Day twenty-five of 30 blogs in 30 days
My kid loves to read. I credit myself because I used to read to her when she was still in her mama’s belly and when her ears were nothing more than nubby pinholes.
She loves a good episode of Yo Gabba Gabba or Wonder Pets… but nothing beats cuddling up to her old man and reading a book. I also enjoy it because it’s the only reading I get besides Entertainment Weekly.
And there are pictures.
And they’re only like twenty pages.
And there are pictures.
So here’s a countdown of the top five books that DLG likes her daddy to read to her:
5. I Love You Through And Through
Books hardly come more heartfelt.
The book allows you to hold your kid close and tell them how much you love them. If you haven’t read it before it will also help your kiddo learn different body part and emotions as the book tells you, “I love your hair and your eyes… your giggles and your cries.” If you’re anything like me then you’ll have kissed your kid 20 more times after the book is over.
4. No, David!
I believe that we got this book at a baby shower before DLG was even born. I remember skimming through it and thinking that I would never read it to DLG because it seemed so negative. It basically follows David as he does all these bad things (jumping on the bed, chewing with his mouth open, etc.) and yelled at to not do something in a varying number of ways (“Not in the house David!” or “Stop that this instant”, etc.). Why would I want DLG to be hit with all that negativity?
Also David looks like a little demon with his sharp little teeth.
What I didn’t know before she got here is that it is a very visual stimulating book for the little ones and it’s easy to follow along. Since “No” is one of the first words most kids learn then they can really get involved with the story and “read” along with you.
After reading it several hundred million times… I don’t see that the book has had any reverse effects on DLG regarding it’s “negativity”. I was perhaps just being too much of an anal father before she was even birthed.
3. Where’s My Teddy?
This book was also purchased for us before DLG was even born. What was once a crisp, new book is now a ripped, torn, chewed on mess of pages held together by a few staples. The book kinda plays into my own fears: the deep dark woods, being alone, etc. But what surprises you is its element of comfort at the very end.
It also rhymes and (like a song you hear on the radio) you’ll find yourself repeating the words while you carry on your menial tasks throughout the day.
2. Little Pea
Little Pea is a clever spin on the whole “getting your kid to eat their vegetables” idea. Little Pea is… well… a little pea who main food consists of candy, while his dessert is spinach. It’s a simple idea… but one I didn’t think of.
Little Pea’s authors also have two other books: Little Hoot and Little Oink with clever spins as well.
We don’t actually own this book. I have checked it out from the library four months in a row now though. Her birthday is coming up… I know at least one thing she’s getting.
1. Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?
I don’t know what it is about this book… but DLG loves it. Between her mama and I, we’ve read it no less that 150 times.
I always think it’s humorous when these books are “written by” someone. All this book does is recite what differing animals see in the zoo. It ain’t a book on nanotechnology so I can’t imagine the author spent a long time grinding their teeth on what was going to happen next.
Regardless, Eric Carle is the artist who’s has drawn all the pictures in the book and he’s fantastic. I didn’t know this until recently but Eric Carle has written and illustrated something like 75 books and DLG loves every one of them. But Panda Bear holds a special place in her heart because it’s the first book she was able to “read” (or memorize) all by herself.
Also check out “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You See?”
What books do you read to your kid(s)? What books do you remember getting read to as a kid?
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