday present, but everything he finds she already has. So, the farm animals convince him to go, “Ask Mr. Bear”.

Mary Blair Treasury of Golden Books by Mary Blair

We’re HUGE fans of Mary Blair’s work, especially her concept artwork for Disney. I’m debating whether or not to purchase this book it’s so well put together. Highlights include her famous I Can Fly, Baby’s House, and illustrated depictions of timeless young people’s songs would compliment any child’s library.

Dream Friends by You Byun

Just by looking at the cover of this books, you can expect an exploration of fantastical color schemes and lots of them! A young girl has no friends, except for in her dreams. Can she open up and allow others to also be entertained by what she sees only in her dreams?

The Big Dipper by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrated by Molly Coxe

A very basic introduction to the stars above for preschool children and beginning readers.

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

A childhood favorite of mine. Hermit Crab searches and searches to make his shell home to his liking throughout the year until one day and many additions later he has grown and it’s time to move on. A fantastic story about working hard to get what you want and being able to give it all up when it’s time.

Play With Me by Marie Hall Ets

L loves this story and it’s also a storytime favorite of my fellow children’s librarians. One girl wants to play, but none of the animals she comes across seem to want to play in return. With a bit of patience and by sitting very still, the animal kingdom decides to open up to her before her eyes.

Trixie Ten by Sarah Massini

Another favorite of L’s, Trixie Ten is an wonderful way to get kids counting.

Moongame and Mooncake  by Frank Asch

Also an old childhood favorites of mine, these two Frank Asch classics have been read a lot in the recent months. This is especially so for Moongame (which L prefers), although Mooncake is my reading preference. In Moongame, bear plays hide and seek with the moon. In Mookcake, he is curious what the moon tastes like, so he decides to build a rocket ship to see for himself.

The Little Rabbit by Pheobe Dunn

For some reason we are hitting a bunch of books I used to read as a girl. Like mother, like daughter? The Phoebe Dunn books feature photographs of the birth and life as a baby animal. This one is about about… well… a little rabbit.

Millie’s Marvellous Hat by Satoshi Kitamura

I brought this home with the intention of using it for library storytime during the spring, but ran out of time. Instead we’ve been having fun with this imaginative story at home! Millie walks into a hat shop and wants to purchase a hat she’s been admiring in the window. But there is one problem… She doesn’t have any money. So, the hat shop keeper comes up with a way Millie can wear the most marvelous hat of all.

Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni

A smart inchworm tricks a robin into not eating him by proving how useful he is for measuring things in one of Leo Lionni’s most popular picture books.

Hello Kitty What Will You Be A to Z?  by Higashi Glaser

I have to admit… I’m not the biggest Hello Kitty fan. But L is, so we end up checking out quite a lot of Hello Kitty books from the library. This is the first one I’ve actually enjoyed reading with her. Hello Kitty explores different occupations by choosing one per letter in the alphabet. From artist to doctor to librarian to queen!

The Duchess Bakes a Cake by Virginia Kahl

Full of rhyme and silliness! We love the story of how one day a duchess decides to bake a cake.

If Anything Ever Goes Wrong at the Zoo by Mary Jean Hendrick, illustrated by Jane Dyer

A great read for a rainy day! A young girl tells the zoo keepers at the zoo that if anything ever goes wrong that the animals can stay with her. Well, when the zoo is flooded some familiar animals appear at her home.

Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek

The illustrations in this book are lovely and it’s a sweet story for preschool age children. Puffin Peter gets lost in a storm and a friendly whale helps him find his way back.

A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Williems

A new Elephant & Piggie book! Need I say more? A big guy takes a ball that Piggie found, and Gerald seeks retribution.

Ribbit! By Rodrigo Folgueira, illustrated by Poly Bernatene

A group of frogs are baffled to find a pig in their pond that acts like a frog. What could it mean? The frogs and other forest animals soon find out it is all an act of friendship.

The Great Lollipop Caper by Dan Krall

I was worried that this book would be a little over L’s head, but she loves it! Caper is loved by adults, but he wants children to like him just as much as lollipop. So, caper devises a plan to woo kids to his sour ways.


And that’s our abbreviated list! Don’t forget to leave in the comments what you’ve been reading together!!


2 Responses to “Reading Together”

  1. Brandy says:

    My son is currently obsessed with A Big Guy Took My Ball. We read it many times a day and he sleeps with it. Other than that and his old favorites he is really liking The Dark right now.

    My daughter and I just finished up Harry Potter and now we are reading the Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman.

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