Reading Together

Reading Together

***Reading Together is a sampling of books I’m currently reading aloud to my 3-year-old toddler, Lorelei, and newborn baby, Mira. I work in the children’s room of a public library and am always bringing home stacks and stacks of books to share together. Old and new. These are our current favorites. Some of which have been read over and over and over again…. Times thirty. To the tenth power.***

This the first “Reading Together” post that highlights what I’ve been reading lately with not one kiddo, but two!

My two girls.

The picture above was taken shortly after we brought Mira home from the hospital. Lorelei adores her sister, and since sharing books is one of our favorite things to do in our house, she didn’t waste anytime introducing her sister to a few.

Naturally, there is a bit of crossover when reading aloud to these two, so these lists aren’t entirely separate. Lorelei listens to me read to Mira and sometimes joins us. Mira is occasionally in arm while reading to L before bed. Nonetheless, here is a selection of a few mighty fine books we’ve enjoyed reading together:

Reading with Lorelei:


Journey by Aaron Becker

I did not wait to check this book out from the library. I did not ask for a review copy from the publisher. I went straight to my favorite local bookstore, The Raven, and purchased this book. It is unique, imaginative, brilliant, and beautiful. All bets on that it gets recognition as a Caldecott winner or honor in 2014.

Xander's Panda Party

Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Matt Phelan

A darling book about a panda bear who wants to throw a panda party, but he is the only panda at the zoo. What is a panda to do? A children’s book rockstar author/illustrator duo teamed up to create one of the sweetest books we’ve read all year.


Moonday by Adam Rex

Now this book is pure awesome. Totally original. The moon comes down out of the sky for a visit and puts the whole town in a dreamy state.

Pout Pout Fish

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna

Lorelei read this book at school and fell in love with it. She would cheerfully recite “I’m a pout-pout Fish with a pout-pout face, so I spread my dreary wearies all over the place! Blub, Bluub, Bluuuuuuuuuuub!” all around the house. A classic preschool favorite of both kids and adults.

I Am Blop!

I Am Blop! by Herve Tullet

I have to admit, when I first paged through this book I thought it was a bit ‘meh’. But then I saw how much Lorelei would read it over and over again, making up her own stories, and I got it. I suppose that is why Herve Tullet is so good at what he does. He engages children in a way that no one else can. He is the master of the interactive book.

What Do You Do With a Kangaroo?

What Do You Do With a Kangaroo? by Mercer Meyer

From the mind who created Little Critter, a book about a girl who is faced with a bunch of animals that give her a difficult time.

Mr. Wuffles!

Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

Mr. Schu was kind enough to send Lorelei an autographed copy of Mr. Wuffles! after David Wiesner visited his school. It seems to me that those who enjoy Mr. Wuffles the most have a strong history of cat fandom. Lorelei and I fall under this category.

I'm a Big Sister

I’m a Big Sister by Joanna Cole

Other than the book One Special Day, this was a favorite book to read before the baby arrived. Highly recommend for new soon-t0-be-siblings.

I'm a Frog!

I’m a Frog! by Mo Willems

Oh, Elephant and Piggie… How we love to read your books. After a few reads, L ends up memorizing the stories and has been seen on multiple occasions acting them out. (See Vine above.)

Cold Snap

Cold Snap by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated b Marjorie Priceman

When the weather turned frigid in December, we took this favorite wintery book off the shelf for a few reads.

Baby Bear Counts One

Baby Bear Counts One by Ashley Wolff

We loved reading Baby Bear Sees Blue together and I’ve also used it in stortime, so I was delighted to see baby bear again in a new book by Ashley Wolf that introduces numbers 1-10, counting down the days until baby bear’s winter hibernation. Like Baby Bear Sees Blue, Baby Bear Counts One has gorgeous colorful illustrations. While reading this book to Lorelei, Mira would perk up and hone in on the illustrations. I’m not sure if it was the contrast of the black bear or what… She would stare and stare at the pages.

over the river and through the wood

Over the River and Through the Wood: A Thanksgiving Poem by Lydia Maria Child, illustrated by Christopher Manson

We sang this book to sleep the weeks before and the weeks after Thanksgiving.

Frozen A Sister More Like Me

A Sister More Like Me by Barbara Jean Hicks, illustrated by Brittney Lee

A few weeks after I had the baby, I took Lorelei for some one-on-one mommy time to see the new Disney movie “Frozen”. She is now obsessed and spends her days pretending to make it snow like  main character Elsa. We placed holds on every “Frozen” book the library owns and have been checking them out as they become available. This one is my favorite, because the illustrations faintly resemble the old school Disney illustrations of artist Mary Blair.

Warning Do Not Open This Book

Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt, illustrated b Matthew Forsythe

A recent read 0ver and over and over and over and over again book. Super illustrations and fun story. Two thumbs up.

Dinosaurs Before Dark

Magic Tree House Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pop Osborne

A couple days ago, L and I wandered over into the young reader chapter book section in the library. She started selecting a few books off the shelf. Anything pink or sparkly. So, I thought if we are over here we might as well try giving Magic Tree House a go. Couldn’t hurt. Sure enough, we read through the first one in a day. She wanted to read more, so we went back to the library the next day to check out the next #2-8. The addiction has started.

Reading with Baby Mira:


Peek-a-boo! by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

Cute poem with cute illustrations. Lorelei picked this board book out for Mira at the library and we’ve been having a good time reading it since.


Peek-a-who? by Nina Laden

A former co-worker (a.k.a. retired wizard of children’s librarianship) gave this book as a gift to Mira. It’s her favorite book for wee ones.

Look Look!

Look Look! by Peter Linenthal

Early on, little baby eyes prefer high contrast black and white, as well as warm red or orange tones as their eyes start to develop. (You can read more about their eye sight development here.) These books by Peter Linenthal are perfect for the beginning months of a baby’s life.

The House in the Night

The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson, illustrated by Beth Krommes

Because. It’s the best.

What are you reading together? Please share in the comments below!!


2 Responses to “Reading Together”

  1. Belinda says:

    In November my eleven-year-old son and I got to hear David Wiesner speak. First he talked about how he created his book Tuesday (he projected images from his iPad onto a big screen) and then he walked us through Mr. Wuffles. My son loved it! (me too)

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