Shiloh has recently fallen in love with reading. It’s something that I always hoped for my child, but definitely haven’t pushed. I’ll be honest, we haven’t been very good at consistently reading to her, but thankfully she has started picking it up on her own. She is always asking for “buk”, and points to the room with her bookshelf. We sit on the couch in the morning and read book after book after book. Typically the same books over and over again.
Obviously, since Shiloh is still only about a year and a half old, she doesn’t have a very long attention span. However, I have been trying to encourage her that once we start a book, we sit until we finish that one. Because of this though, most of our favorite books are short and sweet with a lot of different pictures that we talk through after reading each page.
I have made a list of some of our favorite books around here. They are the ones that are tried and true. The ones that she grabs for me to read to her every single day without a doubt. I definitely recommend all of these, for different reasons. Some are educational, while others are just fun, and some just have a sweet storyline. I think it’s good to have a mix among their collection.
I think books are one of my favorite things to buy her. When we go to a book store and flip through page after page, looking for the perfect one to bring home. The perfect one to bring into our home, and the story to be a part of for years to come.
- ABC: TouchThinkLearn – This book has really fun illustrations, and is a great one to teach ABC’s. One of my friends got this with her one day at the book store, and I absolutely love it.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – My mom gave me this Rifle Paper Co. edition last Christmas, and it is beautiful. Shiloh and I have been slowly reading through it a little bit at a time. She loves the illustrations, and I read to her while she plays. I know it will take us a while, being that it is a chapter book, and I’m not sure how much she understands, but I know we have to start somewhere, so why not sooner rather than later.
- I am Bunny – This book is very special. This was Josiah’s absolute favorite book growing up. He had it memorized, and still does to this day. Right after Shiloh was born, my sister-in-law gave this to me for Shiloh to have now. It is a great one with short sentences and engaging pictures.
- This is Not a Book – I promise it really is a book. It is such a fun book to play and interact with the kids with. It has no words, but instead large pictures on every page, showing different ways that it can be used instead of a book. A piano, a keyboard, a stage, a butterfly… It opens conversation and imagination.
- Tickle Tickle Peter – Just a short and sweet book with sensory experiences throughout it.
- The Quiet Book – This is one of the books that we have had and it has stuck for the longest. It walks through all different reasons and scenarios as to which one would need to be quiet. The illustrations are adorable too.
- Me With You – I think this is my personal favorite. It is a really sweet story about how the child is with their father. How they cannot be them without each other. How they need and lean on one another. Definitely a winner.
Seriously, if you need any new books, and who doesn’t, these are definitely worth a try. Hope this is helpful. But I am always looking for new suggestions, what are your favorites? What are some that your children just can’t get enough of?