My parents didn’t read to me as a child, nor did I own childrens books. I find this strange because my mom has always been a voracious reader. I inherited her love of books and read a lot once I got to school, but I have very little familiarity with classic childrens books. The first book I got from my mom was a romance novel when I was in sixth grade! Other than that, my only exposure to books came from school or friends. I was always envious of anyone in possession of Dr. Seuss books.
When Jack was born some friends and family members mailed us some childrens books, most of which I had never even heard of. My husband, on the other hand, has frequently claimed to remember reading these books as a kid. In fact, one such book was given to Jack by Joe’s aunt, who also gave the book to Joe when he was small.
Recently we attended a baby shower for a friend and one of the best parts was picking out some of the “must have” items as a gift. This, naturally, included books. It got me to thinking about the favorites in our little library, and the dreaded books as well (I’ll have to write a future post about that). Here’s a list of the goodies for those of you out there interested:
Guess How Much I Love You – this book slowly caught on but it is #1 on our list. It was certified as a favorite when Jack started “reading” along and stretching his arms out to immitate the bunnies in the book. Love it!
The Eye Book or The Shape of Me by Dr. Seuss – these books are pretty much the same, and we like them both. I like the colors personally. I thought I would be more excited about Dr. Seuss books but there are only a few I can stand reading repeatedly.
Inside, Outside, Upside Down – a Bernstein Bears book – Jack loves this one and I’m not exactly sure why (it’s so simple). Maybe because the bear shouts “Mama! Mama!” at the end.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown - this is one that I had at least heard of prior to having Jack, but my only experience with the story was through the Simpsons (anyone know where I can get the recording of Christopher Walken reading this?). Again, this book is extremely simple and I have no idea why Jack loves it so much, but he does. We have two copies and they are both falling apart already! This was the first book Jack started dragging off the book shelf for us to read.
Hondo & Fabian by Peter McCarty – we don’t actually own this one but read it just about every time we go to our friend Sabrina’s place (she works at a book store and is pretty obsessed with all kinds of books). Jack took to this one right away! I’d like to get Peter McCarty’s whole collection.
Pat the Bunny – this is the book given to Jack by Joe’s aunt, a book that Joe was also gifted with as a child by the same aunt. I had never even heard of this book! It is super cute and interactive, and fun when your kid tries to smell the flowers but isn’t quite sure how to make his nose work. Jack caught on pretty quickly to the inner workings of this book, and it taught him how to say “bye bye.” It’s definitely one of my personal favorites!
I’d love to hear your favorites, as well!