We all know that reading to your child is important. We know that children learn while you are reading to them even if they aren’t paying attention, and I can tell you that my child is rarely paying attention. He is often running around distracting the other children at the library’s story time or playing with his toys as I try to read to him. I can tell you though exactly which books are his favorite. These are the children’s books we have to read over and over again. The books that I can tell light up his little face. He’s even already torn some of them up in his excitement to play with them, but we are constantly learning.
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Little Blue Truck is a board book about a vintage blue truck. The truck lives and works on a farm. He is friends with all the animals. A very unfriendly dump truck comes to the farm and quickly learns that being friendly is important. If you’re nice to people, they will help you when you need it is the moral of the story. Sweet Baby J loves it because the sounds. He learns the sounds the animals make and of course the ever honking, “Beep! Beep! Beep!” of the little blue truck itself. This book lights up our life at least twice a day.
This is the kind of book that could seemingly get old quick, but it doesn’t. Baby Loves to Boogie is the perfect book for those of us who enjoy being punny with lines like, “the toucans can can can”. You are introduced to a variety of animals and how exactly they love to dance, but ultimately it’s baby who really loves to boogie. Sweet Baby J enjoys the animals on the page as they all look a bit funny doing their respective dances. Plus, he loves the way my face lights up as we read it. It’s really just too cute not to get THAT into it.
This one was so loved that he tore the book apart from the spine. It’s a well-known fact that babies love to look at other babies. Sweet Baby J could have been in the worst mood possible and turn it all around looking at this book. He’d be giggling by the time we got to laughing and crying baby. It also helps with learning emotions and facial expressions.
I heard about this book on Mom and Dad are Fighting, and I knew we had to have it. I was so glad when Sweet Baby J got it for Hanukkah. It’s a large lift-the-flap, and he loves it. He gets so excited that the pages get demolished, but it is hard not to love that exuberance. It’s a totally cute book that teaches about saying excuse me, please, and thank you for even the smallest child. We all want well-mannered children, right? So why not make it fun?
We are HUGE fans of Mo Willems here so it should be no surprise that Sweet Baby J loves The Pigeon books. He also loves Piggie and Elephant. It’s a total win to read these books. They’re cute and simple to read. I can already tell these will be enjoyable for him when he is a beginning reader as well. In this book, pigeon gets tricked into being happy, but he’s not happy about it. This book feels to me like a great example of not being able to tell someone how to feel. You have to let someone else be in charge of their own emotions. I love that.
These are the children’s books that we can’t avoid reading over and over again. What are your child’s favorites?