I love our library! Every Summer, even when I was young, they offered a program that if you read a certain number of books you received a prize packet. There are even offers for children to be read to! How wonderful is that? Such a good habit for me, personally, to get into-reading to my children.
The elder two are finishing up their lists, and I will post those as soon as I can, but these are some of the books I read to the youngest two, who are ages 3 and 1.5;
One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
We love this book! All the children have asked me to read it to them and it is such a classic precious book. I think the world needs less Monsters and more One Morning in Maine!
Peter Rabbit’s ABC, 123 by Beatrix Potter The one I have is not the 1,2,3 book but this was the closest I could find. It has the whole alphabet with each letter representing something from the Beatrix Potter series. I love using this for its pictures and letter sounds as we learn our alphabet together.
The Woods- By Paul Hoppe
My sister first introduced us to this book and it has quickly become a family favorite. Typically when I ask which book they all want to read before bedtime, this is the book they all quickly choose.
We Help Daddy- Golden Book
I love finding books at the thrift store. Golden books are my favorite, and this was one we picked up when our second child was a baby. This is typically the first one my hand goes to when I want to read to the children to encourage helpful happy behavior when called to “help” around the house.
Who doesn’t love the story about the 12 little girls in two straight line from the old house in Paris?
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans is one of those tales that just never gets old and can easily be recited from start to finish by all.
I’d Be Your Hero by Katheryn O’Brien, is a wonderful tale told between a mother and son about all the things he would do as a King and being heroic and what true heroism looks like. I picked it up as a Christmas gift and it has stayed close to home ever since.
If You Give a Moose a Muffin- Laura Numeroff He’ll want some jam to go with it…” and so starts the delightful spin off from If you Give a Mouse a Cookie… I love moose; they are so cute and the expressions painted is just darling. The children probably don’t go for this one as much as I do, but hey, it beats the constant rereading of…
How to Dinosaurs say I love You? By Jane Yolen Cute story but it gets old quickly. 😉 Only purchase if you are okay with constant rereading about dinosaurs acting like children. 😉
Little Blue Truck- by Alice Schertle. Call me a Sodbuster, but I really enjoy this book and the kidlets love reading along and adding their own dialog to the different farm animals that go along for the ride in the Little Blue Truck.
And on that note, I meant what I said and I said what I mean, a mother is faithful one-hundred percent! 😉
Horton Hears a Who! By Dr. Suess. What can I say? Dr. Suess was so brilliant and you appreciate him and his writings more as an adult than I did as a child. We don’t own very many, there is so much box on sox on fox on GAH! But, Horton and the Star Belly Sneeches are just one of the most brilliant children writings I have ever encountered.
There you have it, our summer reading for the youngest two. I hope you get some ideas and always check out your local library!