I am tickled to report our little man loves storytime. I choose to believe this is because we have read to him from the very beginning. As soon as he could sit still and listen long enough to make it through a short story we began making a point of reading to him every day as much as we could. We still read each night before bedtime – at least one book – but usually three or four. Reading has become part of our nightly ritual and amongst other benefits, helps to ratchet down the activity level and bring him into a quieter mood that’s conducive to restfulness.
We have read hundreds of books to him over his short life, but below are the ones he went back to again and again before he hit the two year mark, in no particular order. These are the books we’d buy again, if starting from scratch. They are the “heavy rotation” books that really captured his attention and charmed him, before he could talk and communicated clearly.
This is a classic. Seems like every new mom gets one (or two!) copies of this board book – and for good reason! Little eyes love to stare at these pictures. Recognition is important and the simple images with bright colors are fun and impressive to the smaller children as they are learning to put words to things. It’s a great book to keep tucked in the diaper bag to pull out when distraction is necessary.
This book wore me out to read – but it was a hot request. I think the rhythm of this story is what our child was enraptured with. It can be read in a sing-songy manner and sounds different than the standard story to kids. Plus, they get the added benefit of hearing the alphabet over and over and over. Exhausting to read, but such fun for the little one.
I had my doubts about this book when we received it at a shower. I thought there was no way he’d every like it, even though I found the illustrations charming. I was wrong – he loved it! Once he began eating solid foods, he would sit attentively and listen to us as we pointed out the different foods and told him about them. We’d talk about foods he’d eaten recently and what letters they began with and how to sound out the words. As he began speaking, this was one of his favorite books to “read”. He would be so excited to show us when he found his favorite foods hidden in here.
We must have read about this hungry caterpillar 500 times or more by the time he was three. Every day, multiple times a day, for months. He loved this book, probably more than any other at this stage. I even made him a Hungry Caterpillar birthday cake for his second birthday it was such a favorite book.