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1. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
This was the first book I actually memorized. It rhymes, so that helps. We initially checked it out from the library and I read it so much to Little Man that he got it for Christmas. Even though he's had this book for 4 years now, he still loves it and I still find him coming back and reading every so often. It's a great little bedtime story. Great for trying to get your construction loving boys to bed. Even the construction vehicles need to go to bed sometime! The author has written another book, Steam Train Dream Train which is another favorite, but we don't own it...yet.
2. The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey
This was another of Little Man's favorites. I read it so much that I would actually speed read it! And he memorized it! I found him sometimes sitting on his bed reading it! It's got so many words though even though the story repeats itself. But it's a great story for teaching that being poky isn't always the best thing.
3. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Who doesn't love this book? We got it last year during the Summer Reading Program at the library. And since then it has been a favorite of Little Man. What a great story! The smallest engine can pull the train over the mountain. It's got a great theme for little kids, though some of the things the children on the other side of the mountain are waiting for are a little out dated. (Who's giving their kid a jack knife this year for Christmas?)
4. Hippos Go Berserk! by Sandra Boynton
Ah Sandra Boynton. This was the first book that Princess actually LOVED from the library. I read it so much I had to hide it in order to take it back. And then I made the mistake of getting it for her for Christmas! This is yet another book I have memorized, thanks to the rhyming. I've recited it to her at various times without the book present! This is a great little book about how a lonely hippo simply calls a couple friends and it becomes a full blown party! (Who hasn't done that?) But then when everyone finally leaves, what is that one hippo to do?
5. The Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton
Yet another Boynton favorite in our household! And look, more hippos! Do you know what hippos love? Their belly buttons! We've read this book so much that we now must refer to Princess's belly button as her "Beeboo." (The little hippo in the book calls it a "beebo.") Another rhyming adventure with a hippo and where do hippos go to show off their belly buttons? Why Belly Button Beach of course! So cute and so much fun!
So those are our current favorites in this household. But let me share a couple of my favorite children's books with you. These were actually my favorites growing up. (I'll do another post later of my Reading Rainbow favorites!)
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
This interactive book for children was my very first favorite book. My mom remembers lying on the couch reciting it to me. I have bought it for my children. And, yes, I do have it memorized. It's definitely a favorite of ours!
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
As I grew, I LOVED these books. There's a whole series of them! They start when Ramona is 4 years old (Beezus and Ramona) and end when she is in fourth grade (Ramona's World). Granted, some of the words are a little outdated (arithmetic anyone?) but the general themes are there. Anyone in elementary school can relate to being sick at school or riding the bus for the first time. Cleary also wrote books about others in Ramona's world, like Beezus's friend Henry Huggins. And there were others as well, along with books about animals (Ralph S. Mouse and others). All in all a great series of books!
So there you have it! Our favorite books. I know my kids' favorites will change with time, but otherwise, it's nice to see them love reading and bug me to go to the library!