When we showed Faye’s room last week, a few of you (it may have been on Instagram) asked about what books we’re loving these days especially when you saw the book ledges in her room.
We have children’s books spread out in three or four different places in the house–in the nursery, there’s a stack in the reading room, downstairs with the games and a couple in Greta’s room–but since Faye came along, we’ve been doing most of our reading in here. I rotate books a lot because Greta seems to constantly pick the same ones for me to read to her and variety is the spice of life, as it were. In fact, I have hid two particular books because not only can I not stand to read them one more time, I also plain don’t like these books:
Run, run run from these books! Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel I have read so many times and it’s fine, I guess. But I would be completely fine never reading it again. Curious George Gets a Medal is up for the worst children’s book in our home award. Chris and I are pretty convinced that H. A. Rey had no plan for this book, just kept writing and writing and making it up as he went. It could have been 6 different Curious George books–that’s how many different story lines there seems to be. There’s a letter. There’s a flood. There are cows and a museum and a trip to space?! We love other Curious George books, but this has got to be the longest, non-plot one we’ve ever read. If you find yourself only reading the first sentence on each page (like we were doing with this book) it might be time to rotate it out…and never bring it back.
Now on to a few good ones! My favorite books growing up were Bread and Jam for Frances, because it was/is dedicated to a Julia, and that hooked me. Now I love it because it helps Greta understand she can’t have a quesadilla for breakfast, lunch and dinner and snack. What a sad Frances, I mean Greta, that would make. I also loved Ruby the Copycat–which I absolutely need to find and add to this rotation. Jamie Lee Curtis’s book, Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods that Make My Day is a wonderful book that has a good meter to it. It goes through a dozen or so moods and feelings that you might feel and sweetly explains–it’s okay to feel that way. Love this one.
Dallas Clayton is kind of a modern-day Seuss. His books are heart-warming (and tear-inducing depending on hormone levels!), fun, and complete with silly illustrations. There’s no doubt in my mind these two An Awesome Book and It’s Never Too Late will become quick favorites among you and your children. We received both as a gift and let me tell you–greaattt gifts!!
The BabyLit collections are quickly becoming hot items for good reason–they’re the classics beautifully illustrated, child-appropriate (so, no, they don’t show romeo and juliet killing themselves at the end), and teach principles like color and numbers. You could frame each board page. Grab a couple for you and some for gifts, too.
There are several more we’re loving on these shelves–mostly all of them in the nursery right now (although I wish that Rainbow fish was nicer!)–but these are just the highlights. What books are you loving (or can’t stand to read one more time) these days?