The other day while we were in Lawrence, KS, I made Dave take the kids and I to The Toy Store. My Mother in Law had told me about it before so I figured we HAD to stop if we were in town. It was an absolute dream, as I am a SUCKER for kids toys. There were three floors full of the prettiest toys I had ever seen (and some I had seen before online...). My arms filled up with goodies and just as I was spiraling out of control I reached the book section. I am a sucker for kids toys, but I am a maniac for kids books. Luckily Dave found me, rerouted me, and talked a little sense into me too. I avoided the books and narrowed my selection. But kids books, mmmm. I love a good story, beautiful, colorful, and carefully thought out illustrations, crisp pages, and hard covers. They make me swoon.
Luckily for me, Emmet loves to read too! We've been in a routine of reading two books before nap and two books at night without fail, everyday, for as long as I can remember. And it is almost always me, too. Dave has tried to tag in (and I have tried to tag out!) but Emmet insists on our beautiful little routine.
For awhile now we've been enjoying larger, hardback books with a little bit longer stories (don't get me started on paperback books or dust jackets. Not a fan). Occasionally books get a little too wordy for Emmet's current stage, so I paraphrase and it works just fine! We only have pictured and/or listed a few of our very favorites. We have a TON more. So much that we can't actually fit anymore in our current book storage! This will become a problem here soon.
When picking books each night I try to connect what I pick to something we talked about, heard, saw, or did that day OR something that will be coming up. I don't always manage to do it, and we don't have a book for everything so it isn't always possible. But it really noticeably helped Emmet build his vocabulary! I'd swear to it.
I opened a few for you to see inside below, because you can't judge a book entirely by it's cover... but you CAN judge a book by one of the best pages inside.
-We are Brothers, We are Friends - Alexandra Penfold - The cutest story about a boy and his baby brother, a gift from my MIL
-Home - Carson Ellis - Different homes, real and make believe, around the world
-a Greyhound, a Groundhog - Emily Jenkins - The CUTEST book about a greyhound and a groundhog meeting with ryhming words and homonyms.
-If you give a Moose a Muffin (& a pig a pancake) - Laura Numeroff - Two classics in a whole series. Emmet LOVES them right now.
-We are the Gardeners - Joanna Gaines and Kids - Very fitting for the boys' first year of gardening and sooo cute.
-Little Boy - Alison McGhee - Just a little cute book about boys (that isn't TOO gendered). There are a lot of things in it that remind me of Emmet and it makes me smile.
-Dragons Love Tacos - Adam Rubin - This one is HILARIOUS. Just trust me and get it.
-Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth - Oliver Jeffers - Oliver Jeffers is one of my favorite author/llustrators. I wish we owned every one of his books. This is a cute one that is both informative about the earth AND reads more like a story which I love for bedtime. Plus it touches on being kind, taking care of the earth, accepting/admiring people's differences. You know, just laying a foundation for being a good human being.
-Sleep Like a Tiger - Mary Logue - A cute book that shows how different animals like to sleep.
-Gaston - Kelly Dipucchio - Two puppies who get switched at birth.
-They All Saw a Cat - Brendan Wenzel - Probably my favorite illustrations right now. This book follows a cat, but shows it from the perspective of other animals and how they see/experience it. It is REALLY cool.
-Dear Boy - Paris Rosenthal and Jason Rosenthal - If you've talked to me about kids books recently, I've told you about this book. Another gift from my MIL, this book has lessons for little boys that are SO IMPORTANT.
(not pictured favorites)
-Corduroy - Don Freeman
- Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
-Harold and the Purple Crayon - Crockett Johnson
**In addition to the books above, Emmet and I have also started reading The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh! We just have a few of the stories (though he has getting more for Christmas) that we read a little chunk of instead of two books.**