Monkey H is my youngest daughter. She is 18 months old and I have already started her on the road to Booktopia. We spend our Saturday’s going to the park and then the library or vice-verse depending on the time of day we finally make it out of the house or what other errands we have to take care of.
This week we have two books that we have held onto because she keeps picking those out of the stack first and then three new ones.
Book 1: Goodnight Goodnight Sleepyhead by Ruth Krauss
“Eyes, nose, fingers, toes, lips, hair…EVERYWHERE”
This book seems to be her favorite at the moment. We have actually had this one for 3 weeks now.
A little one tells all her stuffed animals and dolls good night, then the room itself before being tucked in by her mommy. When reading it to H, I point out her eyes, nose, fingers etc. Then she tries to point out mine. It has been a great bedtime story for her, even at nap time.
Book 2: Tickle by Leslie Patricelli
This is her next favorite, held over from last weeks trip. A little boy starts the book by stating “I am NOT ticklish!” Then the Tickle Monster, aka dad, appears. The pages go on showing where the little boy is ticklish. These spots just so happen to be the same places H is also ticklish so we basically get to act out the story. That makes it one of my faves too because there is no better sound than that of my babies laughing.
Book 3: How Do You Sleep? by Louise Bonnett-Rampersaud,illustrated by Kristin Kest
This is a new book to us this week. I will admit, the library we have been going to most often doesn’t have a large selection of books for itty ones. We tried a couple of ‘bigger’ books last week but H just doesn’t have the attention span for Curious George just yet. I was trying to stick to board books this time. This book was a great choice though. The story uses rhyming as many board books do but I absolutely love the illustrations. They are bright and detailed. H likes pointing out the different animals and I tell her what they are called. She has ‘dog’ down pat, but there are none in this book so we work on expanding that vocabulary.
Book 4: Grumpy Cat by Britta Teckentrup
This is becoming a favorite, I mean who doesn’t love a grumpy cat. Cat is a stray that is all alone until one stormy night when Kitten decides to be his friend whether he likes it or not. We are a family of animal lovers and this is a story of learning to see good in others. And it’s got cats 🙂
Book 5: Pride & Prejudice a counting primer by Jennifer Adams; art by Alison Oliver
OK, I know you are probably thinking “Really?!? She wont sit still for Curious George so you get her Pride & Prejudice??” Let me explain. I have read the original and the Zombie versions of this classic and loved them both. When I saw this on the shelf, I laughed out loud and then promptly stopped because we were in the library. My first thought was “I have to get this if for no other reason than to blog about it. So see, I was really just thinking of all of you. It is actually a cute little counting book. This is my favorite page “4 Marriage Proposals”
I like the illustrations and we are starting on the road to learning numbers with this book. And someday, when she is forced to read the original in high school AP Lit I can tell her she just needs to read it as a refresher since she loved it as a kid.