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.***

It’s hard to believe that this series is going to expand beyond the books L and I are reading together to include books that I’ll be reading with her baby sister as well. Until that time comes, here is what we’ve been reading together in no particular order.

What are you reading together with your children/patrons/students? Please share!

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

I remember purchasing Chowder when it first came out and thinking… This illustrator has something. Something special. Years later and a Caldecott Honor under his belt, Peter Brown is turning out terrific picture books.

Night Light by Nicholas Blechman

A counting book about transportation vehicles and how many lights they have when it’s night. Pages flip from night to day. Can you guess which vehicle has 8 lights in the dark?

The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman

Deborah Freedman’s latest picture book! A story about friendship and books in the library. There is a lot to love in this sweet and beautifully illustrated book.

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywelt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Duncan’s box of crayons have a bone to pick! He arrives at school to find a stack of letters from each crayon color upset by the way it’s being used. This is a book both kids and adults will find themselves chuckling at.

It’s a Firefly Night by Dianne Ochitree, illustrated by Betsy Snyder

This was a fast favorite of ours over the summer months, especially when the fireflies started to come out at night in mid-June. A sweet, short story about a little girl and her dad who catch fireflies one night.

The Happy Owls by Celestino Piatti

If you aren’t familiar with Celestino Piatti, please check him out. His illustrations are gorgeous. This is one of two children’s books he authored and illustrated. A group of birds cannot seem to understand why the owls are so happy. The key is to revel in the simple things in life.

A Funny Little Bird by Jennifer Yerkes

A little bird that is only visible  because of it’s eye and beak tries to decorate itself with various items in failed attempts to attract friends. But when a hungry fox comes along, this funny little bird learns to embrace it’s unusual characteristic and makes new found friends in the process.

Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

A book about the size difference between various animals. Each illustration is the actual size of the animal or animal part.

Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley

A whimsical, wordless picture book. I wrote a full review of this gem here.

Nugget & Fang by Tammi Sauer and Michael Slack

Nugget and Fang are best of friends until Nugget goes to school and learns about a shark’s diet. Fang tries to convince his friend that he isn’t out to eat him in this story of an unlikely friendship.

Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

The best counting book that has come out all year in my opinion. It’s funny and interactive too!

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

L is just starting to get into Dr. Seuss books, and this was her gateway read.

What Happens When… Delphine Chedru

The French are so cool; especially French illustrators like Herve Tullet and Delphine Chedru. What happens when a balloon floats up into the sky? Or a sock gets stuck behind the radiator? This book explains it all.

The Moon Jumpers by Janice May Udry, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Nighttime play before bedtime. This book reminds me of childhood summers. An oldie, but goodie.

Penny and her Marble by Kevin Henkes

L is a fan of Kevin Henkes’ Penny books. This is his latest and by far his best in our opinion.

Monkey Ono by J.C. Phillipps

This story is a whole lot of silly fun! We were sorry to have to return Monkey Ono back to the library. Poor little guy always has ideas that turn into “oh-no’s”!

Jamberry by Bruce Degen

A rhyming good time book with colorful illustrations about a bear, a boy, and lots of berries.

Hello in There by Jo Witek, illustrated by Christine Roussey

A good chunk of new sibling books focus on negative feelings associated with a new baby entering the family. This books talks about a little girl’s excitement towards her new sibling and all the things she is going to teach and show him/her as her mother’s belly grows. It’s a lift-the-flap, too! Within each page the mother’s belly grows, and you can peek inside at quirky illustrations of baby.

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea

First of all, we really enjoy reading Bob Shea’s books. And this one is pretty much all the awesome and a great way to teach kids about jealousy. The grass always seems greener on the other side, but if you take a look inside you’ll find you don’t have it so bad afterall.

Crictor by Tomi Ungerer

Everyone’s favorite pet snake! A classic about a teacher and her pet boa constrictor.

Silence by Lemniscates

Beautiful Book Alert! The illustrations in this book are lovely and so is the message it carries about listening to the world around you.

Girl with a Gator by Sean Bryan, illustrations by Tom Murphy

L has started telling jokes lately. One of the jokes is: “What’s on your head? A (fill-in-the-blank with something weird, like “Pickle Car”)! Hahahahah!!!” It was time to check out this book anyway, and we have also been reading the companion books: A Boy and His Bunny and a Bear and His Boy.

Murrilla Gorrilla by Jennifer Lloyd, illustrated by Jaqui Lee

A new easy reader series about a silly gorilla detective that isn’t the most observant of detectives. I believe the second book in the series has been published, and another on is on the way.

The Big Balloon Race by Eleanor Coerr, illustrated by Carolyn Croll

Ariel wants to be a famous aeronaut like her mother, and is waiting for her chance to one day travel in a hot air balloon. She finds she gets the opportunity to soon enough when she falls asleep in her mother’s hot air balloon basket the day of a race.

The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers

We read a lot of The Black Rabbit over the summer months. A little rabbit wakes up, wanders outside, only to find a big, black rabbit is right behind him. He spends the day trying to escape this monster rabbit.

Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol, illustrations by Isabelle Arenault

Beautiful Book Alert, Round 2! The illustrations and prose in this book are stunning. While a child sleeps, a parent paints a picture of the winter’s night. I sobbed when I read the dedication.

When Mermaids Sleep by Ann Bonwill, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

This was another one of those books we read night after night after night over the summer months. A goodnight lullaby to various mythological creatures. Mermaids, fairies, dragons, oh my!

Little Bear series by Elise Holmelund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

I know I’ve talked about reading a few of the books above over and over again, but I think the Little Bear books win the prize for the most read. I haven’t read them for quite some time and am always amazed by how wonderful they are. True treasures of children’s literature. We likey.

What books are you reading together?


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