In our house, Tuesdays are library days. We grab our Princess Sofia book bag, I stop at DD for a big coffee, and we head out to find new adventures and to meet new friends. We are blessed to have an amazing, busy local library. There are always lots of kids for Evie to play with and the toys and puzzles rotate on a monthly basis depending on a chosen theme (ex. insects, dinosaurs, safari animals).
The first thing we do is pick out new books and music. Then Evie plays on the computer while I search for more books. I always pick a mix of fiction and non-fiction for her.
Here are some of Evie’s top picks for the year:
Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. A classic for a reason. And a reminder that people once had fantastic vocabularies!!! This particular book was 3D and included lots of lift the flap and pull the arrow interactive illustrations.
What the Ladybug Heard by Julia Donaldson. A fun rhyming story about how a little ladybug saves the farm from robbers.
Wild About You! by Judy Sierra. Another rhyming animal story, this is the tale tells the story of a kangaroo desperate for a baby. When a random egg shows up, she adopts it only to find it’s a penguin. With the help of her animal friends, she raises the penguin as her own. An “it takes a village” tale for kids!
Adelaide by Tomi Ungerer. Adelaide is a special kangaroo. She can fly! Evie enjoyed reading about her adventures around the world and I loved how the illustrations reminded me of my favorite kids book, Dr. DeSoto.
Snow Bunny’s Christmas Wish by Rebecca Harry. This was one of those books that we added to our collection. Evie wanted to hear the story 2 and 3 times a day and eventually memorized the book. It’s a wonderful story about a thoughtful little bunny who puts others’ needs in front of her own. She is rewarded in the end with many new friends.
Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson. Follow Mouse on his adventure to school and see what the kids get to do all day.
Rhino’s Great Big Itch by Evie LOVED this story about how little animals can make a big difference.
The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri. Follow squirrel on his adventures as he prepares for winter. This was another book that Evie memorized and insisted we purchase!
Julius: The Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes. We really love anything Kevin Henkes writes but Evie found this one especially amusing. It’s the story of Lilly and how much she despises her new baby brother. He smells and gets all the attention and she simply won’t stand for it! One day when someone else comments on how awful babies are, Lilly realizes she does love Julius after all. A perfect read for anyone expecting a sibling!
The Bear Who Shared by Catherine Rayner. Talk about beautiful illustrations! Love the artwork in this tale that speaks to the benefits of sharing.
A Squirrel’s Tale by Richard Fowler. My brother picked out this book for Evie while vacationing on Skyline Drive. It was the perfect pick. It’s a story about a squirrel trying to remember where he stored his nuts. But the story isn’t the best part! The book has a series of tracks and tunnels for the cutout squirrel to follow, allowing him to POP into the next page. Evie just loves moving the squirrel from page to page and seeing where he ends up!
Not pictured, but also high on our list and in our home collection are:
The Llama Llama series by Anna Dewdney
The Kissing Hand series by Audrey Penn
Any Little Critter book by Mercer Mayer (including the Early Reader books)
For us, reading means time together. It means using our imagination. It opens the lines of communication for us to talk about story lines and how we can relate.
Where will your books take you today?