A Squared: Our 10 Favorite Books for Story Time

Friday, June 9, 2017

Our 10 Favorite Books for Story Time

My Hannah has a lot of amazing qualities (I'm not biased or anything), but one of the things I love most about her is how much she adores books! For about as long as she's been able to sit up and use her hands, we could give her a book and she'd examine it, flip through the pages, turn it over, and start again. And thank goodness she loves them because as the daughter of two avid readers and the granddaughter of a preschool teacher, this kid has what seems like a never-ending supply of books. In the living room, I keep the lowest shelves of one of our bookcases stocked with her learning board books-- the ones that are more about learning words, numbers, and colors than about stories. In her room, however, we have a good sized bookshelf filled with story books.

 Ever since she was just a few weeks old and couldn't even hold her head up or really pay attention, we have read a story with Hannah before bedtime every night. Sometimes we pick a short one if she's super tired or wiggly, sometimes we'll pick a seasonal one depending on which holiday is approaching, but mostly we gravitate toward the same handful. We have a lot of favorites-- and here are ten of them:

1. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker - This adorable book about construction equipment going to sleep was one of the first books in Hannah's collection. Of course the daughter of an architect would need this one!
2. Olivia by Ian Falconer - My 5-year old niece is a longtime Olivia fan and after reading her books, I understand why. This precocious little piglet is so much fun and her big dreams and cute antics will make you laugh as you read along.
3. Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson - My mom got this one for Hannah recently and it has quickly become a favorite. This book asks you to play along in the seed planting process: Clap to make the rain fall, tap the seeds to help them grow, and count the flowers as they sprout. It's a fun way to keep a wiggly one year-old engaged.
4. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats - This book is a classic and one I remember reading with my mom as a kid. It's a simple story about a boy in the big city experiencing a big snowfall-- totally relatable for my little urban toddler!
5. Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton - Hannah is a really musical kid so any book with rhyming and rhythmic writing is guaranteed to be a favorite of hers. Barnyard Dance teaches farm animal names and noises via a cute little square dance-inspired rhyme.
6. The Sneetches & Other Stories by Dr. Seuss - This collection of Dr. Seuss stories is not one of his most famous, but it is one of my favorites.  I never tired of reading "What Was I Scared Of?" (a.k.a. the story of the pale green pants with nobody inside them) over and over again as a kid and love reading it to Hannah now.
7. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault - This was one of my mom's go to preschool books and it is in heavy rotation at story time at our house too. Hannah loves the rhyming and bright simple graphics. And it's a fun way to learn the ABC's.
8. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle - Another rhyming book c/o Bill Martin along with the recognizable illustrations of Eric Carle, another one of our children's book favorites. Hannah is totally captivated by this book (and the 3 companion Bear, Bear books too). The pictures are big and simple, the writing is short and rhythmic and she kicks her feet to the beat!
9. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney - This is one of mommy's favorites and especially in those early weeks of motherhood, would have me all weepy at story time. If you want to see where every mom learned and fell in love with the phrase "love you to the moon and back," read this book about the love between parent and child with a few tissues in hand.
10. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin - This book is a new classic. In fact, there's a sequel that just came out and it's on our wish list! It's a silly story that is literally about why dragons like to eat tacos, but not spicy salsa. If Guess How Much I Love You is mommy's favorite book, then this one is definitely a favorite of daddy's!

Did you find this list helpful? Here are a few others that you may like as well: My One Year-Old's Favorite Birthday Gifts, Our Favorite Things at 11 Months, Post-Christmas: Our Favorite Things at 8 Months, At 7 Months: 10 Baby Things We're Loving Lately


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