“Up! Up!” I look down, and there is my smiley-faced almost two-year-old reaching up to me with a book in her hand – a frequent scene at our home. Faith loves to have books read to her. She will pick books off the shelf and bring them to me throughout the day, or to anyone, to read. I am amazed that this bundle of energy, who will not sit still for much these days, will intently sit on a lap if a story is being read. She will participate by pointing at pictures, helping to turn the page, and “telling” the story along with whomever is reading. However, she is not the only one who enjoys being read to on a daily basis. Her big brother likes to have stories read to him just as much.
My kids get it honestly. Some of the best memories I have of childhood revolve around being read stories by the people around me – at home, at Grandma’s, at church, at school, etc. I am grateful that my children are getting to have some of same experience and opportunities that I had growing up. Nothing warms my heart more than to see my children curled up in a lap being read a story.
However, they are both at ages where they enjoy listening to the same stories over and over again. Therefore it’s important for me to find books that I (along with others) enjoy reading as much as the kids enjoy hearing. Following is a list of a dozen of our current favorites that we read again and again.
It is important keep the books interesting, I like to try different voices, ask questions throughout the book, point out something new in the illustrations, etc. Here is a link to an article that gives some great tips for reading with kids: Tips for Sharing Books with Babies and Toddlers
For the moment I can still fit both children on my lap at the same time to read. However, too soon this moment will pass, and then one day they won’t want to have me read to them at all. Until then I am going to cherish every moment and maybe someday they will look back fondly on our time together.
Do you have favorite books that you share with your toddler or preschooler? Please share! I’m always looking for books to add to our ever-growing library.
Have a Great Week!
Faith’s Board Book Picks
- Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin, by Tad Hills – In fact, she likes all of the Duck & Goose books in the series.
- Little Blue Truck, by Alice Schertle
- Barnyard Dance, by Sandra Boynton
- Open the Barn Door, by Christopher Santoro
- I’m Dirty, by Kate and Jim McMullan – He also really likes I Stink and I’m Mighty by the same authors.
- The Three Bears ABC, by Grace Maccarone
- I Love Trains, by Philemon Sturges
- Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice, by Steve Metzger – Yes, I know it is not wintertime, but with books, it can be all seasons any time of the year.
Both Kids Picks
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by Helen Oxenbury
- What Makes a Rainbow, by Betty Ann Schwartz
- Ladybug Colors, by Kidsbooks – This is really Faith’s book, but every time I read it, Hank makes his way onto my lap and reads along as well.