I think a better title for this post would be What books are all over your living room and your kids' bedroom? When we find books that Haiden and Piper like (especially if they both like the same one) I've found that we're reading them so often it hardly makes sense to put them away!
We're at an interesting stage right now in both Haiden and Piper's book preferences. Haiden just turned two. While he still loves board books, he's slowly moving into longer books, and I've found that he's very careful when he looks at books with “real” pages on his own. At the same time, if I choose the wrong book that's too long, he doesn't want anything to do with it. Piper is a different reader than Haiden was at her age of 12 months. She's super-calm, and she likes almost any book we read to her. She loves to look at board books on her own, but she'll sit through some of our longest stories without squirming or getting distracted. Haiden was nothing like that last year!
These are some of our current favorite children's books:
Cowboy and His Friend :: I picked this one up at the library since I was completely enamored by the simple, classic illustrations. I had no idea Haiden would love it so much! He has comments for every single page and wants to read it several times every night!
Where is Baby's Belly Button :: This was one of Haiden's favorites, and now Piper thinks it's the best book ever! It's a fabulous lift-the-flap number that makes her smile each time the hidden picture is revealed.
Sleepy Kittens :: Piper just received this for her birthday, but both of my little ones are thoroughly entertained by the story and the attached finger puppets! It's cute, and I like to make up extra songs to have the puppets dance to after we finished the story.
Snuggle Puppy :: I couldn't compile a list of favorite books without including something by Sandra Boynton. This one requires the reader to sing, but it also prompts for kisses, which is super-adorable! I have to add that my mother-in-law loves this book so much she's bought it twice for Haiden!
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear :: It took Haiden a little bit to warm up to this one, but now he can't get enough of it! My husband likes to act out all the sound effects and create funny voices as the narrator, which Haiden finds hysterical.
Tails :: I saved our best for last! This is a nicely interactive book that has entertained both Haiden and Piper pretty much since birth. It engages the senses and grows with your child. The bright colors are stimulating for baby, and there's a counting game at the very end for toddlers.
I love sharing our favorites, but my real intentions for posting this are to hear from you. What are your favorite books to read to your kids? What books do your little ones love?
I would absolutely love to get enough responses to put together a little list of the popular books, so please leave a comment with your favorites!