What the Kids are Reading vol. 2

We’ve branched out a bit since last month, and aren’t reading alphabet books almost exclusively.

B is for BulldozerB Is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABCB is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC written by June Sobel and illustrated by Melissa Iwai
Our one new alphabet book for the month. Both kids really like it – all the fun illustrations, and how there is an overall story behind the individual letters. The rhymes themselves are so-so, and I doubt that I’ll ever get this one out from the library again.

And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry StreetAnd to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss
I’m assuming I read this classic Dr. Seuss title when I was a child, because some of the illustrations were vaguely familiar, and the title/refrain was extremely familiar. But beyond those hints of “I’m sure I’ve read this way back when,” it was almost a new book. And it was definitely new to the kids. They like it, but don’t love it.

Goodnight MoonGoodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
An old favorite, but my daughter has recently become obsessed with it. She demands that I read it to her before her nap and before bedtime. She has to point out the mouse on every page (I’m not going to confess precisely how long it took me to notice that he moves around the room). She also has to take it into her crib with her. And she calls it “night moon?” So cute.

The Tall Book of Nursery TalesThe Tall Book of Nursery Tales
Specifically, the Gingerbread Boy tale (read by momma), and the Three Little Pigs tale (read by daddy). The rest of the book? Who cares – Gingerbread Boy and the Big Bad Wolf are where the action is.

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Favorite Board Books

While there are some obvious classic board books that seem to always be on the list of suggestions, there is a whole world of board books beyond Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. As much as my kids love those books, I appreciate some variety in our reading rotation, and these are some of our (yes, our) favorite board books:

Favorite Board Books - Barnyard DanceBarnyard Dance!Favorite Board Books - Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton.

We are huge Sandra Boynton fans in our family. Almost all of her books have catapulted themselves into our “favorite books” bin and they get read over and over and over. Barnyard Dance! is probably my very favorite. The pictures are fun (as her illustrations always are), and the rhymes are gloriously fun. With both of my children, this was one of their early early favorites; they loved the rhythm, they loved clapping their hands to the story (and stomping their feet), and they loved me helping them to “leap like a frog!” There was much sadness from my son when he got to be too big for me to bounce him up into the air on that line.

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