Saturday, June 28, 2014

Book Favorites - 25 Months

I'd like to start posting more about the here-and-now moments of having a toddler and a baby. I love reading back over this blog and getting a glimpse of what life used to look like. So while Will's waking up from his nap, sleepily talking to himself about his tractor (which one? who the heck knows), I'd like to throw a list of his current book favorites up here. Hopefully this will be the first of a series.

Grover's Book of Cute Little Baby Animals (B.G. Ford/Tom Leigh)
-Educational, cute - one of the first books for which he's allowed me to read the entire text. Now he "reads" it to himself and I'm very impressed with how much he remembers.

One Pup's Up (Marsha Wilson Chall/Henry Cole)
-I've memorized this book and Will has put much of it to memory too. It's perfect just as written, but can be improved by adding puppy sounds!

Big Rig (Jamie A. Swenson/Ned Young)
-A little boy's dream book. We've both memorized it. I predict it will be renewed at least two more times.

Baa Baa Black Sheep (Melissa Everett/Imodraj)
-This book doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. It has a vague moral and a rather confusing premise. You can't make pretty much any of the listed items with wool. Still, Will LOVES this book.

Otis (Loren Long)
-I'm actually not crazy about the text so I paraphrase. That is probably just me. His favorite pages are The New Yellow Tractor, the People Clapping, and the Parade (I made up a cheer for it and he'll ask me to repeat it for several minutes at a time.)

A Pig is Moving In (Claudia Fries)
-Again, I make the text a bit more concise by only reading the quoted text and pointing to the animals. I also ad lib conversation between the animals throughout the book. He LOVES this book, over and over and over.

Wendle, What Have You Done?! (Peggy Perry Anderson)
-The simple text of this book allows for a lot of improvising, which we love. I hear Will often "quoting" this book by saying, "Oof!" or "Wendle has the razor!" or "We are not playing chase!" (Not very articulately, but I pick it up!)

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin
Duck and Goose - Goose Needs a Hug
Duck and Goose - How Are You Feeling? (Tad Hills)
-These are the more simple books in the Duck & Goose series. He's not yet willing to sit through the more complicated text of the more "grown up" Duck & Goose books, but I'm sure when he is old enough, those will be favorites, too (I find them delightful!).

Cars and Trucks and Things That Go (Richard Scarry)
-We actually have two copies of this book and keep one on each floor by the toilet- it's our "try and go poop" book for Will. (Not us. I promise.) On each page he says, "Where's Bolebug?" (Goldbug) If he can't immediately find him, he goes, "Nope!" He loves too many things about this book to list. It's been a favorite for a long time.

Finally, he's MAJOR into tractors right now.
Chug Chug Tractor (DK Publishing) and Tractor - Machines at Work (DK Publishing)
-These were birthday gifts. Chug Chug Tractor is full of sounds and flaps and simple text. I actually don't think it will stay "good" for a lot of kids so that's a bummer. It's very "kid" oriented where Tractor can really grow with him as it's full of good info as well as great pictures.

That wraps up our current favorites list! But I want to mention a couple that were favorites two months ago, when he started going through a "string instruments" phase. He still loves string instruments (especially guitars and the double bass) but the books have worn off. Still, I want to remember! : )

Meet the Orchestra (Ann Hayes/Karmen Thompson) and Strings (Wendy Lynch)
-He called Strings his "cello book" ("Chocho book") and took it to bed a LOT. And because of Meet the Orchestra, he knows the names of lots of instruments like the piccolo and the French Horn. These are going back to the library next week as they've been renewed at least four times!

And just for kicks, this is the favorite stuffed animal of the day:
His "carnal" :)
Kissing his "carnal"

Saying "my carnal!" See also the beloved blanket! That will always be a fave!


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