Monday, March 4, 2013

Growing a Hunger for Books

Wednesday is World Read Aloud Day, but in our house we read aloud everyday.

Especially today.

Both girls were home sick, and I spent the day with my two special Snuggle Puppies. The day was filled with upset tummies, chicken noodle soup, heaps of laundry, but also stories. For my little one, who is nine months old, I just love watching her eyes light up when we read together.

Board books are such a fantastic way to get children's books into the littlest of hands. I love setting her down near the bookshelf in her room and seeing which book she pulls off the shelf.

If I had to pick the top 5 board books we read in our house, which seems like an impossible task, it would have to be:
5. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
4. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss (Which I have read at least a zillion times since having Miss. M six years ago.)
3. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
2. Hippos Go Berserk! by Sandra Boynton
1. Snuggle Puppy! A little love song by Sandra Boynton

Snuggle Puppy is hands down our favorite because we don't read it, we sing the story. I have been singing it for six years now. And now, I love to hear my oldest sing it to her little sister.

It is always an adventure reading to little ones. Reading with babies is something that requires all the senses- looking at the pictures, listening to the words, feeling the way the pages turn, and touching the illustrations.

Sometimes, we read the books. Very often, we just look at the pictures.
And sometimes, I am just trying to keep her from eating the books.

Literally, she has grown a hunger for books.

But there are those moments, like today when she discovered that tails can be spiny, her chubby little hand touching the spines on the tail over and over, I know that I am fostering in her a love of books.

(If you don't have it, I recommend Tails by Matthew Van Fleet. Our book is worn with love.)

What are your favorite board books to share with your little readers? 


  1. I have no board books or little readers, but I have so much love for that little one in your post!! Her tiny legs kill me!!

  2. You are sweet. Her little legs are long and lean. She is a petite little thing. She would have so much love for you, too.

  3. Well you listed most of our faves!! I could recite "snuggle Puppy" and "hippos go berserk" in my sleep!!! We also love "have you ever tickled a tiger?" and several Elmo books (bc my 18 month old is obsessed with the little red monster). Never read the gorilla book you mentioned- going to check it out! PS- I love Jo's sweet little legs too. What a doll!!!

  4. Good Night Gorilla was one of our favorites too! And so many of the Sandra Boynton, especially The Going to Bed Book. Also, I Went Walking, and Peek-a-Who?

    The Gossie books came out after my kids were too old, but I've enjoyed giving them to little nieces and nephews.

  5. Oh! We don't have any Gossie books. So many of the board books I have I purchased for my oldest or were gifts. I will have to check those out.


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