Luke walked up to me this morning, handed me the book called Noisy Kisses and said, "Mommy read me." I love it when he does this. I'm happy that he enjoys being read to just as much as Ava does. I'm proud that my kids love books so much. Ava has an excellent vocabulary and I attribute that to all of the reading we've done together. Luke is repeating words and some sentences from his books. Aside from all they're learning, it's also important to me to take advantage of this special time we have together. The kids are growing up so fast and it won't be long until Ava prefers reading on her own, as opposed to being read to while sitting on my lap.
I realized this while in Barnes & Noble a few months back. I started out in the children's picture book section, and then wandered over to young readers age 5-7 to pick up the latest Ivy & Bean, when all of a sudden a wave of sadness washed over me. It occurred to me that it won't be long until Ava outgrows the picture books altogether.
There's still time for picture books though and my realization has made me treasure my time spent reading to them even more.
We have many many favorites. Far too many to list them all. However, off the top of my head, I can say that some of our very favorites are Little Red Bird by Nick Bruel, We're All In The Same Boat by Zachary R. Shapiro, The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog! by Mo Willems, Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Lilly's Big Day, Yoko and Chrysanthemum by Kevin Hankes and Ballet Kitty by Bernette Ford.
What are your favorite children's books?