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Growing Up

Monster Must-Read Books

Our oldest daughter has been obsessed with Monsters Inc. for a few months now.  We still haven’t shown her Monsters University, but she doesn’t know any different.  She asks to watch Monsters Inc every family movie night.  We even indulged her love of Monsters Inc. by asking our talented crafty friend, Jenny, from Cooky Crochet to make us all a Monsters Inc. hat for Halloween (pictures to come!).

Our youngest daughter is getting in on the monster love too, her current favorite book is a monster book.  She just loves to “read” it! Continue Reading

Growing Up

Must Read Baby Books

This entry is part 12 of 31 in the series Baby Days

Our little one is turning one in one week.  I can’t believe how the time has flown and how much she is doing.  She just started walking this week. She still prefers crawling, but it is oh so sweet to see her toddling along eyes bright with the accomplishment!

In honor of her birthday, I thought I would share a book list just for little ones.  These are must read by the first birthday.  All introduce early concepts and all are fun for little eyes and ears. Continue Reading

Growing Up

Participation Required Picture Books

We are currently parents to two vastly different types of readers.  We have an enthusiastic reader, who will almost always pick books over toys and a reluctant reader not that interested in the written word just yet (yes, I do know she is under a year old and yes, I realize categorizing her as reluctant is a bit premature).  Mind you both of our “readers” are under the age of 3.  But these books are a hit with almost any age of kid from earliest “readers to early elementary.  These books will engage children by asking them to do something.

Note: This post includes affiliate links.  When you click on the images of each book (on the left) and make a purchase, your children will be grateful and so will I!  I will receive a small remuneration for referring you.  No pressure, the book list is free and libraries are amazing!

 

Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda – A new twist on a classic children’s story.  In this one, the reader is the wolf who needs to huff and puff to blow down the pigs’ houses.  And there is a twist ending, too.  There is not much prose in this book, so it is perfect even for the smallest of readers and it is attention grabbing and interactive.  Can you blow down the houses of the three little pigs?

 

Press Here by Herve Tuliet – I have included this book in other book lists, but it is truly a special book, deserving of a special place in every child’s library. It feels like magic as your child simply follows the instructions and turns the page to see what happens. Perfect for young ones just learning to follow instructions and preschool and early elementary ages who will marvel at their power to change the story.

 

Snowmen at Work by Caralyn Buehner- We discovered the Snowmen series when we were working on a winter unit for our One Year Old Preschool.  These books will be favorites of ours for years because they are so fun! What makes them even better is they have hidden pictures on each page.  Young ones will challenge themselves to find each hidden item throughout the book and congratulate themselves on eagle-eyed vision.

 

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson – I discovered this on a recent trip to the bookstore. It was sitting next to Press Here and I could just tell it had magic inside!  This book explores a tree through the seasons of the year.  Your child follows the instructions to interact with the book and this one is amazing (Check out the video on the amazon page to see what I am talking about, you have to scroll down to see it)!

 

Open Very Carefully, A Book with Bite by Nick Bromley.  Your little one will love to follow the crocodile found within these pages.  This is another book that requires the reader to follow some instructions to help the hijinks along.  The illustrations in this one by Nicola O’Byrne are amazing! Oh, and the publisher created some printable activity sheets as a companion to the book, get them here.

 

The Tale of Peter Rabbit, a Pull and Play story.  Get your little ones started early on this classic tale with an interactive story.  This is not your typical pop-up type book!  But what I love is it is sturdy in construction, basically guaranteeing you will be able to read this with your kids for years.  It is a perfect selection for little hands developing fine motor skills.

 

Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt.  This is a classic for a reason!  We started reading this to our girls before they were one year old and they loved it.  Each page gives the child something to do to show off their skills.  Our girls favorite is playing peek-a-boo with Paul.  We will be reading this for a long time, too!

 

One to Ten and back again by Betty Ann Schwartz.  We have had this in our collection for a long time and it still gets taken out and read frequently.  Each time the page is turned a ribbon appears with creatures resting on a flower.  Then when you get to the end of the book, you turn it over and read it again, counting down as the creatures go away, watching each ribbon disappear.  It is neat!

 

I complied this list as a companion to my work with the Picture Book of the Day bloggers.  You can find an amazing list of books on almost any topic on our Pinterest board.  Today’s Picture Book of the Day from this list is Huff & Puff, a current must read (every day) book around here.

Happy reading!

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Note: This post includes affiliate links.  When you click on the images of each book (on the left) and make a purchase, your children will be grateful and so will I!  I will receive a small remuneration for referring you.  No pressure, the book list is free and libraries are amazing!
Growing Up

A Bed Time Book List

 

Note: This post includes affiliate links. When you click on the images of each book (on the left) and make a purchase, your children will be grateful and so will I! I will receive a small remuneration for referring you. No pressure, the book list is free and libraries are amazing!

At the beginning of last year we made a resolution to read to our daughter every day. When we started out she was 7 months old and the books we had to choose from that were appropriate to her age were limited, but we had lots of books for bedtime.

What we discovered was that bedtime book reading is the key to reading throughout the day.  Once we started reading diligently each evening, her passion for books in general grew.  She found new favorites and would spend hours looking at and “reading” books. Continue Reading

Growing Up

Book List: Toddler Colors

Here is a book list great for ages 1-3 (and up on some of them) for toddlers to learn their colors:

 Note: This post includes affiliate links.  When you click on the images of each book (on the left) and make a purchase, your children will be grateful and so will I!  I will receive a small remuneration for referring you.  No pressure, the book list is free and libraries are amazing!

We are in the midst of a long unit in our One Year Old Preschool on colors and we have found lots of books we have loved.  And lots of them help toddlers to learn colors without being boring!  Here is a list of our favorite toddler color books: Continue Reading

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