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I thought it might be fun to share what Serafina and I have been reading so far this month. We were blessed with lots of book hand-me-downs as well as books as gifts for Serafina’s first birthday last year (what we asked for). I’ll share a little bit about each book and why I like it for our reading time (in the reading corner or elsewhere!) for my spunky almost 2 year old.
by Leap Frog Lift-A-Flap
This cute [little] book gets tucked into my purse every time we go somewhere. It’s compact, has a bunch of colors, features a dog (loves her some dogs), and has flaps to lift. Pretty much a winner all around.
by Charles Fuge
Goodness sakes this book is uh-dor-able. The little girl has such an imagination, doing all sorts of fun things with various animals that turn out to be, at the end of the book, the stuff animals she sleeps with. My favorite page is the giraffe in the bath because Serafina is newly obsessed with bubbles (they fill the page!).
by Sandra Boynton
Like most of Boynton’s books, this is silly but super fun. It’s all about counting, something we’ve been doing with our gummy vitamins in the morning (no, I’m not overdosing my child…I’ve cleared these vitamin/mineral levels with our pediatrician). Add to that fun animals to identify and, *spoiler alert* even though all but one are named Bob, it’s a great read.
by Joanna Cole, illustrated by Maxie Chambliss
S is going to be a big sister in November (Lord willing, of course, so please [continue to] pray for the safety and growth of Baby Z #2!). I figured it would be a good idea to start now with the mental and emotional prep seeing as it will be a big adjustment to not be the only kiddo in the house. This is the only book in the stack (besides the Toddler Bible) that is not a board book so it’s also an opportunity to practice being gentle with books.
by Raffi, illustrated by Sylvie Kantorovitz Wickstrom
This classic song is brought to life in some adorable drawings by an obviously talented artist. Plus, Serafina loves singing (she always says, “More, more!” when a song’s over) so it’s a fun
by Katie Kobble, illustrated by Suzy Spafford
My Grandma Shirley always had the cutest Suzy’s Zoo stickers for us to play with when we were little. She has done some cleaning out of her kids books and gave me a fun Suzy’s Zoo book of opposites so when I saw this in a hand-me-down pile, I knew instantly that we’d enjoy it. It also reminds me of Grandpa Harvey (her husband), who is a retired dentist. And of course, it’s sweet in more than just relating to my dad’s parents, because it ends with the quote, “Sweet friends are even better than cake!” Love.
by Laurel Porter-Gaylord, illustrated by Ashley Wolff
Every morning when we come downstairs after changing her out of her nighttime diaper and putting on clothes for the day, Serafina calls for her daddy. She loves him as little girls should – unconditionally, with passion, and as a totally enthralled child. This book goes through what daddies do with their children but from the lens of a different animal for each action: “He takes naps with me” is illustrated with a lion lying down with his cub, “He sings me songs” shows a gray wolf and cub howling at the moon, and “He protects our family” is depicted by a musk oxen and calf. The science teacher in me loves it because a disclaimer on the copyright page states, “The animal behavior pictured in this book has been verified by wildlife biologists.” Sweet. Accurate depictions. Thank you, artists, for checking with scientists!
by Karen Katz
Serafina loves lifting flaps and is quite accomplished in identifying body parts (we’ve graduated to shoulder, elbow, and knee in addition to “normal” ones like eyes, ears, hands, feet). She enjoys lifting the flap to reveal the part but also likes pointing them out on me as well as herself.
by John Butler
Let’s face it, baby animals are adorable. These hand-drawn pictures definitely solidify that in my mind. But you really should see them for yourself. Oh, the cuteness…
by V. Gilbert Beers, illustrated by Carole Boerke
We’ve got a few different Bibles for itty bitties but this one has the least number of words per page. Seeing as Serafina sometimes uses reading time to turn pages as fast as possible, it’s nice that I can actually get through a story without worrying that we just the story of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea, David and Goliath, and Daniel in the lion’s den seeing as we only got to see one page of each of those!